Rodlescia Sneed

Rodlescia Sneed

Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Rodlescia Sneed

Bio Sketch

 I am a social gerontologist interested in how the social environment impacts successful aging among mid and late-life adults living in urban, economically distressed communities. I am formally trained in social/health psychology, with expertise in biopsychosocial models of health. My work uses community engaged approaches to identify and improve upon factors that contribute to inequities in health and well-being among mid and late-life adults.


 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Social Gerontology, University of Pittsburgh

PhD, Social and Health Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University

MPH, Epidemiology, Columbia University

Bachelor of Arts (AB), Molecular Biology, Princeton University


Office Location

Institute of Gerontology

87 East Ferry Street

231 Knapp Building




Areas of Expertise

Social Gerontology, Biopsychosocial Models of Health, Interpersonal Relationships, Chronic Disease, Community Engagement, Justice-Involved Populations

Professional Service

Associate Editor, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences

Leadership Team Member/Awards Committee Co-Chair, Aging and Public Health Section, American Public Health Association


Professional Associations

Gerontology Society of America

American Public Health Association


Honors and Awards

Policies 4 Action Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Research Scientist, Michigan Center for Urban African-American Aging Research

 Chan AY, Sneed RS. (in press, 2022). Factors associated with delay or avoidance of medical and dental care among American adults over 50 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences

Sneed RS & Krendl AC. (2022) What factors are associated with psychological vulnerability & resiliency among older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic? Special Collection on COVID-19, The Journals of Gerontology: Series B.

Sneed RS, Hailemariam M, Key KD, Jordan T, Richie F, Saddler S, Spencer B, Summers M, White JM, Johnson JE. (2021). Developing and Maintaining Intergenerational Relationships in an Economically Vulnerable Community: Findings from the Flint Women’s Study. Journal of Women & Aging

Sneed RS, Key KD, Bailey S, Johnson-Lawrence V. (2020). Social and Psychological Consequences of the Covid-19 Pandemic in African-American Communities: Lessons from Michigan. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

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