Michelle Frisco

Michelle Frisco

Associate Professor of Sociology and Demography

405 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802

Biography:

Michelle Frisco is interested in the intersection of young people’s family, educational and health experiences during adolescence and early adulthood. Some of this research focuses specifically on these life course stages where young people are becoming adult while other research examines how experiences during these formative years shape long-term outcomes. For example, some of her most recent published research examines the consequences of obesity for mental health during adolescence and early adulthood while another strand examines how early adult obesity shapes women’s lifetime childbearing trajectories. Her new work in development continues to focus on obesity but with a focus on its causes and consequences among children with Latino immigrant parents. Professor Frisco teaches courses on health disparities, family sociology, and research methods.