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Department of Sociology Roth, Adam



M.A. Sociology, Washington State University, 2016
B.A., Sociology, California State University, Chico, 2012


Social Determinants of Health, Life Course/Aging, Social Networks, Place and Space

Research Interests

My research uses social network analysis and other quantitative methods to study health and aging. I am primarily interested in the interplay between personal networks and health in later life. Contrary to popular belief, individuals do not uniformly slip into social isolation as they enter older adulthood. Rather, they tend to adjust their social lives in response to major life course transitions (e.g., retirement, widowhood). In a series of current studies, I investigate how older adults experience changes in their personal network composition as they undergo the transition into informal caregiving and how these changes relate to their health and well-being.

In my second line of research, I explore the social determinants of health and mortality for the broader population. In this research, I focus on social and physical characteristics of the places in which individuals live and how these places interact with individual characteristics to influence health-related outcomes.


Roth, Adam R.. Forthcoming. “Informal Caregiving and Network Turnover Among Older Adults.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Caudell, Mark, Marsha Quinlan, Murugan Subbiah, Douglas Call, Casey Roulette, Jennifer Roulette, Adam Roth, Louis Matthews, and Robert Quinlan. 2017. “Antimicrobial Use and Veterinary Care among Agro-pastoralists in Northern Tanzania.” PLOS ONE 12(1): e0170328.




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