Courtney Boen in the News

  • Courtney Boen (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in The Atlantic about grief and the emotional toll caused by COVID-19 in the U.S. The health disparities heightened by COVID-19 created an unequal burden on communities of color in dealing with ongoing illness and death. Image by Racamani.

  • Courtney Boen (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was featured in Penn Today for new research published in Demographic Researchwhich finds that for young people of color, contact with the system begins early and is incredibly widespread. Boen also co-authored an Op-ed in The Philadelphia Inquirer about school closings and policymakers' decisions in light of recent COVID-19 case spikes.

  • PSC/PARC Researchers Atheendar VenkataramaniCourtney Boen, and John MacDonald are investigators in a new NIH funded project, which includes an unprecedented $10 million over the course of 5 years, to study the impact of environmental and economic interventions on reducing health disparities in Black Philadelphia neighborhoods. At the community level, the study includes tree planting, vacant lot greening, trash cleanup, and rehabilitation of dilapidated, abandoned houses. For households, the study will help connect participants to local, state, and federal social and economic benefits, including food, unemployment, and prescription drug assistance, provide financial counseling and tax preparation services, and offer emergency cash assistance.
    Read more about this project in Penn Medicine News.

  • PSC and PARC Research Associates, Courtney Boen and Atheendar Venkataramani, were recently awarded funding through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Policies for Action: Public Policy Research to Advance Racial Equity and Racial Justice program. The project, entitled “Impact of State Incarceration Policies on Racial Health Equity,” will investigate the links between state incarceration policy and racial health disparities across the life course.

  • Courtney Boen (PSC/PARC Researcher Associate) was featured in Vox about sleep deprivation and insomnia as an increasing symptom of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Courtney Boen (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and co-author, Julia Raifman, wrote an Op-ed for The Hill calling for policy makers and leaders to take action in protective measures and preventive policies to avoid child hospitalizations. Indoor mask policies, emergency use authorization of vaccines for children, and vaccine requirements for school staff are a few recommendations Boen and Raifman highlight. (Getty Images/iStock Photo) 

  • Courtney Boen (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was awarded the American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on Aging and the Life Course Outstanding Publication Award for “Criminal Justice Contacts and Psychophysiological Functioning in Early Adulthood: Health Inequality in the Carceral State,” published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

  • Courtney Boen (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and Morgan Hoke's (PSC Research Associate) recent Social Science & Medicine paper eviction and heath was featured in an LDI Health Policy$ense blog post entitled "The Long-term Health Effects of Eviction on Young Adults Continued Protections Needed Beyond the Pandemic." Boen and Hoke were invited to present and discuss their work at The National Low Income Housing Coalition's June 7th weekly National Call on HoUsed: Universal, Stable, Affordable Housing, watch the YouTube video.

  • Courtney Boen (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and Morgan Hoke (PSC Research Associate) co-authored new research, published in Social Science & Medicine, that links eviction to a greater risk for depression. Read more in Penn Today.

  • New Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC): Hoke, Morgan and Courtney Boen. 2021. "The Health Impacts of Eviction: Evidence from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health." University of Pennsylvania Population Center Working Paper (PSC/PARC), 2021-64.

  • Penn School of Arts & Science's OMNIA recently launched a six-episode podcast series that explores the forces that have shaped events in 2020. The first three episodes of In These Times are now available online. Courtney Boen (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and Regina Baker (PSC Research Associate) were featured in the first episode,
    "Dimensions of the COVID-19 Crisis."

  • Courtney Boen (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in a Washington Post article about a nursing home in a historic Black Atlanta neighborhood and the fight against COVID-19.

  • Courtney Boen (PSC/PARC Research Associates) was interviewed on the This Week In Sociological Perspective podcast about her article in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

  • Courtney Boen (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in a Penn Today article about the impact COVID-19 has had on black and brown communities.

  • Courtney Boen (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was quoted in an article in The Atlantic about non-medical solutions, such as paid sick leave, to combat effects of the pandemic.

  • Courtney Boen (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and co-authors penned an article published in The Hill about the racial, ethnic and class disparities among COVID-19 patients.

  • Congratulations to Courtney Boen (PSC/PARC Research Associate), on getting funding from the Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities in 21st Century America (NLCHDD) for a pilot project titled, “The Roles of State and Local Immigration Policy in Shaping Patterns of Health Inequality”. The project will expand understanding of the links between state and local policy, institutional practice, and population health by examining how state-level restrictive immigration policies and state- and county-level immigration enforcement activities shape patterns of health inequality from birth through late life.

  • Courtney Boen (PSC/PARC Research Associate) was recently named "Member of the Month" by the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science.

  • Courtney Boen was quoted in a Penn Today article about the United States having the worst maternal mortality rate of any developed country and that rate steadily rising, increasing by 26% between 2000 and 2014. Experts across the University are addressing the crisis head-on, creating programs and conducting research to understand and address the role that social determinants, socioeconomics, and racism play.

  • Richard A. Axilrod, WG’85, and Nancy M. Axilrod, parents, have made a $2 million gift to establish the Axilrod Term Fund in Health and Inequality. The fund has enabled Penn Arts and Sciences to recruit three new faculty members, Juan Pablo Atal, Courtney Boen, and Morgan Hoke, who will help establish Penn as a worldwide center for the analysis of inequality and health, with a specific focus on the distribution of health outcomes and how this distribution is shaped by social policies. Read more about the fund in the Penn SAS announcement.

  • Congratulations to PSC research associate Courtney Boen for being awarded the best dissertation award from the ASA Section on Mental Health for her dissertation “Inequality ‘Under the Skin’: Stress & the Biodemography of Racial Health Disparities Across the Life Course.”

  • Courtney Boen received a pilot award from Penn Institute on Aging for her project on Psychosocial Stress Exposure, Biological Functioning, and Cognitive Change across the Life Course. Check out the list of awardees here.

  • Courtney Boen has received the graduate student paper award from ASA's Section of Aging and the Life Course at the annual meeting in Montreal. Her paper is entitled, "The role of socioeconomic factors in Black-White health inequities across the life course: Point-in-time measures, long-term exposures, and differential health returns," and can be read here.

  • Penn News features the Quartet Pilot Program winners and the program is discussed by Irma Elo and Kevin Volpp: Six Research Projects at Penn Bolstered Through Quartet Pilot Competition Funding.


    Six faculty members from different schools at the University of Pennsylvania are taking their research one step further, with support from the annual Quartet Pilot Research Project Competition. Hanming Fang, whose project, “Long-term Care Financing Using Home-equity Release,” evaluates how aging people in China can receive long-term care in their homes and use housing wealth to fund its costs.
    Courtney Elizabeth Boen, who joins the Department of Sociology in July, will be working on the project, “Biological Risk, Physical Functioning and Psychosocial Stress Among Older-age Hispanics,” which uses nationally representative, longitudinal data to examine the physical well-being of senior Hispanics relative to other populations and to further assess the stress-related pathways underlying health disparities. Read more on Penn Today.