Exploring how individual, family, and neighborhood characteristics influence child health disparities.

 
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I am a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department at Rice University. My research investigates how family and neighborhood context influence child health and development. I am especially interested in identifying how characteristics within immediate and local environments set children on diverging health trajectories and contribute to disparities across race/ethnic groups and socioeconomic status.

In my dissertation, I examine the relationship between household debt- an understudied aspect of household socioeconomic status- and child health.  Specifically, I explore whether debt is an emerging mechanism of stratification and whether (and how) debt takes a toll on child well-being.