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Stephanie A. Robert, MSW, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Ph.D., Sociology and Social Work, University of Michigan, 1996
MSW, University of Michigan, 1993
B.A., Sociology, University of Vermont, 1988
Office Address:312 School of Social Work
Aging and health; social and economic determinants of health; neighborhoods and health; racial disparities in health.
Professor Robert’s research focuses on how social and economic aspects of people’s lives affect their health and well-being over the life course. She demonstrates how socioeconomic status and race affect health over the life course and into old age. Many of her publications focus on how neighborhood context affects the health of residents and contributes to health disparities. She is co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program, which trains postdoctoral researchers from a range of fields to conduct research on population health, and to translate that knowledge into practice and policy.
One of her current research projects examines the general public’s views about health disparities by race, income, and education. She aims to see to what degree people recognize that health is affected by a range of factors, not just medical care and individual health behaviors. She examines the public’s willingness to consider new social and economic policy as mechanisms to improve physical health and reduce health disparities.
Another current project examines the time use of older adults, examining racial and educational differences in time spent on caregiving and volunteer activities. Yet another project examines whether the social environment contributes to birth outcomes and racial disparities in birth outcomes in Wisconsin. Her ongoing research also examines multiple facets of neighborhood environments and how they can promote or inhibit health among residents, particularly older adults.
Impact of County Disadvantage on Behavior Problems Among US Children With Cognitive Delay. American Journal of Public Health. 104(11), 2114 - 2121.(2014).
The Effect of Parent–Child Function on Physical Activity and Television Viewing among Adolescents with and without Special Healthcare Needs. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education. 59(3), 305 - 319.(2012).
Health Disparities among Older Adults: Life Course Influences and Policy Solutions. ( , Ed.).Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences. 121-134.(2011).