Western University SociologyFaculty of Social Science
Kim Shuey

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Kim Shuey, Associate Professor

Graduate Chair, Sociology

Ph.D Sociology, Florida State UniversityFull CV
M.S. Sociology, Florida State University
B.A. Sociology, Franklin & Marshall College


2009 Outstanding Publication Award, American Sociological Association's Section on Aging and the Life Course (co-recipients A. Willson, G. Elder, Jr.), received for "Cumulative Advantage Processes as Mechanisms of Inequality in Life Course Health" American Journal of Sociology


Dr. Shuey’s ongoing research focuses on health inequality over the life course and she is currently a co-principal investigator in a CIHR funded project that examines trajectories of health over the life course and across generations. She is also conducts research on the intersection of work, health, and aging in the new economy.

Current Research Projects

"Agency, resources, and resistance: Home/unschooling as a case study." Funded by a Faculty of Social Sciences internal research grant.

"Healthy & Productive Knowledge Workers: The Impact of a Personal or Familial Mental Health Issue in Health Care, Education and Accounting/IT Professions & Accommodating Return to Work." Funded by a SSHRC / CIHR Healthy and Productive Work Partnership development grant.

"Investigating health trajectories over the life course and across generations: A longitudinal analysis of the transmission of health and socioeconomic inequality from parents to their adult children." Funded by CIHR Operating grant in Advancing Theoretical and Methodological Innovations in Health Research.

Recent Publications (Past 5 Years)
>for more see Full CV

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

(2016) Willson, Andrea and Kim Shuey. “Life Course Pathways of Economic Hardship and Mobility and Midlife Trajectories of Health” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 57(3):407-22.

(2016) Etherington, Nicole, Andrea Willson, and Kim Shuey. "Heterogeneity in Chronic Disease Outcomes among Women and Men in Midlife: Examining the Role of Stability and Change in Childhood Economic Hardship" Longitudinal and Life Course Studies 7(1):3-24.

(2014) Shuey, Kim and Andrea Willson. “Economic Hardship in Childhood and Adult Health Trajectories:  An Alternative Approach to Investigating Life-course Processes” Advances in Life Course Research 22: 49-61.

(2013) Shuey, K. & E. Jovic."Disability Accommodation in Nonstandard and Precarious Employment Arrangements" Work and Occupations 40(2): 174-205.

Book Chapters:

(2016) Shuey, Kim, Andrea Willson, and Katherine Bouchard. “Disability and Social Inequality in Canada”  (pp. 258-273) in E. Grabb and N. Guppy (eds.) Social Inequality in Canada: Dimensions of Disadvantage, 6th Edition, Oxford University Press. 

Thesis Supervision

Supervisory Status:  MA, PhD 

PhD Thesis

Jennifer Elgie, Ph.D. Sociology, UWO. “A methodological approach to Aboriginal partner violence and the transmission of gendered trauma” (Supervisor)

Megan MacCormac, Ph.D. Sociology, UWO. “Case-based approach to family research” (Supervisory Committee Member)

Michael Haight, Current, Digital Inequality in Canada: Understanding Differentiated Use of the Internet (Supervisory Committee)

Nicole Etherington, 2016 Gender Differences in Health Trajectories over the Life Course  (Supervisory Committee)

Jillian Bracken, 2015 (Music Education) “Family Music Listening Legacies: A Case Study-based Investigation of the Intergenerational Transmission of Music Listenership in Selected Families” (Supervisory Committee)

Yvonne Asare-Bediako, 2014, “Children's Mental Health: The Contribution of a Sociological Perspective” (Supervisory Committee).
Emily Jovic, 2009, “On Time and Off Time Career Trajectories in the New Economy: The Case of Information Technology Work
” (Supervisory Committee)

MA Thesis

Vesna Pajovic, Current, MA, Sociology, UWO.  “Predicting classes of job stress and coping” (Supervisor)

Rhian Foley, Current, MA, Sociology, UWO. “Sexual violence policies on Canadian Campuses” (Supervisor)

Gwynne Ng, Current, MA thesis, Sociology UWO. “Acculturation, stress, and the health of recent immigrants” (Supervisory Committee Member)

Kyle Militello, Current, MA thesis, Sociology UWO. “Workplace expectations of post-secondary sexual minority students” (Supervisory Committee Member)

Kaitlyn Blair, 2015,  Looking to the Future: Considering the Educational and Occupational Aspirations of Deaf Canadians  (Supervisory Committee)

Veronica Zapotoczny, 2014, Examining Contextual Factors and Resilience in Adolescents who Faced Adversity as Children

Haosen Sun, 2014, The Role of Grandparent Support in Children’s Mental Health Outcomes

Kayla Baumgartner, 2011, Inequality in Perceptions of Health: A Crossnational Comparison

Kristen Bishop, 2011 (Health and Rehabilitation Sciences – Health & Aging), Developing a Model to Explain the Process of Aging with Adult-Onset Physical Disability (Supervisory Committee)

Elisabeth Bartlett, 2010, Inequality in Natural Health Product Use: The Canadian Regulatory Regime

MA Research Papers

Monica Bochus, 2015, Neighbourhood Context and Youth Mental Health: The Role of Local Community Programming in a Mid-sized Ontario Urban Centre

Michael Thorpe, 2011, Intervention Timing and Depression: An Examination of the Time Lapse Between Onset and Intervention

Post-Doctoral Supervision

2012-2013    Catherine Gordon

2009-2010    Emily Jovic