Connecting the social and built environment to health and health inequalities

Kate Duchowny

Research Investigator, Social Environment and Health Program

I am a social epidemiologist and research investigator in the Social Environment and Health Program at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. My overarching research goal seeks to bridge the social, environmental, and biological determinants of musculoskeletal health and physical functioning in older adults to inform interventions. My current research is organized around two lines of inquiry: 1) Identifying which aspects of the built and social environment matter most in helping older adults maintain independence and physical mobility, and 2) Examining life course sociobiologic mechanisms (e.g., viral infections, mitochondrial function) that drive disparate outcomes in physical disability especially related to neighborhoods.