Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University.
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison
Dr. Karraker's research focuses on how different measures of social status (education, income, subjective socioeconomic status, race, gender) impact health and well-being, particularly in later life. One current project examines how employment conditions confer psychosocial resources (such as environmental mastery) that individuals can employ to generate and protect health. Another project looks at the role of cognitive and noncognitive human capital in explaining educationalgradients in health behaviors.
Karraker, Amelia. 2014. ""Feeling Poor": Perceived Economic Position and Environmental Mastery among Older Americans." Journal of Aging and Health, 26(3): 474-494. PMCID: PMC3981921. DOI. Abstract. Public Access.
Herd, P., Amelia Karraker, and E. Friedman. 2012. "The social patterns of a biological risk factor for disease: race, gender, socioeconomic position, and C-reactive protein." The Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 67(4): 503-13. PMCID: PMC3695599. DOI. Abstract.
Karraker, Amelia. Forthcoming. "Heterosexual expression at older ages." In International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Oxford: Elsevier.