Dr. Schmitz is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research bridges theories and methods in the social sciences, population health, and genetic epidemiology 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 working 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 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.