What Are The Health Consequences Of Racial And Socioeconomic Inequality?
The impact of inequality - both by race and socio-economic status - on health is dramatic. My research investigates how the interrelationship between race, socioeconomic status, and health unfold across age and birth cohorts. As a life course sociologist, a social epidemiologist, and a demographer, I focus on both physical and mental health by looking at socioeconomic differences in health trajectories across adulthood, the pattern of the black-white gap in health and mortality across late adulthood, and the relationship between stress, social support, physical health and mental health in later life. As a methodologist, I am engaged in developing techniques that develop and then apply Bayesian Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods to answer research questions in social epidemiology and demography that typically cannot be easily answered using classical statistical methods. To that end, I am currently refining and extending a method for generating interval estimates of multistate life table quantities from hazard models with covariates.
Lynch, Scott M. and J. Scott Brown (2005). "A New Approach to Estimating Life Tables with Covariates and Constructing Interval Estimates of Life Table Quantities. Sociological Methodology 35:177-225.
Taylor, Miles G. and Scott M. Lynch. (2004). "Trajectories of Impairment, Social Support, and Depressive Symptoms in Later Life." The Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences 59B(4):S238-S246.
Lynch, Scott M. (2003). "Cohort and Life Course Patterns in the Relationship Between Education and Health: A Hierarchical Approach." Demography 40(2):309-331.
George, Linda K. and Scott M. Lynch. (2003). "Race Differences in Depressive Symptoms: A Dynamic Perspective on Stress Exposure and Vulnerability." Journal of Health and Social Behavior 44(3):353-369.
Lynch, Scott M. and J. Scott Brown. (2001). "Reconsidering Mortality Compression and Deceleration: An Alternative Model of Mortality Rates." Demography 38(1):79-95.