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Assistant Professor & Graduate Program Director
Sociology Department

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Teaching/Expertise Areas: Health, Demography, and Quantitative Methods

Ph.D., Sociology and Demography - Pennsylvania State University (2008-2013)


Assistant Professor of Sociology - CU Denver (2015-current)

~Director of Graduate Studies - CU Denver (2019-current)

~Graduate Faculty - CU Boulder (2016-current; courtesy)

~Affiliated Scientist - Colorado Population Center (2016-current)


Postdoctoral Fellow - Harvard University, Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars (2013-2015)

~Certificate in GIS - Harvard University Center for Geographic Analysis (2014)

Dr. Lippert is a sociologist and demographer whose research focuses on population health disparities. His current projects investigate how cardiometabolic illness, behavioral health, and mortality are associated with economic hardship, work-family conflict, and community features including local health service availability, socioeconomic distress, and economic segregation. He completed his Ph.D. at the Pennsylvania State University in 2013 and post-doctoral training at Harvard University through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program (2013-15). He enjoys working with students who share his interests and welcomes the chance to discuss student-led projects related to population health, urban sociology, demography, and quantitative methods.


  • Ongoing
    • "Vaping in Canada: Investigating the geographic distribution and sociodemographic correlates of e-cigarette use." Co-PI (with Daniel J. Corsi Co-PI). Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, C$100,000. 4/2021 - 3/2023. 
  • Completed
    • "Food Insecurity among Urban Homeless and Precariously Housed Children and Families." Co-I (with Barrett A. Lee PI). Funded by: NICHD (R03HD087625), $170,000. Completed 10/2019.


  • 2021     Dean’s Graduate Mentoring Award, Graduate School at the University of Colorado Denver
  • 2020     Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver
  • 2019     Dean’s Graduate Mentoring Award, Graduate School at the University of Colorado Denver

Training and teaching interests

  • Medical sociology; health disparities; social demography; demographic techniques; spatial analysis; quantitative methods; urban sociology

Publications (since 2015)

(GS graduate student coauthor; UG undergraduate student coauthor)

Lippert, Adam M. Forthcoming. “System failure: The geography of sepsis-associated death in the US and factors contributing to the mortality burden of Black communities” Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.

Martin, Molly A., Margaret Gough, Adam M. Lippert. Forthcoming. “The risks and consequences of skipping meals for low income mothers,” Population Research & Policy Review.

Lippert, Adam M., Jason N. Houle, and Katrina M. Walsemann. 2022. "Student debt and cardiovascular disease risk among U.S. adults in early mid-life," American Journal of Preventive Medicine 63(2).

Lee, Barrett A. and Adam M. Lippert. 2021. “Food insecurity among homeless and precariously housed children in the United States: Lessons from the past,” Demographic Research 45(37):1115–1148.

Lippert, Adam M. and Barrett A. Lee. 2021. “Adult and child food insecurity among homeless and precariously-housed families at the close of the 20th century” Population Research and Policy Review 40(2):231-253

Kim, Jinho, Rockli Kim, Hannah Oh, Adam M. Lippert, and S.V. Subramanian. 2020“Estimating the Influence of Adolescent Delinquent Behavior on Adult Health Using Sibling Fixed Effects” Social Science & Medicine.

Lippert, Adam M. and Grace E. VenechukGS.  2020“Job decision latitude lowers worker stress, but for whom? Results from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health," Population Research and Policy Review 39:1009–1017

Kim, Rockli, Adam M. Lippert, Marcia P. Jimenez, Robbee Wedow, and S.V. Subramanian. 2020. "The relative contribution of socioeconomic and genetic factors to variation in body mass index among young adults," American Journal of Epidemiology.

Riina, Elizabeth and Adam M. Lippert. 2020"Parent-Child Relationships in Latinx Families: The Role of Immigrant Concentration, Residential Stability, and Generational Status," Journal of Community Psychology.

Lippert, Adam M. and Sarah Damaske. 2019. “Finding Jobs, Forming Families, and Stressing Out? Work, Family, and Stress among Young Adult Women in the US,” Social Forces 98(2):885-914.

