Research Fellow, Population Studies Center.
Research Fellow, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research.
Ph.D., New School for Social Research
Dr. Schmitz's research bridges theory and methods in economics, sociology, and genetic epidemiology to explore ways in which biological predispositions interact with economic and social environments to promote or impede health and social mobility across the lifespan. Her current research examines how economic disadvantage and related social stressors combine with genotype to affect health disparities at older ages; how genetic propensities and educational environment in childhood affect schooling and lifetime earnings; and how occupational characteristics, health, and the decision to retire are associated.
Schmitz, Lauren. 2016. "The Impact of Late-Career Job Loss and Genotype on Body Mass Index." Population Association of America, 2016 Annual Meeting,