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Lois M. Verbrugge, M.P.H., M.A., Ph.D.

Title and department:Lois M. Verbrugge
Research Professor Emerita and Senior Distinguished Research Scientist,
Institute of Gerontology;
Research Professor Emerita, School of Public Health
Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center; Faculty Affiliate, Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of Michigan

Mailing address:
2659 Heather Way
Ann Arbor MI 48104

Phone: 734-971-6753


Research Interests
disability of midlife and older persons; aging-with-disability and disability-with-aging; trends in health and disability; impact of functional limitations on activities

Brief Biography
Dr. Verbrugge is Research Professor Emerita and Senior Distinguished Research Scientist Emerita at the University of Michigan. A social demographer, she has contributed to research, teaching, and mentoring in the fields of demography, medical sociology, gerontology, health survey research methods, and social epidemiology. Dr. Verbrugge's current research topics span empirical and theoretical issues in disability for midlife and older adults. Current research topics are trends in activities and disability among middle-aged and older adults; the twin issues of aging-with-disability and disability-with-aging; how functional limitations affect activities of older persons; and physical and social impacts of arthritis and other disabling conditions. Dr. Verbrugge is skilled in design and statistical analysis of health and social surveys. Honors and awards received include a Distinguished Switzer Fellowship from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, and two Research Career Development Awards from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Verbrugge held visiting positions at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2004-2005 and 2006. Currently, she has research collaboration ties with faculty and graduate students at the Institute of Gerontology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia.

Recent Publications
Banaszak-Holl J, Liang J, Quinones A, Cigolle C, Lee IC, Verbrugge LM. "Trajectories of functional change among long stayers in nursing homes: Does baseline impairment matter?" Journal of Aging and Health, 23(5), 862-882. 2011.

Wong, YS, Verbrugge LM. "Living alone: Elderly Chinese Singaporeans." Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology. 24(3): 209-224. 2009.

Verbrugge LM, Juarez L. "Arthritis disability and heart disease disability." Arthritis Care & Research, 59(10), 1445-1457. 2008.

Verbrugge LM, Chan A. "Giving help in return: Family reciprocity by older Singaporeans."  Ageing & Society, 28(1), 5-34. 2008.

Verbrugge LM, Juarez L. "Profile of arthritis disability: II."  Arthritis Care & Research, 55(1), 102-113. 2006.

Verbrugge LM, Mehta KK, Wagenfeld-Heintz E. "Views of disability in the U.S. and Singapore."  Research on Aging, 28(2): 216-239. 2006.

Verbrugge LM. "Flies without wings." Pp. 67-81 in Carey Robine JJM, Michel JP, Christen Y (Eds.). Longevity and Frailty. Heidelberg: Springer Verlag. 2005.