Kerstin Gerst Emerson, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Graduate Coordinator
Hudson Hall
Health Sciences Campus
102 Spear Road
Athens, GA 30602

Dr. Emerson has two main research areas, both centering on older adults and using large secondary datasets. She focuses on Hispanic aging, specifically the influence of individual and neighborhood characteristics on physical and mental health outcomes among older Mexican Americans. More recently, Dr. Emerson’s research investigates the impact of loneliness among older adults, including healthcare utilization.

Curriculum Vitae

Current Projects

Examining the individual and neighborhood-level influences on the health life expectancy of older Hispanics, NIH-funded grant


GRNT 3000E, Aspects of Aging
GRNT 3700 Exploring Aging Through Film
GRNT 6750/6750E, Mental Health and Aging
GRNT 6650E, Aging in Society