Sociologists Montez and Monnat earn NIH grants
School sociology faculty members lead research teams that were recently awarded R24 grants
from the National Institute on Aging, a division of the National Institutes of
Health. Jennifer Karas Montez, professor of sociology, is a co-principal
investigator, and Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology and Lerner
Chair for Public Health Promotion, is a co-investigator on the first of these highly competitive five-year
Monnat is also a co-principal investigator on the second grant. NIA’s overall, five-year funding for the two projects is anticipated to be approximately $1.9M and $1.7M, respectively, to be shared across the multiple institutions involved in the projects.
first grant is a renewal of funding for Network on Life Course Health Dynamics
and Disparities in 21st Century America. The purpose of this network is to stimulate
research, disseminate data and analytic resources, and create a better
understanding of trends and disparities in U.S. adult health — specifically,
longevity across the life course and across different geographic contexts. Other
collaborators include Robert Hummer and Barbara Entwisle (UNC Chapel Hill),
Sarah Burgard (University of Michigan), and Jennifer Ailshire and Julie
Zissimopoulos (University of Southern California).
second grant creates a new Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging. This network will
seek a better understanding of rural health and aging trends and the factors
affecting and being affected by these trends. It will bring together a
multidisciplinary group of scientists to study and identify gaps, stimulate new
research, and develop and disseminate training materials and analytic resources
on rural population health and aging. Monnat’s collaborators include principal investigator
Leif Jensen (Pennsylvania State University), along with Martin Sliwinski (Pennsylvania
State University), Lori Hunter (Colorado University, Boulder), and John Green (University
of Mississippi). Monnat discussed the project in the USAgNet article "Aging in Rural American Focus of New Research Network."
Montez is the Gerald B. Cramer Faculty Scholar in Aging Studies at Syracuse
She specializes in social demography, social and political determinants of
health, and spatial patterns in mortality.
Monnat is the Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion. She
specializes in social demography, social determinants of health and health
disparities, spatial differences in morbidity and mortality, inequality, and
Montez and Monnat also co-direct the Policy, Place,
and Population Health Lab in the Aging Studies Institute.
The National Institute on Aging, one of the 27 institutes
and centers of the National Institutes of Health, leads a broad scientific
effort to understand the nature of aging, and to extend the healthy, active
years of life. The
R24 mechanism funds infrastructural support to stimulate research on high
priority areas related to aging and health.