Jason Schnittker (PSC Research Associate) and Duy Do (GGD PhD Candidate) tied for the IPUMS Health Surveys Published Research award for their paper, "Pharmaceutical Side Effects and Mental Health Paradoxes Among Racial-Ethnic Minorities."
Ph.D. Candidate, Demography, University of Pennsylvania
M.S., Health Economics and Demography, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 2016
B.A., Economics and Math, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2013
My research vision is largely directed toward understanding the social and medical determinants of health. Much of my research investigates the role of medication side effects in population health disparities. Particularly, I assess the extent to which the high rates of psychological symptoms among certain demographic subgroups, including non-Hispanic Whites, native-born Americans, and women, are a result of their more frequent use of medications with potential mental health side effects, compared to minorities, immigrants, and men. In addition, my research examines the underlying social, economic, cultural, and institutional factors that influence the use of medications with mental health and cognitive impairment side effects and the disparities in such use across subgroups. Collectively, my investigation of medications with side effects contributes to the understanding of population health patterns and informs interventions that seek to reduce health inequality.