Tracey A. LaPierre, PhD

Associate Professor
Primary office:
785-864-9424


Professor LaPierre (PhD Duke) specializes in family studies, life course/aging and medical sociology.  Her research projects include investigating the role of non-kin in providing informal care to older adults, examining the relationship between marital status and depression, and exploring various aspects of custodial grandparent families.  Recent publications include “Marital Status and Depressive Symptoms over Time: Age and Gender Variations” (Family Relations, 2009), “Estimating the Impact of State Health Insurance Mandates on Premium Costs in the Individual Market” (Journal of Insurance Regulation, 2009) and “All in the Family: The Impact of Caring for Grandchildren on Grandparents’ Health” (Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 2007).  She also co-wrote a chapter for the International Handbook of Population Aging on the “Demography of Aging in Canada and the United States.”  Professor LaPierre teaches undergraduate class on quantitative methods and death and dying, and graduate seminars on gender, family and the life course, and health and social behavior.

Professor LaPierre is also an affiliate of the Gerontology Center and a Courtesy Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Areas: Family, Life Course/Aging, Medical Sociology, Demography, Social Policy, Quantitative Methods. 

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