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Emily Nicklett

Associate Professor of Social Work

Emily  Nicklett
Emily Nicklett joined the UM SSW faculty after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center on Aging and Health at Johns Hopkins University. Her active research agenda concerns social and contextual determinants of health in later life. She specializes in strategies for successful chronic disease management among diverse older populations. Her research has been published in prominent interdisciplinary journals, such as Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, American Journal of Epidemiology, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and Qualitative Social Work. Dr. Nicklett's current research -- focusing on contextual predictors of diabetes management among native elders -- is funded through the National Institute on Aging's Resource Center for Minority Aging Research Health and Aging Policy (RCMAR) Native Elder Research Center (NERC). Since joining the faculty, Dr. Nicklett has also participated as a Health & Aging Policy Fellow and a Faculty Trainee at the UM Geriatric Center.

Research Interests/Focus

Aging in place, health disparities in chronic disease, food access, environmental predictors of health, social support, social mobility, community participation, and community effects on health and food access, type 2 diabetes, chronic illness

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Year Degree   School
2010 PhD Sociology and Health Services Organization and Policy University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2009 MA Sociology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2005 MSSW Social Work Columbia University
2002 BA International Studies and Economic Development University of Washington, Seattle
2000 AA International Studies Clark Community College

Assari, S., Lee, D., Nicklett, E. J., Lankarani, M. M., Piette, J., & Aikens, J. (in press). Gender, racial discrimination in health care, and glycemic control among Black patients with diabetes. Frontiers in Public Health.

Nicklett, E., Chen, J., Xiang, X., Leah, A., Sonnega, A., Kimson, J., Cheng, J., & Assari, S. (in press). Associations between diagnosis with type 2 diabetes and changes in physical activity behaviors of middle-aged and older adults in the United States. Innovations in Aging.

Chen, J., Nicklett, E. J., He, Y., & Lou, V. (2019). Physical activity intensity and biopsychosocial correlates in Chinese middle-aged and older adults with chronic kidney disease. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity.

Lohman, M. C., Sonnega, A. J., Nicklett, E. J., Estenson, L., & Leggett, A. N. (2019). Comparing estimates of fall-related mortality among older adults in the United States. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, 74(9), 1468-1474.

Spencer, M. S. Kieffer, E., Sinco, B. R., Piatt, G., Palsimano, G., Hawkins, J., Tang, T., Lebron, A., Espitia, N., Nicklett, E. J., & Heisler, M. (2018). Outcomes at 18 months from a community health worker and peer leader diabetes self-management program for Latino adults. Diabetes Care.

Chatters, L. M., Taylor, H. O., Nicklett, E. J., & Taylor, R. J. (2018). Correlates of objective social isolation from family and friends among older adults. Healthcare, 6(1), 24.

Nicklett, E. J., Omidpanah, A., Whitener, R., Howard, B. V., & Manson, S. M. (2017). Access to care and diabetes management among older American Indians with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Aging and Health, 29(2), 206-221. Sage Journals.

Mouzon, D. M., Taylor, R. J., Keith, V. M., Nicklett, E. J., & Chatters, L. M. (2017). Discrimination and psychiatric disorders among older African Americans. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 32, 175-182.

Nicklett, E. J., Taylor, R. J., Rostant, O., Johnson, K. E., & Evans, L. (2017). Biopsychosocial predictors of fall events among older African Americans. Research on Aging, 39(4), 501-525.

Nicklett, E. J., Lohman, M., & Smith, M. L. (2017). Neighborhood predictors of falls among community-dwelling older adults. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(2), 175.

Towne, S. D. Jr, Bolin, J., Ferdinand, A., Nicklett, E. J., Smith, M. L., & Ory, M. G. (2017). Assessing diabetes and factors associated with foregoing medical care among persons with diabetes: Disparities facing American Indian/Alaska Native, Black, Hispanic, low income, and southern adults in the US (2011-2015). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 41(4), 235-248.

Lehning, A. J., Nicklett, E. J., Davitt, J., & Wiseman, H. (2017). Social work and aging in place: A scoping review of the literature. Social Work Research, 41(4), 235-238.

Hawkins, J., Watkins, D. C., Kieffer, E., Spencer, M., Nicklett, E. J., Piatt, G., Espitia, N. R., Lebron, A., & Palmisano, G. (2017). An exploratory study of the impact of gender on health behavior among African American and Latino men with type 2 diabetes. American Journal of Men’s Health, 11(2), 344-356.

Tropman, J., & Nicklett, E. J. (2017). Talcott Parsons: A voice from the past, an opportunity missed, and a road not taken. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 22(1), 79-95.

Assari, S., Lee, D., Nicklett, E. J., Lankarani, M. M., Piette, J., & Aikens, J. (2017). Gender, racial discrimination in health care is associated with worse glycemic control among Black men but not Black women with type 2 diabetes. Frontiers in Public Health, 12(5), 235.

