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. Some of my ongoing research specifically aims to address the housing and long-term care needs of older adults, particularly those with financial insecurity.
CDE research theme area affiliations
Demography of Inequality; Health and the Life Course
Jenkins Morales, Meghan, and Robert, Stephanie A. “Examining consequences related to unmet care needs across the long-term care continuum.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Series B, 77, no 1 (2022): S63-S73.
Jenkins Morales, Meghan, and Robert, Stephanie A. “Housing cost burden and health decline among older adults.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Series B, 77, no. 4 (2022): 815-26.
Robert, Stephanie A., and Meghan Jenkins Morales. “Addressing health equity for older adults at the neighborhood level.” Generations Journal, 45, no. 2 (2021). [https://generations.asaging.org/health-equity-elders-neighborhood-level]
Jenkins Morales, Meghan, and Robert, Stephanie A. “The effects of housing cost burden and housing tenure on moves to a nursing home among low- and moderate-income older adults.” The Gerontologist, 60, no. 8 (2020):1485-1494.
Boylan, Jennifer, and Stephanie A. 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.