Health and the Life Course

This area uses sociological approaches to understand health as a manifestation of broader structures of social inequality and student health and aging over the life course as a social process. Special attention if offered to the intersections of individual lives, social structures, and social change. Research includes examinations of cumulative advantage processes as mechanisms of health inequality, social mobility and trajectories of health, inequality in health behaviours and well-being, health professions, work and health, family ties and aging, trajectories of socioeconomic status and health from early life through old age, intimate partner violence, and Indigenous well-being.

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Faculty experts in Health and the Life Course

Kate H. Choi, Associate Professor
Director, Centre for Research on Social Inequality

Kate Choi
  • Social Demography
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Social Inequality
  • Family Sociology
  • Racial Inequality
  • Quantitative Methodology
SSC 5331
519-661-2111 x85115
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Patrick Denice, Assistant Professor
Graduate Chair, Department of Sociology

Patrick Denice
  • Social inequality, social stratification, and mobility
  • Life course
  • Education
  • Labour markets
  • Union and non-union influences on wages

SSC 5407
519-661-2111 x85725
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Anders Holm, Professor

Anders Holm
  • Quantitative methods
  • Socioeconomic status over the lifecourse
  • Social stratification
  • Inter-generational mobility
  • Sociology of health

SSC 5327
519-661-2111 x 85515
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Rachel Margolis, Professor
Undergraduate Chair, Department of Sociology

Rachel Margolis
  • Demography
  • Social inequality
  • Family change
  • Aging

SSC 5326
519-661-2111 x82850
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Kim Shuey, Professor

Kim Shuey
  • Health and disability across the life course
  • Transmission of health across generations
  • Precarious employment, work and health
  • Environmental sociology.
On Leave - July 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023
SSC 5426
519-661-2111 x85135
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Andrea Willson, Associate Professor

Andrea Willson
  • Social inequality over the life course
  • Aging and the life course
  • Health effects of socioeconomic status across generations
  • Quantitative research
SSC 5423
519-661-2111 x85132
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Anna Zajacova, Professor

  • Social epidemiology
  • Health inequalities
  • Demography
  • Lifecourse and aging
  • Ethnicity
  • Quantitative methods

SSC 5330
519-661-2111 x85123
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