Amanda Simanek, PhD, MPH
PhD, Epidemiologic Science, University of Michigan-School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
MPH, International Health Epidemiology, University of Michigan-School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
BA, Political Science/Women's Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Dr. Simanek’s research centers around gaining better understanding of social patterning of infectious disease, building evidence regarding the etiologic links between infectious and chronic diseases and identifying novel pathways by which social disparities in health are perpetuated across generations and persist across the lifecourse. She has examined the association between socioeconomic disadvantage and seropositivity for persistent pathogens as well as immune aging in middle- to older-aged adults, and is currently working in collaboration with the Milwaukee Health Department to identify socioeconomic correlates of childhood vaccine rates at the neighborhood-level. Dr. Simanek has also examined the association between herpesviruses as well as other chronic bacterial and parasitic infections and chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, and mood disorders as well as mortality using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and Detroit Neighborhood Health Study. She is currently carrying out a longitudinal study of the association between several persistent pathogens and incident depression over nine years of follow-up among a cohort of older US Latinos using data from the Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging. Other ongoing projects include examination of lifecourse pathways by which socioeconomic disadvantage contributes to depression onset among women in the Sister Study, a large, longitudinal cohort of middle-aged women in the US who have a sister with breast cancer and the buffering effect of civic engagement and social support on the adverse effects of lifecourse socioeconomic disadvantage on later life well-being among older adults in the longitudinal Panel Study of Income Dynamics.