Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Hedwig Lee

Assistant Professor, Sociology
University of Washington

CSDE Research Areas:

  • Health of People and Populations
  • Wellbeing of Families and Households

In the News:

Hedy Lee’s research focuses on the demographic trends and the social causes and consequences of poor health and health disparities, with a particular focus on the transition to adulthood, race/ethnicity, obesity, and the family. She has published on these topics in Population Research and Policy Review, Journal of Adolescent Health, American Journal of Epidemiology, Journal of Family Issues and Obesity. She has five ongoing projects. Her first project examines the role of discrimination in the development of mental and physical health using data from the Chicago Community Adult Health Study. A second project examines the association between family member incarceration and cardiovascular health (e.g., hypertension, obesity, diabetes), focusing on black women in the National Survey of American Life. In a third project she uses the National Health Interview Survey to examine trends in child racial/ethnic and socioeconomic health disparities (e.g., obesity, asthma, autism) from 1997 to 2009. Her fourth project examines the role of early life family poverty on incidence of childhood obesity from ages one to fifteen, using the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development. Lastly, her fifth project uses the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health to examine the social and economic consequences of obesity in adolescence and the transition to adulthood.