Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD, ScM

Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD, ScM

Community Engagement Core

Carolyn Cannuscio, ScD, is Co-Lead on the UPenn PRC Community Engagement, Partnerships, & Technical Assistance Core. Dr. Cannuscio is a social epidemiologist with substantial experience studying aging, chronic disease, and health disparities. Her current work concentrates on two areas: the material and social causes of later-life health disparities, and the preventable causes of urban health disparities. She is also the Director of Research for the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania.

To advance the use of visual methods in health disparities research, Dr. Cannuscio collaborates with Dr. David Asch, Eve Weiss, and a strong interdisciplinary team of student research assistants.

Her innovative work on The Health of Philadelphia Photo-documentation Project was reviewed in Social Science and Medicine and Journal of Urban Health and included in a documentary on WHYY-TV.

Dr. Cannuscio also has a particular interest in material hardship, especially in later life. Recent work published in The American Journal of Public Health highlights the adverse impact of food, housing, and health care-insecurity on the health of older adults.