Dr. Schmitz is an Assistant Professor at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research utilizes genomic and epigenomic data from population-based longitudinal studies to examine how inequalities in the social environment shape disparities in health and socioeconomic attainment. Another strand of her research examines early-life and workplace determinants of health and health disparities in vulnerable populations. In 2017, she received a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to examine social determinants of epigenetic processes related to aging and neurodegenerative disease. Her research has been supported by the NIA, the National Science Foundation, the Center for Retirement Research, the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the March of Dimes.
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 received her M.S. in Human Genetics from the University of Michigan in 2019.