Leah Abrams recently completed her PhD in health services organization & policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Her dissertation examined the depressive symptoms in the aging population, motivated by concern about rising suicide, drug-use, and despair in midlife. As a Sloan Fellow, Leah is exploring how policies that push for later retirement (e.g. changing SS’s full retirement age) are leaving behind certain groups of older adults who lack agency in their retirement timing. She is also examining how public and employer policies can extend working life for this population, rather than punish them for exiting the labor force early.
Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies