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Taylor W. Hargrove's research seeks to uncover and explain the development of health disparities across the life course, focusing on the consequences of race, skin color, gender, and socioeconomic status. Her work addresses both between-group inequalities in health as well as sources of heterogeneity within groups that differentiate pathways to health. She is currently engaged in research that explores linkages among socio-geographic contexts, individual-level characteristics, and biological measures of health in early adulthood.

Dr. Hargrove's primary research areas of interest are racism, colorism, aging and the life course, and the social stratification of health. Her program of research examines how and why social inequalities in health unfold across the life course, and is guided by three overarching questions: To what extent do race, skin color, gender, and socioeconomic status combine to shape health at different stages of life? How do pathways to health and aging differ among members of broadly defined social groups? What are the contextual, psychosocial, and biological mechanisms underlying health inequality? She is currently engaged in research that explores linkages among socio-geographic contexts, individual-level characteristics, and biological measures of health in early adulthood. The goal of this work is to elucidate how macro-level environments shape inequalities in more proximate causes of poor health. One project, for example, seeks to  investigate the extent to which manifestations of structural racism across multiple domains shape Black-White inequalities in biological risk factors for Alzheimer's Disease and other related dementias. Hargrove plans to continue this line of research in efforts to help elucidate the pathways through which social factors 'get under our skin' to shape health and undergird social stratification.

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