Senior Fellow Kathleen Cagney directs NORC's Population Research Center, which facilitates collaborative population research by economists, sociologists, psychologists, physicians, and other scientists. She also is associate director of NORC's Center on the Demography and Economics of Aging.
Cagney has focused on bringing together researchers from many scientific disciplines and examining diverse datasets to create a more holistic view of the social environment and its impact on health and well-being. Her work has provided a clearer view into how physical and social factors in surrounding neighborhoods and communities affect individual behavior and outcomes.
Cagney's research interests include urban social context, neighborhood effects and health, race and ethnic differences in access to health care and long-term care, life course approaches to research in health, and health status assessment and measurement.
Cagney is an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago in its departments of Health Studies, Sociology, and Comparative Human Development.