Curriculum Vitae

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

 2013—       Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology 

                     Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

                     Indianapolis, IN         

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

2013          NIA Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Population Studies Center

                    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

2011           Ph.D. in Sociology

                    University of Florida, Gainesville, FL           

2007         M.A. in Sociology

                    University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

2005         B.A., summa cum laude, in Sociology

                    University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Health and Aging
  • Disability and Mobility
  • Health Disparities over the Life Course
  • Chronic Disease/Comorbidity
  • Health Behaviors
  • Quantitative Methodology

REFEREED ARTICLES

Latham-Mintus, K. & Clarke, P. J. Linking mastery across the life course to mobility device use in later life.  The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Social Sciences.

Verbrugge, L. M., Latham, K., & Clarke, P. J. Aging with disability among midlife and older adults. Research on Aging.

Latham, K. “Taking a turn for the better”: Does recovery from self-reported walking difficulty improve disability and mortality outcomes? The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Social Sciences.

Latham, K. & Clarke, P. J. Neighborhood disorder, perceived social cohesion, and participation in valued activities:  Findings from the National Health and Aging Trends Study. Journal of Aging and Health.

Pavela, G., & Latham, K. (2016). Childhood conditions and multimorbidity among older adults. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Social Sciences.

Latham, K. & Williams, M. M. (2015). Does neighborhood disorder predict recovery from mobility limitation? Findings from the Health and Retirement Study. Journal of Aging and Health, 27, 8: 1415-1442.

Latham, K., Clarke, P. J., & G. Pavela. (2015). Social relationships, gender, and recovery from mobility limitation among older Americans.  The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Social Science, 70, 5, 769-781.

Karraker, A. & Latham, K. (2015). “In sickness and in health? Physical illness as a risk factor for marital dissolution in later life.The Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 56, 3, 420-435.

Holcomb, J., Latham, K., & Fernandez-Baca, D. (2015). Who cares for the kids? Caregiving and parenting in Disney films. Journal of Family Issues, 36, 14: 1957-1981.

Latham, K. (2014). The “long arm” of childhood health: Linking childhood disability to late midlife mental health. Research on Aging, 37, 1, 82-102.

Latham, K. (2014). Racial and educational disparities in mobility limitation among older women: What is the role of modifiable risk factors? The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Social Science, 69, 5, 772-783.

Clarke, P. J. & Latham, K. (2014). Life course health and social economic profiles of Americans aging with disability. Disability and Health Journal, 7, 1, S15-S23.

Latham, K. & Holcomb, J. (2014). Racial variations of parity status as a predictor of disability onset among old-old women. Journal of Family Issues, 35, 3,  291-311.

Latham, K. & Clarke, P. J.  (2013). The role of neighborhood safety in recovery from mobility limitations: Findings from a national sample of older Americans (1996-2008). Research on Aging, 35, 4, 480-501.

Latham, K. & Peek, C. W. (2013). Self-rated health and morbidity onset among late midlife adults. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Social Sciences, 68, 1, 107-116.

Latham, K. (2012). Progressive and accelerated disability onset by race/ethnicity and education among late midlife and older adults.  Journal of Aging and Health, 24, 8, 1320-1345.

Latham, K. (2011). Nursing home stays and the pace of severe disability onset. Research on Aging, 33, 6, 637-660.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Latham, K. (2016). Health disparities in families. Encyclopedia of Family Studies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Latham, K. (2016). Chronic illness and families.  Encyclopedia of Family Studies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Latham, K. (2012). Book review: School food politics: The complex ecology of hunger and feeding in schools around the world. Teachers College Record.

Peek, C. W. & Latham, K.  (2009). Acute and chronic illness. Encyclopedia of Death and the Human Experience. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Pub.

FUNDED RESEARCH

Indiana University Collaborative Research Grants program (IUCRG), Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. 2015. “Cumulative Disadvantage and Telomere Length as a Contributor to Cancer Disparities.” ($73,849)

IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI SLA Summer Research Grant, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. (2014) “Taking a Turn for the Better”: Does Recovery from Self-Reported Walking Difficulty Improve Disability and Mortality Outcomes?” Principal Investigator ($5,013)

MIDCA Pilot Grant, University of Michigan. 2012. “Socioeconomic Disparities of Participation and Time Use among Disabled Older Americans.” Principal Investigator ($10,000)

PSC Initiatives Fund Small Grant, University of Michigan. 2012. “Neighborhood Characteristics, Physical Activity, & Recovery from Mobility Limitations.”   Principal Investigator ($3,124)

HONORS AND AWARDS

Fellow, The Gerontological Society of America (2017), Behavioral and Social Sciences Section

Recipient, O’Neill Dissertation Fellowship (2011), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida

Recipient, Ben Gorman Award for Innovative Quantitative Work (2010), Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law, University of Florida

Recipient, The Jerome A. Connor Dissertation Award (2009), Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law, University of Florida

Member, Golden Key International Honour Society (2003), University of Florida

INVITED TALKS

“The Role of Social Relationships for Recovery from Severe Mobility Limitation among Community-Dwelling Older Americans.” Bowling Green State University Center for Family and Demographic Research (CFDR) Speaker Series, Bowling Green, OH. Wed Dec 4, 2013.

“Gait Speed, Mobility Device Utilization, and Social Participation: Findings from the National Health and Aging Trends Study.” NHATS Early Results Workshop, Ann Arbor, MI. Thu Apr 25, 2013.

“Disability Histories as Predictors of Mental Health among Older Americans.” Aging with Disability: Demographic, Social, and Policy Considerations, Interagency Conference, Washington, D.C. Thu May 17, 2012.