Laura Samuel, PhD, CRNP
Laura Samuel is committed to addressing socioeconomic disparities. Much of her research has sought to evaluate how low socioeconomic status leads to high chronic disease burden and accelerated aging. As examples, she has identified features of neighborhood and household environments that may contribute to socioeconomic disparities and has sought to investigate changes in the aging process over time. Dr. Samuel is also evaluating programs and policies that may improve the health of the most socioeconomically vulnerable individuals in communities. Her research interests stem from her clinical experience. She is a family nurse practitioner and has provided primary care in communities. As a nurse practitioner, she regularly witnessed the myriad ways a lack of financial resources can be detrimental to health.
Areas of Scholarly Expertise and InterestSocioeconomic disparities, neighborhoods, aging, and chronic disease
“Socioeconomic Status, Race/Ethnicity and Diurnal Cortisol Trajectories in Middle-Aged And Older Adults.” Samuel, L. J., Roth, D. L., Schwartz, B. S., Thorpe, R. J., Glass, T. A. (In Press). The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.
“Community Characteristics Are Associated With Blood Pressure Levels in a Racially Integrated Community.” Samuel, L. J., Thorpe, R. J., Bower, K. M., & LaVeist, T. A. 2015. Journal of Urban Health.
“Household and Neighborhood Conditions Partially Account for Associations Between Education and Physical Capacity in the National Health and Aging Trends Study.” Samuel, L. J., Glass, T. A., Thorpe, R. J., Szanton, S. L., & Roth, D. L. 2015. Social Science & Medicine.
“Social Engagement and Cardiovascular Risk Behaviors: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis.” Samuel, L. J., Dennison Himmelfarb, C. D., Szklo, M., Seeman, T. E., Echeverria, S. E., & Diez Roux A. V. 2015. Prev Med, 71, 61-6.
- Socioeconomic disparities
- Chronic disease and aging
- Social determinants of health
- Financial strain
Awards and Honors
Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year Award for 2015, Health Education & Behavior
2009 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nurses