Congratulations to Kasim Ortiz, who received an R36 Dissertation Award from the National Institutes of Health: NIA –R36AG070553

Departmental News

Posted: Jan 04, 2021 - 12:00am

Kasim Ortiz has been selected to receive funding by the NIA for his research project " Neighborhoods, Sexual Orientation, Race/Ethnicity & Smoking Across the Adult Life Span: A Multilevel Intersectional Assessment."

The funded project is anchored by three aims: 1) constructing a novel measure of age-specific patterns of residential segregation among sexual minority populations (residing in a gayborhood or not); 2) documenting cohort-specific racial/ethnic variations in neighborhood disadvantage among sexual minorities in the U.S.; and 3) employing intersectional multilevel analysis of individual heterogeneity and discriminatory accuracy (MAIHDA) to ascertain intersectional differences in smoking attributed to neighborhood contexts. The project supplies two-years of funding support for dissertation research, affording dedicated time for completion of doctoral requirements.