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Amy M. Pienta

Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.
Associate Research Scientist, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research.
Ph.D., Sociology, State University of New York, Buffalo
Dr. Pienta has research interests in demography of aging and she studies retirement and health in later life. Her current research focuses on determinants of couples’ retirement behavior and uncovering social processes underlying health disparities among African Americans. She also studies the health and well-being of older persons in Nepal and directs a MiCDA network for research on health, aging, and HIV/AIDS in that country.

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Pienta, Amy M., R. Tkatch, N. Artinian, J. Abrams, J. Mahn, M. Franks, S. Keteyian, B. Franklin, an, et al. 2011. "Social network and health outcomes among African American cardiac rehabilitation patients." Heart and Lung, 40(3): 193-200. PMCID: PMC2972356.

Abrams, J., Amy M. Pienta, N.I. Artinian, S.J. Keteyian, M.M. Franks, B. Franklin, R. Tkatch, L. Cuff, et al. 2009. "Correlates of Depression at Baseline Among African Americans Enrolled in Cardiac Rehabilitation." Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, 29(1): 24-31.

Pienta, Amy M., and Melissa M. Franks. 2006. "A closer look at health and widowhood : do health behaviors change after the loss of a spouse?" In Spousal bereavement in late life edited by Deborah Carr, Randolph M. Nesse, Camille B. Wortman. 117-142. New York : Springer Pub. Co.

Pienta, Amy M., and Melissa Franks. 2005. "Physical Health and Widowhood." In Late Life Widowhood: New Directions in Theory, Research, and Practice edited by D.S. Carr; R. Nesse; C. Wortman. Springer Publishing Company.

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