Dr. Nekehia Quashie


Dr. Quashie is a sociologist whose work addresses the areas of population aging, family, health and wellbeing within a comparative international perspective. Her postdoctoral research includes positions within the Faculty of Social Sciences at TU Dortmund University, Germany and the College of Population Studies at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.



Dr. Quashie has two main ongoing lines of research. In the first she examines how societal conditions such as social welfare policy and socioeconomic inequality shape family support and caregiving among older adults across different societies. The second line of research examines how family dynamics including size, structure, and relations are associated with health and wellbeing in later life. Each research area is attentive to gender and socioeconomic disparities in older adults’ health and well-being. Her research covers global regions of Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, and Europe.


  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of Utah
  • M.S. Sociology, University of Utah
  • B.S. Psychology, Florida Memorial University

Selected Publications

Arpino, B., Mair, C.A., Quashie, N.T., Antczak, R. (2022). Loneliness before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic- are unpartnered and childless older adults at higher risk? European Journal of Ageing doi: 10.1007/s10433-022-00718-x (online first 07/22)

Andrade, F. C. D., Quashie, N. T., & Schwartzman, L. F. (2022). Coresidence increases the risk of testing positive for COVID-19 among older Brazilians. BMC geriatrics22(1), 1-16. doi: 10.1186/s12877-022-02800-6 (online first 02/22)

Quashie, N. T., Andrade, F. C. D., Meltzer, G., & García, C. (2022). Living Arrangements and Intergenerational Support in Puerto Rico: Are Fathers Disadvantaged? The Journals of Gerontology: Series B. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbac044 (online first 03/22)

Quashie, N.T., Wagner, M., Verbakel, E., & Deindl, C. (2021). Socioeconomic differences in informal caregiving in Europe. European Journal of Ageing. doi: 10.1007/s10433-021-00666-y (online first 12/2021)

Floridi, G., Quashie, N.T., Glaser, K., & Brandt, M. (2021). Partner care arrangements and wellbeing in mid- and later life: The role of gender across care contexts. Journals of Gerontology, Series B. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbab209 (online first 11/2021)

Brandt, M., Kaschowitz, J., & Quashie, N.T. (2021). Socioeconomic inequalities in the wellbeing of informal caregivers across Europe.  Aging & Mental Health. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2021.1926425 (online first 05/2021).

Brandt, M., Garten, C., Grates, M., Kaschowitz, J., Quashie, N., & Schmitz, A. (2021). Changes in wellbeing and private support for older people: A closer look at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in early summer 2020. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 54, 240-246. doi: 10.1007/s00391-021-01870-2 (online 03/201)

Quashie, N.T., Arpino, B., Antczak, R., & Mair, C.A. (2021). Childlessness and health among older adults: Variation across five outcomes and 20 countries. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Psychological and Social Sciences, 76(2), 348-359. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbz153 (online first 11/2019).

Quashie, N.T., & Andrade, F.C.D. (2020). Family status and later-life depression among older adults in urban Latin America and the Caribbean. Ageing & Society, 40(2), 233-261.  doi: 10.1017/S0144686X18000879 (online first 08/2018).

Brennan-Olsen, S.L., Bowe, S.J., Kowal, P., Naidoo, N., Quashie, N.T., Eick, G., Agrawal, S., & D’Este, C. (2019). Functional measures of Sarcopenia: Prevalence, and associations with functional disability in 10,892 adults aged 65 years and over from six lower- and middle-income countries. Calcified Tissue International, 105(6), 609-618. doi: 10.1007/s00223-019-00609-x (published online first 09/2019)

Quashie, N.T., D’Este, C., Agrawal, S., Naidoo, N., & Kowal, P. (2019). Prevalence of angina and co-morbid conditions among older adults in six low- and middle-income countries: Evidence from SAGE Wave 1. International Journal of Cardiology, 285(15), 140-146. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2019.02.068 (online first 03/2019).

Quashie, N.T., & Pothisiri, W. (2019). Rural-urban gaps in health care utilization among older Thais: The role of family support. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 81, 201-208. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2018.12.011 (online first 12/2018).

Le, D.D., Quashie, N.T., & Prachuabmoh, V. (2019). How does self-rated health differ among older Vietnamese men and women? Journal of Population Ageing 12(1), 69-93. doi: 10.1007/s12062-018-9223-9 (online first 04/2018).

Quashie, N.T., & Pothisiri, W. (2018). Parental status and psychological distress among older Thais.  Asian Social Work and Policy Review, 12(3), 130-143. doi: 10.1111/aswp.12145 (online first 06/2018).

Quashie, N.T., Jones, F., Gény, L.R., & Abdullahi, A. (2018). Population ageing and sustainable development in the Caribbean: Where are we 15 years post MIPAA? International Journal on Ageing in Developing Countries, 2(2), 128-148.

Quashie, N.T. (2016). Intergenerational financial transfers across seven cities in Latin America and the Caribbean: The intersection of gender and proximity.  Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 47(4), 413-439.

Quashie, N.T. (2015). Who supports whom? Gender and intergenerational transfers in post-industrial Barbados. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 30(2), 189-216. doi:10.1007/s10823-015-9260-2.

Quashie, N., & Zimmer, Z. (2013). Residential proximity of nearest child and older adults’ receipts of informal support transfers in Barbados. Ageing & Society, 33(2), 320-341.