Kyler J. Sherman-Wilkins

Kyler  J. Sherman-Wilkins

PhD Candidate

301 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. The Pennsylvania State University
  2. M.A. in Sociology and Demography
  3. Cornell University
  4. B.S. Human Development and Family Studies (Concentration in Aging and Health) 2011
  5. Minor in Gerontology


Kyler is a 5th year PhD  candidate in the dual-degree sociology and demography program. He is a social demographer  with a primary scholarly focus on the social determinants of physical, mental, and cognitive health over the life-span. He is particularly interested in how aging and health outcomes are stratified by race/ethnicity, gender, and class. His research all stems from his desire to better understand how the social environment and social institutions shape individuals' health and aging trajectories from birth until death.

In another strand of research, Kyler investigates how Americans spend their time and how time spent in various activities ranging from exercise to childcare vary across family structure, family roles, gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.

Kyler has a passion for teaching and has served as an instructor for Introductory Sociology and as a lab instructor for Intermediate Social Statistics. He has also served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for a number of courses including  Sociology of Family and Sociology of Gender. He is also committed to undergraduate mentoring and has served as a co-adviser for an undergraduate thesis.

Lastly, Kyler is a strong advocate for promoting diversity within the discipline of sociology and in higher education more broadly.


"Changing Minds: A Study on Patterns of Cognitive Change and their Social Determinants among Older Adults in the Health and Retirement Study"

Dissertation Chair(s):

Dr. Darvid R. Johnson

Research Interests:

Aging and the Life Course; Health Disparities; Family, Gender, and Time Use; Social Demography; Survey Methodology; Social Inequality