Zachary Zimmer, PhD
My main focus is health and other aspects of well-being among older persons in developing countries, particularly those experiencing rapid social change. This has led me to East and Southeast Asia where I have worked on a number of projects. In one current example, I am investigating out-migration of working aged adults from rural areas of Cambodia and its impact on elderly parents left behind. I am interested in other topics relating to aging in poor countries, such as differences in rural versus urban health, disability trajectories in among elders in developing societies and impacts of HIV/AIDS on social support.
- Health and Population Policy
- Study Review Panels, National Institutes of Health
- Gerontological Society of America
- Population Association of America
- Director, Consortium for Research on China and the Chinese, University of Utah
- Coordinator, Graduate Exchange Program, University of Utah – National University of Singapore
- Zimmer Z, Kaneda T, Tang Z, Fang X. (2010). Explaining late life urban vs. rural health discrepancies in Beijing. Social Forces, 88(4), 1885-1908. PMID: 21151893
- Zimmer Z, Knodel J. (2010). Return migration and the health of older aged parents: Evidence from rural Thailand. Journal of Aging and Health, 22(7), 955-976. PMID: 20194684
- Zimmer Z, Korinek K. (2010). Shifting coresidence near the end of life: Comparing decedents and survivors of a follow-up study in China. Demography, 47(3), 537-554. PMID: 20879676
- Zimmer Z, Wen M, Kaneda T. (2010). A multi-level analysis of urban/rural and socioeconomic differences in functional health status transition among older Chinese. Social Science & Medicine, 71(3), 559-567. PMID: 20621749
- Zimmer Z. (2009). Household composition among elders in Sub-Saharan Africa in the context of HIV/AIDS. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 71(4), 1086-1099.