Kyler J. Sherman-Wilkins
- The Pennsylvania State University
- M.A. in Sociology and Demography
- Cornell University
- B.S. Human Development and Family Studies (Concentration in Aging and Health) 2011
- 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. 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. He has served on the Diversity Promotion Committee in Penn State's Department of Sociology for 4 years now.
Changing Minds: Three Essays on Patterns of Cognitive Change and their Social Determinants among Older Adults in the Health and Retirement Study"