Mary Beth Ofstedal

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Health and Retirement Study

Contact Information

Survey Research Center
426 Thompson St., Room 3464 ISR
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: 734.647.9070


Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1995
M.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1990
B.A., Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, 1983

Research and Projects

Mary Beth Ofstedal is a Research Scientist in the Survey Research Center and Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. She is involved in instrument development, data collection and research for the Health and Retirement Study. Her research interests include transitions in health and functioning in old-age, utilization of health and long-term care services, intergenerational relations and support, longitudinal survey design and analysis, and comparative research.

Selected Recent Publications

J. Sakshaug, M.B. Ofstedal, H. Guyer and T. Beebe. The collection of biomarkers in health surveys. In T. Johnson (ed.) Handbook of Health Survey Methods, Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. [2014]

K.R. Jenkins and M.B. Ofstedal. The impact of socioeconomic characteristics on cardiovascular risk factors among middle- aged and older men and women. Women & Health, 54(1): 15-34 [2014]

J.W. Sakshaug, M.P. Couper, M.B. Ofstedal and D.R. Weir. Linking survey and administrative records: Mechanisms of consent. Sociological Methods and Research, 41(4): 535-569 [2012]

H. Cheshire, M.B. Ofstedal, S. Scholes, and M. Schröder. A comparison of response rates in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and the Health and Retirement Study. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 2(2): 127-144 [2011]

M.B. Ofstedal and D.R. Weir. The recruitment and retention of minority participants in the Health and Retirement Study. The Gerontologist, 51: S8-S20 [2011]

J.W. Sakshaug, M.P. Couper and M.B. Ofstedal. Characteristics of physical measurement consent in a population-based survey of older adults.. Medical Care, 48(1): 64-71 [2010]

J. Liang, A.R. Quinones, J.M. Bennett, W. Ye, X. Xu, B.A. Shaw, and M.B. Ofstedal. Evolving self-rated health in middle and old age: How does it differ across Black, Hispanic, and White Americans?. Journal of Aging and Health, 22:3-26 [2010]

C. Cigolle, M.B. Ofstedal, Z. Tian, and C.S. Blaum. TModels of frailty: The Health and Retirement Study.. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 57:830-839 [2009]

R. Wong, M.B. Ofstedal, E. Agree and K. Yount. Unhealthy lifestyles among older adults: Exploring transitions in Mexico and the U.S.. European Journal of Ageing, 5: 311-326 [2008]

M.B. Ofstedal, Z. Zimmer, A. Chan, Y.H. Lin, J. Natividad, Z. Tang. Short-term trends in functional limitation among older Asians: A comparison of five Asian settings.. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 22(3): 243-261 [2007]

Z. Zimmer, L.G. Martin, M.B. Ofstedal and Y.L. Chuang. The effect of education of adult children on the mortality of their elderly parents.. Demography, 44(2): 289-305 [2007]

A.I. Hermalin, M.B. Ofstedal and R. Tesfai. Future characteristics of the elderly in developing countries and their implications for policy.. Asian Population Studies, 3(1): 5-36 [2007]