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Phone: 773-256-6341

Director, Population Research Center, NORC & University of Chicago
BA Western Michigan University, 1987
MPP University of Chicago, 1990
Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, 1998

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Professor Cagney's work examines social inequality and its relationship to health with a focus on neighborhood, race, and aging and the life course.  She has developed a series of papers on neighborhood social capital and its relationship to outcomes such as self-rated health, asthma prevalence, physical activity, and mortality during the 1995 Chicago heat wave.  She also focuses on the validity of such measures and the development of new neighborhood-based metrics that reflect the perceptions and experiences of older residents.  Currently she works on two Chicago-based studies of neighborhood context and older adult health, and is examining the role of the social and physical environment in older adult well-being with the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project.

Selected Publications

Cagney KA, Browning CR, Jackson AL, Soller, B.  Social network, neighborhood, and institutional effects in aging research:  An integrated "activity space" approach to examining social context.  InNew Directions in Social Demography, Social Epidemiology and the Sociology of Aging, Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; National Research Council; Waite LJ, Plewes TJ, eds. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2013. 

Bromell L, Cagney KA.  Companionship in the neighborhood context: Older adults’ living arrangements and perceptions of social cohesion. Research on Aging, 2013, doi: 10.1177/0164027512475096.

Cagney KA, Browning CR, Iveniuk J, and English N.  The onset of depression during the Great    Recession: Foreclosure and older adult mental health.  American Journal of Public Health, 2014;104:498-505.

York Cornwell E, Cagney KA.  Assessment of neighborhood context in a nationally-representative sample of older adults.  Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences. 2014; doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbu052.

Browning, C R, Cagney, KA, Morris, K.  Early Chicago School theory. In Bruinsma G (ed), Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Springer New York. Pp. 1233-1242. 2014. 

Hawkley LC, Kocherginsky M, Wong J, Kim J, Cagney KA.  Missing Data in Wave 2 of NSHAP: Prevalence, Predictors, and Recommended Treatment.  Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 2014;
doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbu044. 

Saunders M, Lee H, Maene C, Schuble T, Cagney KA.  Proximity does not equal access: Racial disparities in access to high quality dialysis facilities.  Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 2014; 1: 291-299 (senior author).

Iveniuk J, O’Muircheartaigh C, Cagney KA.  Religious influence on older Americans' sexual lives: A nationally-representative profile.  Archives of Sexual Behavior, 2015; doi 10.1007/s10508-015-0534-0. 

Kelley-Moore JA, Cagney KA, Skarupski KA, Everson-Rose SA, Mendes de Leon CF.  Do local social hierarchies matter for mental health? A study of neighborhood social status and depressive symptoms in older adults Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 2015; 10.1093/geronb/gbv047. 

Jeremy N. Miles JN, Weden MM, Lavery D, Escarce JJ, Cagney KA, Shih RA.  Constructing a time-invariant measure of the socio-economic status of U.S. census tracts.  Journal of Urban Health, forthcoming.