Position title: Professor, Social Work
Phone: (608) 263-6336
312 School of Social Work
1350 University Avenue
My research examines the social and economic determinants of health across the life course. Much of my work has focused on the effects of neighborhood, socioeconomic, and racial context on physical and mental health, particularly among older adults. Given the aging of our population, and disparities in health by race/ethnicity, SES, and geographical residence, my work helps us understand how to better serve vulnerable older adults to preserve health and well-being as they age. This research draws upon my expertise using a life course approach to studying place and health among older adults to capture both contemporary neighborhood context and health as well as changes over time.
CDE research theme area affiliations
Demography of Inequality; Health and the Life Course
Bergmans, Rachel, Mari Palta, Stephanie Robert, Lawrence Berger, Deborah Ehrenthal, and Kristen Malecki. “Associations between Food Security Status and Dietary Inflammatory Potential within Lower-Income Adults from the United States National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, Cycles 2007 to 2014.” Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2018). PubMed Central ID 5971121.
Bergmans, Rachel, Lawrence M. Berger, Mari Palta, Stephanie Robert, Deborah B. Ehrenthal, and Kristen Malecki. “Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Maternal Depressive Symptoms: Moderation by Program Perception.” Social Science & Medicine 197 (2018): 1-8. PubMed Central ID 5763005.
Boylan, Jennifer, and Stephanie Robert. “Neighborhood Ses Is Particularly Important to the Cardiovascular Health of Low Ses Individuals.” Social Science & Medicine 188 (2017): 60-68. PubMed Central ID 5563460.
Cheng, Erika R., Hyojun Park, Stephanie Robert, Mari Palta, and Whitney P. Witt. “Impact of County Disadvantage on Behavior Problems among Us Children with Cognitive Delay.” American Journal of Public Health 104, no. 11 (2014): 2114-21. PubMed Central ID 4202933.