Faculty Profile

Philippa J. Clarke, PhD, M.Sc.

Philippa J. Clarke, PhD, M.Sc.

  • Professor
  • Institute for Social Research
  • 426 Thompson Street, Room 3340
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

Dr. Clarke received her PhD in Public Health from the University of Toronto in 2000. Following a post-doc at Duke University, she joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 2005.

  • PhD, , University of Toronto, 2000
  • M.Sc., , University of Toronto, 1996
  • B.A., , McGill University, 1987

  • My current work examines the role of the built environment on mobility disability, cognitive function, and social participation; the effect of the urban environment on disability trajectories over time (with national data from the Americans' Changing Lives Study); the health and social factors influencing the use of assistive devices in later life; and cross-national disparities in disability and psychosocial resources (comparing data from the US Health and Retirement Study and the English Longitudinal Study on Ageing). I recently completed a career development (K01) award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to use geographic information systems (GIS) to examine the relationship between the built environment and disability progression in vulnerable older adults in the Detroit area.

  • Clarke, P., Ailshire, J., House, J.S., Morenoff, J.M., King, K., Melendez, R., Langa, K. (2012). Cognitive function in the community setting: The neighborhood as a source of "cognitive reserve"? Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 730-736.
  • Clarke, P., Blount, V., Colantonio, A.C. (2011). Cognitive impairment predicts fatal incident stroke: Findings from a national sample of older adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 1490-1496.
  • Clarke, P., Ailshire, J., Melendez, R., Bader, M., Morenoff, J. (2010). Using Google Earth to conduct a neighborhood audit: Reliability of a virtual audit instrument. Health and Place 1224-1229.
  • Clarke, P., Ailshire, J.A., Bader, M., Morenoff, J.D., House, J.S. (2008). Mobility disability and the urban built environment. American Journal of Epidemiology 506-513.
  • Clarke, P. (2008). When can group level clustering be ignored? Multilevel models versus single-level models with sparse data. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 752-758.

  • American Association on Health and Disability
  • American College of Epidemiology
  • American Public Health Association
  • Canadian Association on Gerontology
  • Gerontological Society of America
  • Society for Epidemiologic Research