Publications

How US States’ Socioeconomic & Policy Contexts Shape Adult Morbidity/Mortality

Jennifer Karas Montez. 2017. “Deregulation, Devolution, and State Preemption Laws’ Impact on U.S. Mortality Trends.” American Journal of Public Health 107(11):1749-1750.

Jennifer Karas Montez, Anna Zajacova, and Mark D. Hayward. “Contextualizing the Social Determinants of Health: Disparities in Disability by Educational Attainment across U.S. States.” American Journal of Public Health 107(7):1101-1108.

Jennifer Karas Montez, Mark D. Hayward, and Douglas. A Wolf. 2017. “Do U.S. States’ Socioeconomic and Policy Contexts Shape Adult Disability?” Social Science & Medicine 178:115-126.

Jennifer Karas Montez, Anna Zajacova, and Mark D. Hayward. 2016. “Explaining Inequalities in Women’s Mortality between U.S. States.”  SSM – Population Health 2:561-571.

Educational Attainment and Adult Morbidity/Mortality

Anna Zajacova and Jennifer Karas Montez. 2017. “Macro-level Perspective for Reversing Recent Mortality Increases.” The Lancet. 389(10073):991-992.

Jennifer Karas Montez, Anna Zajacova, and Mark D. Hayward. “Contextualizing the Social Determinants of Health: Disparities in Disability by Educational Attainment across US States.” Forthcoming at American Journal of Public Health.

Anna Zajacova and Jennifer Karas Montez. 2017. “Physical Functioning Trends among US Women and Men Age 45-64 by Education Level.” Biodemography and Social Biology 63(1):21-30.

Anna Zajacova and Jennifer Karas Montez. “The GED Health Penalty: Testing the Role of Noncognitive Skills, Health Behaviors, and Economic Factors.” Social Science Quarterly 98(1):1-15.

Jennifer Karas Montez, Isaac Sasson, and Mark D. Hayward. 2016. “Declining US Life Expectancy, 1990-2010.” Health Affairs 35(3):550.

Jennifer Karas Montez and Kaitlyn Barnes. 2016. “The Benefits of Educational Attainment for U.S. Adult Mortality: Are they Contingent on the Broader Environment?” Population Research and Policy Review 35(1):73-100.

Jennifer Karas Montez and Esther M. Friedman. 2015. “Educational Attainment and Adult Health: Under What Conditions is the Association Causal?” Social Science & Medicine 127:1-7.

Jennifer Karas Montez and Esther Friedman (Guest Co-Editors), February 2015, vol 127, Special Issue of Social Science & Medicine entitled, “Educational Attainment and Adult Health: Contextualizing Causality.”                                                                                                          *Access the special issue: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/02779536/127

Jennifer Karas Montez and Anna Zajacova. 2014. “Why is Life Expectancy Declining among Low-Educated Women in the United States?” American Journal of Public Health 104(1):e5-e7

Invited rejoinder, “Montez and Zajacova Respond.” 2015. American Journal of Public                  Health 105(1)e1-e2.

Anna Zajacova, Jennifer Karas Montez, and Pamela Herd. 2014. “Socioeconomic Disparities in Health among Older Adults and the Implications for the Retirement Age Debate: A Brief Report.” Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences 69(6):973-978.

Jennifer Karas Montez and Mark D. Hayward. 2014. “Cumulative Childhood Adversity, Educational Attainment, and Active Life Expectancy among U.S. Adults.” Demography 51(2):413-435. PMCID: PMC4465758.

Jennifer Karas Montez and Lisa F. Berkman. 2014. “Trends in the Educational Gradient in Mortality among U.S. Adults from 1986 to 2006: Bringing Regional Context into the Explanation.”  American Journal of Public Health 104(1):e82-e90.

Jennifer Karas Montez and Anna Zajacova. 2013. “Explaining the Widening Education Gap in Mortality among U.S. White Women.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 54(2):165-181. *Won the 2012 Senior Service America Junior Scholar Award of the Gerontological Society of America and the 2013 IPUMS Research Award.                                                                                            *Covered in the New York Times (5-30-13) “Joblessness shortens life span of least educated white women, research says.”

Jennifer Karas Montez and Anna Zajacova. 2013. “Trends in Mortality Risk by Education Level and Cause of Death among White Women in the United States from 1986 to 2006.” American Journal of Public Health 103(3):473-479.

Dustin C. Brown, Mark D. Hayward, Jennifer Karas Montez, Robert A. Hummer, Chi-Tsun Chiu, and Mira M. Hidajat. 2012 “The Significance of Education for Mortality Compression in the United States.” Demography 49(3):819-840. PMCID: PMC3500099.

Jennifer Karas Montez, Robert A. Hummer, and Mark D. Hayward. 2012. “Educational Attainment and Adult Mortality in the United States: A Systematic Analysis of Functional Form.” Demography 49(1):315-336. PMCID: PMC3290920.

Jennifer Karas Montez, Robert A. Hummer, Mark D. Hayward, Hyeyoung Woo, and Richard G. Rogers. 2011. “Trends in the Educational Gradient of U.S. Adult Mortality from 1986 through 2006 by Race, Gender, and Age Group.” Research on Aging 33(2):145-171. PMCID: PMC3166515.

Jennifer Karas Montez, Mark D. Hayward, Dustin C. Brown, and Robert A Hummer. 2009. Why is the Educational Gradient in Mortality Steeper for Men?” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 64(5):625-634. PMCID: PMC2728089.

