Dr. Schmitz is a National Institute on Aging (NIA) Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Population Studies Center and the Health and Retirement Study at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. A health economist, her research interests bridge theory and methods in economics, sociology, genetic epidemiology, and statistical genetics. Her current research focuses on how genetic and environmental factors influence health inequality and social mobility across the life course. Her dissertation research studied the effect of working conditions on health and well-being in the years leading up to retirement, as well as the heterogeneous impact of Vietnam-era military service on smoking behavior and educational attainment by genotype. Her research has been supported by the NIA, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Social Security Administration, and the Russell Sage Foundation.
Dr. Schmitz earned her B.A. in economics from the University of Colorado Denver and her M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research.