Heather Farmer is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University, funded by T32 AG000029-41 through the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. As a postdoctoral fellow, she works under the mentorship of Dr. Matthew Dupre in the Department of Population Health Sciences. She completed her Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health, with specialization in Demography, from Penn State University. Her research examines the intersections of race, gender, and socioeconomic status (SES) in producing health disparities in older adults. She is also interested in the socioeconomic and psychosocial mechanisms responsible for such disparities, particularly the role that stress has in contributing to disparities across the life-span.
Current Research Interests
Her current work integrates theory, innovative biomarker data, and longitudinal analyses of racial disparities in chronic disease physiology and outcomes. This work includes research on race and elevated CRP among U.S. older adults (forthcoming at the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
), research on self-efficacy in older adults (in press in the Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging
). She and Dr. Dupre have also recently received a REACH Equity Award to examine racial disparities in 30-day readmission rates in older adults with cardiovascular disease.
Current Appointments & Affiliations
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