Research Health Scientist, Center for Clinical Management Research (CCMR), VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan
Dr. Seelye's work examines the persistent exposure to adverse conditions for low-income individuals and the cumulative effects of these conditions in later life. While persistent, negative exposure affects all income groups, low-income individuals are particularly vulnerable because they disproportionately live and work in worse conditions - hazardous neighborhoods, substandard housing, riskier, more dangerous jobs, and insecure employment. As a sociologist, Seelye has sought theoretical and policy-relevant contributions that reduce inequality and improve the lives of people in poverty. In her dissertation, she examined the causes and consequences of residential immobility in disadvantaged, highly depopulated neighborhoods and considered how living in highly depopulated neighborhoods shapes the residential mobility decisions, social practices, and long-term health outcomes of residents. Her current work examines the relationship between cumulative exposures to poor housing conditions and health outcomes for older people.