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Patricia A. Thomas

Contact Information
Email: pthomas4@purdue.edu
Office: STON 354 Map
Phone: 765-496-3360
Homepage: Homepage
Associate Professor of Sociology

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Pillars of Interdisciplinary Research Excellence

Social Contexts and Policy for Optimal Aging; Enhancing Biological and Physical Function in Later Life; Preserving Cognitive Function


PhD Duke University Sociology 2010

Research Interests

Aging, life course, social relationships, social position, and health


2020 - National Institute on Aging (2)

Selected Publications

Friedman, Elliot, Melissa Franks, Elizabeth Teas, and Patricia A. Thomas. 2024. "Social connectedness, functional capacity, and longevity: A focus on positive relations with others." Social Science and Medicine 340: 116419.

Cha, Hyungmin and Patricia A. Thomas. 2023. "A Time of Healing: Can Social Engagement after Bereavement Reduce Trajectories of Depression after the Death of a Child?" Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 78(10): 1717-1726.

Ferraro, Kenneth F., Shawn Bauldry, Madison R. Sauerteig-Rolston, Patricia A. Thomas. 2023. "Dual Functionality in Later Life." The Gerontologist 63: 1110-1116.

Bauldry, Shawn, Patricia A. Thomas, Madison R. Sauerteig-Rolston, Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2023. "Racial-Ethnic Disparities in Dual-Function Life Expectancy." Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences 78(7): 1369-1275.

Upenieks, Laura and Patricia A. Thomas. 2023. "Matters of the Heart: Childhood Maltreatment, Religious Transitions, and Cardiovascular Problems over the Life Course." Journal of Aging and Health 35(5-6): 405-418.

Ferraro, Kenneth F., Madison Sauerteig-Rolston, Lisa L. Barnes, Elliot Friedman, Laura P. Sands, Patricia A. Thomas. 2023. "Subjective Memory Decline Predicts Incident Cognitive Impairment among Whiteu2014but Not Black or Hispanicu2014Older Adults." The Gerontologist 63(4): 690-699.

Thomas, Patricia A., Elizabeth A. Richards, and Anna K. Forster. 2022. "Is Marital Quality Related to Physical Activity Across the Life Course?" Journal of Aging and Health 34(6-8): 973-983.

Cha, Hyungmin, Patricia A. Thomas, and Debra Umberson. 2022. "Sibling Deaths, Racial/Ethnic Disadvantage, and Dementia in Later Life." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 77(8): 1539-1549.

Thomas, Patricia A., Monica Williams-Farrelly, Madison Sauerteig, and Kenneth Ferraro. 2022. "Childhood Stressors, Relationship Quality, and Cognitive Health in Later Life." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 77(7): 1361-1371.

Kemp, Blakelee R., Kenneth F. Ferraro, Patricia M. Morton, Patricia A. Thomas, Sarah A. Mustillo, and Eileen Crimmins. 2022. "Do Early-Life Social, Behavioral, and Health Exposures Increase Later-Life Arthritis Incidence?" Research on Aging 44(7-8): 479-493.

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