Faculty Associates

Kenneth F. Ferraro

Contact Information
Email: ferraro |at| purdue.edu
Office: HNLY 310-J Map
Phone: (765) 494-6388
Fax: (765) 494-2180
Homepage: Homepage
Director, Center on Aging and the Life Course
Distinguished Professor of Sociology

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Ph.D. University of Akron Sociology 1981

Research Interests

Life course inequality, minority health, obesity and health, religion and health

Teaching Interests

Health and aging, medical sociology, longitudinal data analysis, minority health


National Institute on Aging
National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities
AARP Andrus Foundation


Rinaldo, Lindsay A. and Ferraro, Kenneth F. 2012. "Inequality, Health." Encyclopedia of Globalization. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Ferraro, Kenneth F. 2011. "Health and Aging: Early Origins, Persistent Inequalities?" In Handbook of Sociology of Aging (edited by Richard A. Settersten and Jacquelyn L. Angel). Netherlands: Springer.

Schafer, Markus H., Kenneth F. Ferraro, and Sharon R. Williams. 2011. "Low Socioeconomic Status and Body Mass Index as Risk Factors for Inflammation in Older Adults: Conjoint Influence on C-Reactive Protein?" Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences 66 (in press).

Shippee, Tetyana Pylypiv, Kenneth F. Ferraro, and Roland J. Thorpe, Jr. 2011. "Racial Disparity in Access to Cardiac Intensive Care over 20 Years" Ethnicity and Health 11 (in press)

Schafer, Markus H., Kenneth F. Ferraro, and Sarah A. Mustillo. 2011. "Children of Misfortune: Early Adversity and Cumulative Inequality in Perceived Life Trajectories" American Journal of Sociology 116 (in press).

Schafer, Markus H. and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2011. "The Stigma of Obesity: Does Perceived Weight Discrimination Affect Identity and Physical Health?" Social Psychology Quarterly 73 (in press).

Pressler, Karis A. and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2010. "Assistive Device Use as a Dynamic Acquisition Process in Later Life." The Gerontologist 50:371-381.

Ferraro, Kenneth F. 2010. "Aging." Pp. 228-250 in Sociology: A Christian Approach for Changing the World, Second Edition (edited by Cynthia Benn Tweedell). Marion, IN: Triangle Publishing.

Gretebeck, Randall J., Kenneth F. Ferraro, David R. Black, Kimberlee Holland, and Kimberlee A. Gretebeck. 2012. "Longitudinal Change in Physical Activity and Disability in Adults." American Journal of Health Behavior 36:385-394.

Haley, William E., Kenneth F. Ferraro, and Rhonda J. V. Montgomery. 2012. "Is Gerontology Ready for Accreditation?" Gerontology and Geriatrics Education 33:20-38.

Lee, David J., Lora E. Fleming, William G. LeBlanc, Kristopher L. Arheart, Kenneth F. Ferraro, Marci Pitt-Catsouphes, Carles Muntaner, Cristina A. Fernandez, Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, Evelyn P. Davila, Frank C. Bandiera, John E. Lewis, and Diana Kachan. 2012. "Health Status and Risk Indicator Trends of the Aging U.S. Healthcare Workforce." Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 54:497-503.

Morton, Patricia M., Markus H. Schafer, and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2012. "Does Childhood Misfortune Increase Cancer Risk in Adulthood?" Journal of Aging and Health 24:948-984.

Schafer, Markus H. and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2012. "Childhood Misfortune as a Threat to Successful Aging: Avoiding Disease." The Gerontologist 52:111-120. Editor's Choice, February issue.

Schafer, Markus H. and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2013. "Childhood Misfortune and Adult Health: Enduring and Cascadic Effects on Somatic and Psychological Symptoms." Journal of Aging and Health 25:3-28.

Shippee, Tetyana Pylypiv, Lindsay A. Rinaldo, and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2012. "Mortality Risk Among Black and White Working Women: The Role of Perceived Work Trajectories." Journal of Aging and Health 24:141-167.

Shippee, Tetyana Pylypiv, Lindsay R. Wilkinson, and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2012 "Accumulated Financial Strain and Women's Health over Three Decades." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 67:585594. Editor's Choice, Issue 5.

Shippee, Tetyana Pylypiv, Markus H. Schafer, and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2012. "Beyond the Barriers: Racial Discrimination and Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine among Black Americans." Social Science and Medicine 74:1155-1162. Editor's Choice, April issue.

Wilkinson, Lindsay R., Tetyana P. Shippee, and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2012. "Does Occupational Mobility Influence Health Among Working Women? Comparing Objective and Subjective Measures of Work Trajectories." Journal of Health and Social Behavior 53:432-447.

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