Lauren Schmitz

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Institute for Social Research
426 Thompson
Ann Arbor, MI


Dr. Schmitz’s research bridges theory and methods in economics, sociology, genetic epidemiology, and statistical genetics to explore ways in which biological predispositions interact with economic and social environments to promote or impede health and social mobility across the lifespan. Her current research focuses on how economic disadvantage and related social stressors interact with genetic risk to affect health disparities at older ages. This includes research on the heterogeneous impact of Vietnam-era military service, job loss, and shocks to income on smoking behavior, body mass index, cognition, and educational attainment by genetic endowment. Dr. Schmitz earned her B.A. in economics from the University of Colorado and her M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research. She is a¬†Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Population Studies Center and Health and Retirement Study at the Institute for Social Research.