Man Kit (Karlo) Lei is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, and is affiliated with the Center for Family Research at UGA. Dr. Lei’s research interests include the social determinants of health and illness, sociology of aging, social epidemiology, criminology, and advanced quantitative methods and measurements. He has pursued three interrelated lines of research. First, his research focuses on understanding the impact of the social environment on biological mediators, and the way that social stressors and supports lead to health outcomes for members of minority groups. His second line of research focuses on contributions of the social environment to biological aging to better understanding how the social environment may accelerate or slow down the biological aging process. His third avenue for scholarly inquiry focuses on developing and utilizing innovative quantitative methods to better examine health-related outcomes and rate of biological aging.
- Ph.D., Sociology, University of Georgia, 2013
- M.A., Sociology, University of Georgia, 2010
- M.A., Sociology, National Taiwan University, 2001
- LL.B., Law (minor in Sociology), National Taiwan University, 1999
- 2018-2023. Co-Investigator, "Using a Randomized Prevention Trial to Understand the Health Benefits of Supportive Couple Relationships among Rural African American Adults," National Institute on Aging, $3,733,837
- 2017-2022. Co-Investigator, "Psychosocial Context and the Biological Clock: Changes in Weathering during Middle Age," National Institute on Aging, $3,240,000
- 2017. NIH Early Career Reviewer Program, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health
- 2016. "Most Impactful Article" Designation, Social Science & Medicine (journal)
- 2014. B. O. Williams Award for Dissertation Research, Department of Sociology, University of Georgia.
- 2013. Outstanding Article Award, American Society of Criminology.
- 2013. Certificate of Excellence, Department of Sociology, University of Georgia.
- 2012. First Prize, Gene Carte Student Paper Award, American Society of Criminology.
- 2012. The Best Graduate Student Paper Award, Evolution, Biology & Society Section, American Sociological Association.
- 2011. B. O. Williams Award for Thesis Research, Department of Sociology, University of Georgia.
- 2010. Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society
- Lei, Man-Kit, Ronald L. Simons, Steven R.H. Beach, and Robert A. Philibert. (Forthcoming). "Neighborhood Disadvantage and Biological Aging: Using Marginal Structural Models to assess the Link between Neighborhood Census Variables and Epigenetic Aging." Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbx015
- Lei, Man-Kit, Steven R.H. Beach, and Ronald L. Simons. 2018. "Biological Embedding of Neighborhood Disadvantage and Collective Efficacy: Influences on Chronic Illness via Accelerated Cardiometabolic Age." Development and Psychopathology 30: 1797-1815.
- Lei, Man-Kit, Steven R.H. Beach, and Ronald L. Simons. 2018. "Childhood Trauma, Pubertal Timing, and Cardiovascular Risk in Adulthood." Health Psychology 37: 613-617.
- Lei, Man-Kit, Steven R.H. Beach, Meeshanthini V. Dogan, and Robert A. Philibert. 2017. "A Pilot Investigation of the Impact of Smoking Cessation on Biological Age." American Journal on Addictions 26: 129-135.
- Lei, Man-Kit, Steven R.H. Beach, Ronald L. Simons, Ashley B. Barr, Carolyn E. Cutrona, and Robert A. Philibert. 2016. “Stress, Relationship Satisfaction, and Health among African American Women: Genetic Moderation of Effects.” Journal of Family Psychology 30: 221-232.
- Lei, Man-Kit, Steven R.H. Beach, Ronald L. Simons, and Robert A. Philibert. 2015. “Neighborhood Crime and Depressive Symptoms among African American Women: Genetic Moderation and Epigenetic Mediation of Effects.” Social Science & Medicine 146: 120-128.
- Lei, Man-Kit, Ronald L. Simons, Mary Bond Edmond, Leslie Gordon Simons, and Carolyn E. Cutrona. 2014. “The Effect of Neighborhood Disadvantage, Social Ties, and Genetic Variation on the Antisocial Behavior of African American Women: A Multilevel Analysis.” Development and Psychopathology 26: 1113-1128. (First Prize, Gene Carte Student Paper Award, American Society of Criminology; The Best Graduate Student Paper Award, Evolution, Biology & Society Section, American Sociological Association)
- Lei, Man-Kit, Ronald L. Simons, Leslie Gordon Simons, and Mary Bond Edmond. 2014. “Gender Equality and Violent Behavior: How Neighborhood Gender Equality Influences the Gender Gap in Violence.” Violence and Victims 29: 89-108.