Candyce Kroenke, Sc.D., M.P.H.

RWJF Health & Society Scholar:


Area(s) of Expertise:
Behavioral/Psychosocial Factors and Breast Cancer Incidence/Survival Socioeconomic Disparities, Youth Development, Psychosocial Factors and Biological Aging (Telomeres)



Candyce Kroenke, ScD, MPH, came to the Robert Wood Johnson program from Harvard Medical School where her research focused on the influence of psychosocial and lifestyle factors on chronic disease outcomes in women. In this work, she sought to clarify common biological pathways that underlie relationships with cancer and cardiovascular disease outcomes. Dr. Kroenke received her doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Prior to her work at Harvard, she earned her Master’s degree in Epidemiology and her undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Minnesota; her undergraduate thesis focused on theories of gender socioeconomic disparities. She also worked for two Minnesota-based, not-for-profit organizations on research and formative evaluation of programs and initiatives designed to improve the well-being of youth.

Dr. Kroenke is interested in how socioeconomic disparities and psychosocial factors influence biological aging (telomeres) and health trajectories over the lifecourse. As a Health and Society Scholar, she examined the influence of stress reactivity on telomere length in kindergarten-age children. At the University of California (UCSF), she has further developed research to examine how socioeconomic status, stress, and early childhood family environment influence telomere length in additional cohorts of young to middle-aged men and in older adults, to explore whether and how these factors augment aging at different stages in the life course. Dr. Kroenke is additionally interested in the population health implications of changing women’s roles over the past century in the United States.

Journal Articles:
Click here for a list of Candyce Kroenke's available publications in PubMed.