Lindsay R. Wilkinson

Assistant Professor of Sociology
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2014 Dual-Title PhD in Sociology and Gerontology, Purdue University
2010 M.S. in Sociology, Purdue University
2008 B.A. in Sociology and Psychology, maxima cum laude, Minor: Gender Studies Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa


Dr. Lindsay Wilkinson’s research and teaching interests include medical sociology, social stratification and health, aging and the life course, and quantitative methods. Her current projects include an examination of financial strain and health among older adults during the Great Recession, including the role of resilience, and trajectories of health problems and poverty among young and middle-aged women over three decades. She is also investigating unmet needs among chronic disease patients and their family caregivers.

Recent Publications

Wilkinson, Lindsay R., Kenneth F. Ferraro, and Sarah A. Mustillo. Forthcoming. “Wealth in Middle and Later Life: Examining the Life Course Timing of Women’s Health Limitations.” The Gerontologist (advance access).

Shippee, Tetyana P., Lindsay R. Wilkinson, Markus H. Shafer, and Nathan D. Shippee. Forthcoming. "Long-Term Effects of Age Discrimination on Mental Health: The Role of Perceived Financial Strain." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences (advance access).

Bernhart, John A., Kelly R. Ylitalo, M. Renée Umstattd Meyer, Eva I. Doyle, Lindsay R. Wilkinson, and Kahler Stone. Forthcoming. “Leveraging Household Structure for Increasing Adult Physical Activity in a Low-Income, African American Community.” Health Promotion Practice (advance access).

Wilkinson, Lindsay R., Kenneth F. Ferraro, and Blakelee R. Kemp. 2017. "Contextualization of Survey Data: What Do We Gain and Does It Matter?" Research in Human Development 14(3):234-252.

Wilkinson, Lindsay R. 2016. "Financial Strain and Mental Health among Older Adults During the Great Recession." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 71(4):745-754.

Ferraro, Kenneth F., Markus H. Schafer, and Linday R. Wilinson. 2016. "Childhood Disadvantage and Health Problems in Middle and Later Life: Early Imprints on Physical Health?" American Sociological Review 81(1):107-133.

Relevant Track:  Health and Society

Dr. Wilkinson's Full Curriculum Vitae.

Department of Sociology

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