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Katrina M. Walsemann

Associate Professor, Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, University of South Carolina.

Off-Campus Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Dr. Walsemann is a population scientist whose research focuses on bridging life course analysis with sociocultural perspectives on population health. An important aspect of her research is examining how early life experiences can influence health and health inequities across the life course. Her work focuses on the ways educational inequities can influence physical and mental health during adolescence and transition into adulthood. Other projects focus on how marginalization (e.g., legal status, sexual minority status) impacts health and how debt, in the form of student loans, may reduce the generally positive association between education and health.

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Journal Articles

Zajacova, Anna, Katrina M. Walsemann, and J. Dowd. 2015. "The Long Arm of Adolescent Health Among Men and Women: Does Attained Status Explain Its Association with Mid-Adulthood Health?" Population Research and Policy Review, 34(1): 19-48. DOI. Abstract.

Osman, Amira, and Katrina M. Walsemann. 2013. "Ethnic disparities in disability among Israeli older adults: The role of socioeconomic disadvantage and traumatic life events." Journal of Aging and Health, 25(3): 510-531.

Walsemann, Katrina M., Jennifer Ailshire, B. Bell, and E. Frongillo. 2012. "Body mass index trajectories from adolescence to midlife: differential effects of parental and respondent education by race/ethnicity and gender." Ethnicity and Health, 17(4): 337-362. DOI. Abstract.

Walsemann, Katrina M., A. Bell Bethany, and R.A. Hummer. 2012. "Effects of timing and level of degree attained on depressive symptoms and self-rated health at mid-life." American Journal of Public Health, 102(3): 557-563. PMCID: PMC3487654.

Walsemann, Katrina M., and Jennifer Ailshire. 2011. "BMI Trajectories During the Transition to Older Adulthood: Persistent, Widening, or Diminishing Disparities by Ethnicity and Education?" Research on Aging, 33(3): 286-311. DOI. Abstract.

Annang, L., Katrina M. Walsemann, D. Maitra, and J.C. Kerr. 2010. "Does Education Matter? Examining Racial Differences in the Association Between Education and STI Diagnosis Among Black and White Young Adult Females in the US." Public Health Reports, 125(Suppl 4): 110-121. PMCID: PMC2882981. Abstract.

Gee, Gilbert, Katrina M. Walsemann, and D.T. Takeuchi. 2010. "English Proficiency and Language Preference: Testing the Equivalence of Two Measures." American Journal of Public Health, 100(3): 563-569. PMCID: PMC2820064. DOI. Abstract.

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