Women’s Morbidity/Mortality

Anna Zajacova and Jennifer Karas Montez. 2017. “Macro-level Perspective for Reversing Recent Mortality Increases.” The Lancet. 389(10073):991-992.

Jennifer Karas Montez, Joyce Bromberger, Karen Matthews, Sioban Harlow, and Howard Kravitz. “Life Course Socioeconomic Status and Metabolic Syndrome among Midlife Women.”  Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 71(6):1097-1107.

Jennifer Karas Montez, Anna Zajacova, and Mark D. Hayward. 2016. “Explaining Inequalities in Women’s Mortality between U.S. States.”  SSM-Population Health 2:561-571.          *covered in the New York Times “New clues in the mystery of women’s lagging life expectancy”

Jennifer Karas Montez, Pekka Martikainen, Hanna Remes, and Mauricio Avendano. 2015. “Work-Family Context and the Longevity Disadvantage of U.S. Women.” Social Forces 93(4):1567-1597.

Jennifer Karas Montez, Erika Sabbath, M. Maria Glymour, and Lisa F. Berkman. 2014. “Trends in Work-Family Context among U.S. Women by Education Level, 1976 to 2011.” Population Research and Policy Review 33(5):629-648.

Jennifer Karas Montez and Anna Zajacova. 2013. “Explaining the Widening Education Gap in Mortality among U.S. White Women.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 54(2):165-181.  *Won the 2012 Senior Service America Junior Scholar Award of the Gerontological Society of America and the 2013 IPUMS Research Award.                                           *Covered in the New York Times (5-30-13) “Joblessness shortens life span of least educated white women, research says.”

Early-Life Origins of Later-Life Morbidity/Mortality

Jennifer Karas Montez, Joyce Bromberger, Karen Matthews, Sioban Harlow, and Howard Kravitz. 2016. “Life Course Socioeconomic Status and Metabolic Syndrome among Midlife Women.”  Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 71(6):1097-1107.

Richard G. Rogers, Elizabeth M. Lawrence, and Jennifer Karas Montez. 2016. “Alcohol’s Collateral Damage: Childhood Exposure to Problem Drinking and Subsequent Adult Mortality Risk.”  Social Forces 95(2):809-836.

Karen A. Matthews, Yuefang Chang, Joyce T. Bromberger, Carrie Karvonen-Gutierrez, Howard M. Kravitz, Rebecca C. Thurston, and Jennifer Karas Montez. 2016. “Childhood Socioeconomic Circumstances, Inflammation, and Hemostasis among Midlife Women: Study of Women’s Health across the Nation.” Psychosomatic Medicine 78(3):311-318.

Esther Friedman,* Jennifer Karas Montez,* Connor McDevitt Sheehan,* Tara L. Gruenewald, and Teresa E. Seeman. 2015. “Childhood Adversities and Adult Cardiometabolic Health: Do Quantity, Timing, and Type of Adversity Matter?” Journal of Aging and Health 27(8):1311-1338.                                                                                                  *authors contributed equally and listed alphabetically

Jennifer Karas Montez and Mark D. Hayward. 2014. “Cumulative Childhood Adversity, Educational Attainment, and Active Life Expectancy among U.S. Adults.” Demography 51(2):413-435. PMCID: PMC4465758.

Jennifer Karas Montez. 2013. “The Socioeconomic Origins of Physical Functioning among Older U.S. Adults.” Advances in Life Course Research 18(4):244-256.                                        *Won the 2013 Senior Service America Junior Scholar Award of the Gerontological Society of America.

Jennifer Karas Montez and Mark D. Hayward. 2011. “Early Life Conditions and Later Life Mortality.” Chapter 9 in the International Handbook of Adult Mortality, Eds. RG Rogers and EM Crimmins. Springer Publishers.

Health Insurance Coverage

Jacqueline L. Angel, Jennifer Karas Montez, and Ronald J. Angel. 2011. “A Window of Vulnerability: Health Insurance Coverage among Women 55 to 64 Years of Age.” Women’s Health Issues 21(1):6-11.                                                                                                                            *Won the Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize for the best paper published in Women’s Health Issues in 2011 and the 2010 Senior Service America Scholar Award of the Gerontological Society of America.

Jennifer Karas Montez, Jacqueline L. Angel, and Ronald J. Angel. 2009. “Employment, Marriage, and the Inequality in Health Insurance among Mexican-Origin Women.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 50(2):132-148.

Ronald J. Angel, Jacqueline L. Angel, and Jennifer Karas Montez. 2009. “The Work/Health Insurance Nexus: The Weak Link for Mexican-Origin Men.” Social Science Quarterly 90(5):1112-1133.

Additional Publications on Health-Related Topics

Debra J. Umberson and Jennifer Karas Montez. 2010. “Social Relationships and Health: A Flashpoint for Health Policy.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 51(suppl):54-66.

Jennifer Karas Montez and Karl Eschbach. 2008. “Country of Birth and Language are Uniquely Associated with Intakes of Fat, Fiber, and Fruits and Vegetables Among Mexican-American Women in the United States.” Journal of the American Dietetic Association 108(3):473-480.

Jennifer Karas Montez and Tracy X. Karner. 2005. “Understanding The Diabetic Body-Self.” Qualitative Health Research 15(8):1086-1104.

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