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- Emeritus

Contact Info

624 N. Broadway, Hampton House 280B

Research Interests

Health Policy and Management, Behavior and Health, life span development and health; childhood and adolescence; social structure and health; substance use; aggressive and violent behavior

Experiences & Accomplishments
University of Chicago
University of Nebraska

Margaret E. Ensminger, Ph.D., interests include life span development and health; poverty and health; childhood and adolescence; social structure and health; substance use; aggressive and violent behavior. She has been following a cohort of children from an inner city neighborhood, first seen when they were in first grade. They have  been assessed at age 42. Their mothers were interviewed for a third time as they are about at retirement age. She and her colleagues have been examining the early individual, family and neighborhood antecedents to both healthy and unhealthy outcomes for the cohort of former first graders and their mothers.

Honors & Awards

2004 Election as Fellow for College on Problems of Drug Dependence

1996 Membership in Public Health Alpha Chapter Delta Omega Honorary Society.

1978 Patricia Lynn Baker Award for 1978, University of Chicago, Year's best social science paper on social science and social policy.

1973 Honors on Ph.D. Special Field Examination Psychiatric Sociology, University of Chicago.

1971-1973 Fellowship, Food Foundation Urban Study Program, University of Chicago, Department of Sociology.

1965 Honors on M.A. Examinations, University of Nebraska.

1964-1965 Fellowship, University of Nebraska.


Select Publications
  • Fothergill, K. E., Ensminger, M. E., Green, K. M., Kasper, J. D., Robertson, J. A., Thorpe, R. J., & Juon, H. S. (accepted).  Living arrangements among African American mothers and their later health.  Journal of Marriage and Family.
  • Ensminger, M.E., Smith, K.C., Juon, H.S., Pearson, J.L., & Robertson, J.A. (2009). Women, smoking, and social disadvantage over the life course: A longitudinal study of African American women. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 104S, S34-S41. PMCID: PMC2732764
  • Ensminger, M.E., Juon, H S., Lee, R.D., & Lo, S. (2009). Social connections in the inner city: Examination across the life course. Longitudinal & Life Course Studies: International Journal, 1 (1), 11-26.  PMCID: PMC Journal-In Process
  • Fothergill, K.E., Ensminger, M.E., Robertson, J.A., Juon, H.S., & Green, K.M. (2009). Pathways to adult marijuana and cocaine use: A prospective study of African Americans from age 6 to 42. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 50, 65-81. PMCID: PMC Journal-In Process
  • Ensminger, M.E., Juon, H., & Green, K.M.  (2007). Consistency between adolescent reports and adult retrospective reports of adolescent marijuana use: Explanations of inconsistent reporting among an African American population. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 89(1), 13-23.