Email:
 lschmitz@umich.edu
Dr. Schmitz is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her work bridges theories and methods in economics, sociology, genetic epidemiology, and statistical genetics to better understand the degree to which genetic diversity and social inequality shape physical, mental, and socioeconomic well-being across the life course. Another strand of her research examines the impact of later-life job conditions (and job loss) on health and health disparities. In 2017, she received a K99/R00 award from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to examine life course determinants of epigenetic age acceleration and subsequent dementia or Alzheimer’s diseaseHer research has been supported by the NIA, the National Science Foundation, the 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.