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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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PhD Duke University Sociology 2010

Research Interests

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


2020 - National Institute on Aging
2020 - National Institute on Aging.

Selected Publications

Upenieks, Laura And Patricia A. Thomas. (forthcoming) Matters Of The Heart: Childhood Maltreatment, Religious Transitions, And Cardiovascular Problems Over The Life Course. Journal Of Aging And Health.

Ferraro, Kenneth F., Madison Sauerteig, Lisa L. Barnes, Elliot Friedman, Laura P. Sands, Patricia A. Thomas. (forthcoming) Subjective Memory Decline Predicts Incident Cognitive Impairment Among Whitebut Not Black Or HispanicOlder Adults The Gerontologist.

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, Vol. 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, Vol. 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, Vol. 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, Vol. 44(7-8), 479-493.

Upenieks, Laura And Patricia A. Thomas. 2021. Gaining Faith, Losing Faith: How Education Shapes The Relationship Between Religious Transitions And Later Depression. Journal Of Health And Social Behavior, Vol. 62(4): 582-598.

Thomas, Patricia A. And Seoyoun Kim. 2021. Lost Touch? Implications Of Physical Touch For Physical Health. Journal Of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 76(3): E111e115.

Gauthier, G. Robin, Jeffery Smith, Catherine Garca, Marc A. Garca, And Patricia A. Thomas. 2021. Exacerbating Inequalities: Social Networks, Racial/Ethnic Disparities, And The COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal Of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 76(3): E88-e92

Thomas, Patricia A., Amy Lodge, And Corinne Reczek. 2019. Do Support And Strain With Adult Children Affect Mothers And Fathers Physical Activity? Research On Aging, Vol. 41(2): 164-185.

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