Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health


Philippa J Clarke, PhD

Phone: (734) 647-9611
Fax: (734) 936-0548
Office: 3340 ISR
426 Thompson St.

Research Associate Professor,
Institute for Social Research
Research Associate Professor, Epidemiology

Research Interests:
Dr. Clarke's research interests are in social epidemiology, social gerontology, life course perspectives, models of disability, and population health. She is primarily interested in the social determinants of health at both the micro and macro levels of social reality and at the intersection of these levels as well. Her current work examines the role of the built environment on mobility disability, cognitive function, and social participation (with data from the Duke EPESE Study and the Chicago Community Adult Health Survey); the effect of the urban environment on disability trajectories over time (with national data from the Americans’ Changing Lives Study); the health and social factors influencing the use of assistive devices (with data from the Canadian Study of Health and Aging); and cross-national disparities in disability and psychosocial resources (comparing data from the US Health and Retirement Study and the English Longitudinal Study on Ageing).

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K01 Career Development Award, funded by the CDC