Research: Funded Research

Social networks and well-being in late life: An in depth examination of daily mechanisms

The University of Michigan team includes Dr. Kira Birditt who has collaborated extensively with the principal investigator (Dr. Karen Fingerman), particularly with regard to quantitative analyses, qualitative coding, multilevel models, and mediation models. Dr. Birditt will provide hands-on assistance with regard to syntax, preparation of coding schemes, execution of analyses, and interpretation of output, writing up findings, and co-authoring papers. Dr. Birditt will also assist in plans for subsequent analyses, as well as assisting in the construction of data sets. Dr. Birditt also has considerable statistical expertise with regard to selection of analysis strategy and has access to a wide array of services and courses on quantitative analyses at the Institute for Social Research. In terms of leading projects related to these data, Dr. Birditt will primarily be responsible for projects related to examining emotional experiences, emotional tones of conversations and well-being.

Angela Turkelson will be responsible for preparing and managing the datasets, cleaning the data, conducting descriptive and regression analyses, and preparing tables of the findings. She will also assist in the preparation of manuscripts and presentations. She has a great deal of experience managing datasets, including merging datasets together, transposing datasets from long form to wide form and vice versa, creating scales and indexes, and recoding variables for analysis. She is also experienced in conducting descriptive analyses (including frequencies, correlations, cross tabulations) as well as more complex analyses (including linear and logistic regressions, ANOVAs, t tests).


University of Texas at Austin

Funding Period:

09/15/2015 to 05/31/2020