RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Area(s) of Expertise:
Health Disparities, Social Stratification, Aging and the Life Course, Adolescent Health, Disability
Steven Haas’ research addresses questions that lie at the intersection of social stratification, and the demography of health and aging. In particular his research investigates health as both a cause and a consequence of the social stratification process with particular interests in the processes that produce health disparities over the life course. Prior research projects have explored the relative contribution of early life versus adult factors in determining of trajectories of aging and disability, and the mechanisms linking adolescent health to educational outcomes and labor market success. A current project funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development uses dynamic social network models and simulations to examine peer selection and social influence processes related to adolescent mental health and health behaviors.