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Dr Laurie Corna
Dr Laurie Corna

Dr Laurie Corna

Affiliate Researcher

Research interests

  • Medicine
  • Population Health


Dr Laurie Corna is an affiliate of the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine. She has expertise in social gerontology and critical social theory within the broader field of public health.

After completing her PhD in the Social Science and Health programme at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto in 2011, she continued her research in the Department of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario.


Laurie’s research is principally concerned with better understanding health and economic inequalities amongst older adults in the context of the life course and in comparative perspective. This includes a comparison of methods for modeling detailed labour market and family histories and assessing how gendered labour market and family experiences shape health inequalities amongst older adults in four theoretically relevant welfare states.

She is also involved in collaborative projects assessing poverty and health dynamics amongst working-age adults in comparative perspective using multiple process-latent-transition models; the health implications of the push to keep older adults in the later market longer; and the consequences of the increasing privatisation of retirement (government retrenchment from public pensions and the necessity to save privately) for economic inequalities among older women.