Dr. Schmitz is a K99 National Institute on Aging (NIA) Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Survey Research Center and the Health and Retirement Study at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her work integrates theory and methods from economics, sociology, geneticĀ  epidemiology, and statistical genetics. Her current research focuses on the independent and joint contribution of genetic, epigenetic, and social factors to health and health disparities, educational attainment, and earnings 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. She is currently pursuing her M.S. in Human Genetics at the University of Michigan.

Email: lschmitz@umich.edu