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Mary Beth Ofstedal

Research Scientist, Population Studies Center.

Research Scientist, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research.

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Dr. Ofstedal's research interests include transitions in physical and cognitive functioning in old-age, issues relating to access and utilization of health and long-term care services, intergenerational relations and support, methodological issues in survey research, longitudinal survey design and analysis, and comparative research.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Sonnega, Amanda, Jessica Faul, Mary Beth Ofstedal, Kenneth M. Langa, James F. Phillips, and David Weir. 2014. "Cohort Profile: the Health and Retirement Study (HRS)." International Journal of Epidemiology, 43(2): 576-585. PMCID: PMC3997380. DOI. Abstract.

Wagner, James, Jennifer Arrieta, Heidi Guyer, and Mary Beth Ofstedal. 2014. "Does Sequence Matter in Multimode Surveys: Results from an Experiment." Field Methods, 26(2): 141-155. PMCID: PMC3992480. DOI. Abstract.

Jenkins, Kristi R., and Mary Beth Ofstedal. 2014. "The Association Between Socioeconomic Status and Cardiovascular Risk Factors Among Middle-Aged and Older Men and Women." Women and Health, 54(1): 15-34. DOI. Abstract.

Couper, Mick P., Mary Beth Ofstedal, and Sunghee Lee. 2013. "Encouraging Record Use for Financial Asset Questions in a Web Survey." Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, 1(2): 171-182. PMCID: PMC4181530. DOI. Abstract.

Sakshaug, Joseph, Mick P. Couper, Mary Beth Ofstedal, and David Weir. 2012. "Linking survey and administrative records: mechanisms of consent." Sociological Methods and Research, 41: 535-569. DOI. Abstract.

Cheshire, Hayley, Mary Beth Ofstedal, Shaun Scholes, and Mathis Schroeder. 2011. "A Comparison of Response Rates in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and the Health and Retirement Study." Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 2(2): 127-144. PMCID: PMC3890352. DOI. Abstract.

Ofstedal, Mary Beth, and David Weir. 2011. "Recruitment and Retention of Minority Participants in the Health and Retirement Study." Gerontologist, 51(suppl. 1): S8-S20. PMCID: PMC3106365. DOI. Abstract.

Chiu, C.J., L.A. Wray, and Mary Beth Ofstedal. 2011. "Diabetes-related change in physical disability from midlife to older adulthood: Evidence from 1996-2003 Survey of Health and Living Status of the Elderly in Taiwan." Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 91(3): 413-423. PMCID: PMC3055952. DOI. Abstract.

Schoeni, Robert F., and Mary Beth Ofstedal. 2010. "Key Themes in Research on the Demography of Aging." Demography, 47(Supple): s5-s16. PMCID: PMC3358696. DOI.

Liang, Jersey, Ana R. Quinones, Joan M. Bennett, Xiao Xu, Benjamin A. Shaw, and Mary Beth Ofstedal. 2010. "Evolving Self-Rated Health in Middle and Old Age: How Does it Differ Across Black, Hispanic, and White Americans?" Journal of Aging and Health, 22(1): 3-26. PMCID: PMC2833212. DOI. Abstract.

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