My research centers on social determinants of health among older adults, with a particular focus on sociocultural, neighborhood, and psychosocial determinants of health. My research draws from multiple sources of data to investigate these relationships, including the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), the National Health and Interview Survey (NHIS), the Puerto Rican Elderly Health Conditions Project (PREHCO), the Hispanic Established Population for the Epidemiological Study of the Elderly (H-EPESE), the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS), and the American Community Survey (ACS). My recent work examines how the intersections of race and ethnicity, national/cultural origin, nativity, and gender influence older adult health in the United States. Results from this work 1) underscore how intersecting social disadvantages structure health inequalities, and 2) highlight the importance of avoiding pan-ethnic groupings that overlook important differences in chronic disease risk profiles among Latina/o/xs.
I am interested in working with undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in health disparities and aging in any of the three interrelated areas: 1) social environmental factors that increase risk of disease and disability; 2) biological mechanisms connecting social factors with health; and 3) Latina/o/x aging and health.
I am currently teaching social statistics for undergraduates (SOCI 206). This course is designed to familiarize students with fundamental statistical concepts and techniques sociologists use to answer questions about the social world.
Brown, Lauren, Catherine García, and Jennifer A. Ailshire. 2020. Does Telomere Length Predict or Explain Race/Ethnic Differences in Rates of Aging Among Older Adults? Biodemography and Social Biology (Forthcoming).
García, Catherine and Jennifer A. Ailshire. 2019. “Biological Risk Profiles Among Latino Subgroups in the Health and Retirement Study.” Innovation in Aging 3(2):1-14.
García, Catherine, Marc A. Garcia, Chi-Tsun Chiu, Fernando I. Rivera, and Mukaila Raji. 2019. “Life Expectancies with Depression by Age of Migration and Gender Among Older Mexican Americans.” The Gerontologist 59(5):877–85.
García, Catherine, Marc A. Garcia, and Jennifer A. Ailshire. 2018. “Sociocultural Variability in the Latino Population: Age Patterns and Differences in Morbidity among Older US Adults.” Demographic Research 38:1605–18.
Garcia, Marc A., Catherine García, Chi-Tsun Chiu, Mukaila Raji, and Kyriakos S. Markides. 2018. “A Comprehensive Analysis of Morbidity Life Expectancies Among Older Hispanic Subgroups in the United States: Variation by Nativity and Country of Origin.” Innovation in Aging 2(2):1-12.
- Aging and the Life Course
- Social Determinants of Health
- Health Disparities
- Quantitative Methods