Lohman, M. C., Crow, R. S., DiMilia, P. R., Nicklett, E. J., Bruce, M. L., & Batsis, J. A. (2017). Operationalisation and validation of the Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries (STEADI) fall risk algorithm in a nationally representative sample. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 71(12), 1191-1197.

Nicklett, E. J., Anderson, L., & Yen, I. (2016). Gardening activities and physical health among older adults: A review of the evidence. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 35(6), 667-690.

Rosland, A. M., Kieffer, E., Spencer, M. S., Sinco, B., Palmisano, G., Valerio, M., Nicklett, E., & Heisler, M. (2015). Do pre-existing diabetes social support or depressive symptoms influence the effectiveness of a diabetes management intervention? Patient Education and Counseling, 98(11), 1402-9.

Chatters, L., Taylor, R. J., Woodward, A., & Nicklett, E. J. (2015). Social support from church and family members and depressive symptoms among older African Americans. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 23, 559-567.

Nicklett, E. J. & Damiano, S. K. (2014). Too little, too late: Socioeconomic disparities in the experience of living with diabetes. Qualitative Social Work, 13(3), 372-388.

Nicklett, E. J. (2014). [Review of Healthy aging in sociocultural context.]. International Journal of Social Welfare, 23(2), 227-228.

Nicklett, E. J., & Taylor, R. J. (2014). Racial/ethnic predictors of falls among older adults: the Health and Retirement Study. Journal of Aging and Health, 26, 1060-1075.

Nicklett, E. J., & Kadell, A. (2013). Fruit and vegetable intake among older adults: a scoping review. Maturitas, 75(4), 305-312.

Taylor, R. J., Hernandez, E., Nicklett, E., Taylor H. O., & Chatters, L. M. (2013). Informal social support networks of African American, Hispanic, Asian American, and Native American older adults. In K. E. Whitfield and T. A. Baker (Eds.), Handbook of Minority Aging 417-434. New York, NY: Springer.

Nicklett, E., Heisler, M., Spencer, M., & Rosland, A. (2013). Direct social support and long-term health of middle-aged and older adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Journal of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 68, 933-943.

Nicklett, E. J., Semba, R. D., Simonsick, E. M., Szanton, S., Bandeen-Roche, K., Ferrucci, L., Guralnik, J. M. & Fried, L. P. (2012). Diet quality and social support: Factors associated with serum carotenoid concentrations among older disabled women (The Women's Health and Aging Study). The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 16(6), 511-518.

Nicklett, E. J., Semba, R. D., Xue, Q. L., Tian, J., Cappola, A. R., Simonsick, E. M., Ferrucci, L., & Fried, L. P. (2012). Fruit and vegetable intake, physical activity and mortality among older community-dwelling women. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 60(5), 862-868.

Tropman, J. E., & Nicklett, E. J. (2012). Organizational theory. In B. A. Thyer, K. M. Sowers & C. N. Dulmus (Eds.), Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Theories for Social Work Practice. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons.

Tropman, J. E., & Nicklett, E. J. (2012). Balancing the budget through social exploitation: Why hard times are even harder for some. Advances in Applied Sociology, 2(2), 111-119.

Nicklett, E. J. (2012). Sex, health behaviors and social support: Functional decline among older diabetics. American Medical Journal, 3(2), 82-92.

Eisenberg, D., Nicklett, E. J., Roeder, K., & Kirz, N. (2011). Eating disorder symptoms among college students: Prevalence, correlates, and treatment-seeking. Journal of American College Health, 59(8), 700-707.

Nicklett, E. J., Szanton, S., Sun, K., Ferrucci, L., Fried, L. P., Guralnik, J. M., & Semba, R. D. (2011). Neighborhood socioeconomic status is associated with serum carotenoid concentrations in older, community-dwelling women. Journal of Nutrition, 141(2), 284-289.

Semba, R. D., Arab, L., Nicklett, E. J., & Ferrucci, L. (2011). Fat mass is inversely associated with serum carboxymethyl-lysine, an Advanced Glycation End Product, in adults. Journal of Nutrition, 141(9), 1726-1730.

Nicklett, E. J. (2011). Socioeconomic status and race/ethnicity independently predict health decline among older diabetics. BMJ Public Health, 11, 684.

Nicklett, E. J., & Liang, J. (2010). Diabetes-related support and health decline among older adults. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 65(3), 390-399.

Semba, R. D., Nicklett, E. J., & Ferrucci, L. (2010). Does accumulation of Advanced Glycation End Products contribute to the aging phenotype? Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 65(9), 963-975.

Nicklett, E. J., & Burgard, S. A. (2009). Downward social mobility and major depressive episodes among Latino and Asian American Immigrants to the United States. American Journal of Epidemiology, 170(6), 793-801.

Nicklett, E. J. & Perron, B. (2009). Laws and policies to support well being of children: An international comparative analysis. International Journal of Social Welfare, 19(1), 3-7.

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