Degrees & Programs

Lee, Kathy

PhD Candidate

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests
Productive aging
Physical and mental health of vulnerable older adults
Quality of life of older adults
Family caregiving
Aging policies and programs


Kathy Lee is a doctoral candidate whose research agenda focuses on understanding the physical and mental health of vulnerable older adults through productive engagement. She is examining how this diverse population engages in meaningful social roles to create community-based change. Lee’s dissertation utilizes longitudinal survey data from the Health and Retirement Study to examine the impact of volunteer experiences on older adults’ psychological and cognitive health. She is the recipient of the 2017 Ohio State College of Social Work Merriss Cornell Research Scholarship Award which recognizes an outstanding dissertation proposal. Lee has collaborated with scholars from different disciplines across campus and across universities. These collaborations have resulted in five publications, two of which she is the lead author. She has experience teaching independently both online and in classroom settings. Her teaching interests include social welfare and policy, research methods and aging classes. As a member of the 6th cohort of the Pre-Dissertation Initiative from the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work, she has gained advanced training and support for her research agenda, and her scholarship was also recognized with the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship for 2015-17. Lee is expected to graduate in May 2018