Katrina Walsemann

Associate Professor

Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina

NLS user since 2002

  • Zajacova, Anna, Katrina M. Walsemann, Jennifer B. Dowd. 2015. “The long arm of adolescent health among men and women: Does attained status explain its association with mid-life health?” Population Research and Policy Review, 34(1): 19-48.
  • Walsemann, Katrina M., Gilbert C. Gee, and Danielle Gentile. 2015. “Sick of our loans: Student borrowing and the mental health of US young adults.” Social Science & Medicine, 124: 85-93.
  • Walsemann, Katrina M., Jennifer A. Ailshire, Bethany A. Bell and Edward A. Frongillo. 2012. “BMI trajectories from adolescence to mid-life: Effects of parental and respondent education by race/ethnicity and gender.” Ethnicity & Health 17(4):337-362.
  • Walsemann, Katrina M., Bethany A. Bell and Robert A. Hummer. 2012. “Effects of timing and level of degree attained on depressive symptoms and self-rated health at mid-life.” American Journal of Public Health 102(3):557-563.
  • Walsemann, Katrina M., Gilbert C. Gee and Arline T. Geronimus. 2009. “Ethnic differences in trajectories of depressive symptoms: Disadvantage in family background, high school experiences, and adult characteristics.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 50(1):82-98.
  • Walsemann, Katrina M., Arline T. Geronimus and Gilbert C. Gee. 2008. “Accumulating disadvantage over the life course: Evidence from a longitudinal study investigating the relationship between educational advantages in youth and health in middle-age.” Research on Aging 30(2):169-199.
What I learned from NLS data

1. The importance of early life factors for subsequent adult health
2. The importance of other educational measures for health, including educational quality and content

Why I chose NLS data

1. The longitudinal design, which allowed me to assess changes in health over time
2. Measures on student loans and debt
3. Extensive measures of education, enrollment patterns, and school characteristics