Lippert, Adam M., Daniel J. Corsi, and Grace E. VenechukGS. 2019. “Schools influence adolescent e-cigarette use, but when? Examining the interdependent association between school context and teen vaping over time” Journal of Youth and Adolescence 48(10):1899-1911.

Lippert, Adam M., Margaret Gough (equal authorship), and Molly A. Martin. 2019. "The Role of Time-Use Behaviors in the Risk of Obesity among Low-Income Mothers," Women’s Health Issues 29(1):23-30.

adams, jimi and Adam M. Lippert. 2019“Under the radar: Representing latent class analysis posterior response probabilities” Socius 5:1-3.

Lippert, Adam M. 2018. "Association between school-level prevalence of electronic cigarette use and student-level use behaviors, pre-use intentions, and risk perceptions: Evidence from the 2014 U.S. National Youth Tobacco Survey," Nicotine & Tobacco Research 5(20):231-238 (online first 2016).

Bostean, Georgiana, Luis Sanchez, and Adam M. Lippert. 2018. "Sociodemographic disparities in e-cigarette retail environment: Vape stores and census tract characertistics in Orange County, CA," Health & Place 50:65-72.

Martin, Molly A., Adam M. Lippert, Kelly Chandler, and Megan Lemmon. 2018. "Home alone: Parents’ work hours, availability and adolescents’ weight-related behaviors," Social Science & Medicine 4:291-300.

Lippert, Adam M., Clare Rosenfeld, Fahad Razak, and S.V. Subramanian. 2017. "Association between continuity and change in early neighborhood poverty and adult cardiometabolic biomarkers in the US:  Results from the 1995-2008 National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health," American Journal of Epidemiology 185(9).

Lippert, Adam M. 2017. "Temporal changes in the sociodemographic correlates of U.S. adolescent electronic cigarette use and role in tobacco cessation, 2011-2013," Health Education & Behavior 44(2):254-261.

Yu, EdwardGS and Adam M. Lippert. 2017. "Race/ethnicity modifies the association between school prevalence of e-cigarette use and student-level use: Results from the 2014 US National Youth Tobacco Survey," Health & Place 46

Lippert, Adam M. 2016. "Stuck in unhealthy places: How entering, exiting, and remaining in poor neighborhoods is associated with obesity during the transition to adulthood," Journal of Health & Social Behavior 57(1). 

Lippert, Adam M. and Daniel Corsi (equal authorship). 2016. "An examination of the shift in school-level clustering of US adolescent e-cigarette use and its multilevel correlates, 2011-2013," Health & Place 38:30-38.

Riina, Elizabeth M., Adam M. Lippert, and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn. 2016. "The roles of social support and residential stability for the quality of parent-child relationships among ethnically diverse urban families," Journal of Marriage and Family 78(4).

Yu, EdwardGS and Adam M. Lippert. 2016. "Neighborhood crime rate, physical activity, and obesity: A systematic review of the literature," Sociology Compass. 

Rosenfeld Evans, Clare, Adam M. Lippert, and S.V. Subramanian. 2016. "The persistent clustering of adult body mass index by school attended in adolescence," Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 70:260-263.

Lippert, Adam M. and Barrett A. Lee.  2015. "Stress, coping, and mental health differences among homeless people," Sociological Inquiry 85: 343-374.   

Lippert, Adam M. 2015. "Do adolescent smokers use e-cigarettes to help them quit? The sociodemographic correlates and cessation motivations of US adolescent e-cigarette use," American Journal of Health Promotion 29:374-9.


In Progress

Journal of Urban Health (under review, lead author)

A data atlas of Canadian e-cigarette use (in development)

Job decision latitude and mental health: Improving on causal estimates (in development with graduate coauthor)


SOCY 4220/5220: Population Analysis

SOCY 4050/5050: Health Disparities

SOCY 3440: Medical Sociology

SOCY 5000: Professional Seminar: Graduate Sociological Inquiry

SOCY 4830: Work-Family Policies and Practices

SOCY 4995/5995: Surveying Spain: Population, Policy, & Social Issues (Summer study abroad, canceled due to COVID pandemic)

Course files:

Segregation in Denver (RStudio lab activity)

Segregation in Denver (Lecture)