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Mieke Beth Thomeer

PRC Graduate Student Trainee M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

PRC Graduate Student Trainee; PhD Candidate
Mieke Beth Thomeer



Mieke Beth Thomeer is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and a Population Research Center trainee. She specializes in studying health, relationships, and gender. She is primarily interested in mental and physical health changes over the life course and how social relationships impact health and health care, particularly in the oldest ages. She uses both qualitative and quantitative methods. Her dissertation uses quantitative dyadic longitudinal methods and a life course and gender relations framework to examine how the experience of having a spouse diagnosed with a chronic condition unfolds over time, with a specific focus on psychological distress. Other projects include examining how sexual minority status shapes well-being, how nursing home risk is influenced by sociodemographic characteristics, how depression is spread within marriage through emotion work processes, and how parenthood impacts health habits throughout the life course. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Public HealthSociety and Mental Health, and the Handbook of the Sociology of Mental Health

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