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Man Kit Lei

Assistant Professor

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217B Baldwin Hall
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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.

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  • 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
Of Note:
  • 2020. Investigator, Teaming for Interdisciplinary Research Program Award, Office of Research, University of Georgia.
  • 2019-2021. Co-Investigator, “Childhood Stressors and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Adulthood: A Longitudinal Investigation of Divergent Explanatory Models.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Subcontract with University of Iowa)
  • 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
  • 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.
Selected Publications:
  • Lei, Man-Kit, and Steven R. H. Beach (in press). “Can We Uncouple Neighborhood Disadvantage and Delinquent Behaviors?  An Experimental Test of Family Resilience Guided by the Social Disorganization Theory of Delinquent Behaviors.” Family Process. DOI:10.1111/famp.12527
  • Lei, Man-Kit, and Ronald L. Simons (in press). “A Multilevel Structural Resilience Model: When and For Whom do Neighborhoods Really Matter?” International Sociological Association eSymposium for Sociology 10: X-X.
  • Lei, Man-Kit, and Eric T. Klopack 2020. “Social and Psychological Consequences of the COVID-19 Outbreak: The Experiences of Taiwan and Hong Kong” Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy 12(S1): S35-S37.
  • Lei, Man-Kit, Frederick X. Gibbons, Ronald L. Simons, Robert A. Philibert, and Steven R. H. Beach. 2020. “The Effect of Tobacco Smoking Differs Across Indices of DNA Methylation-Based Aging in an African American Sample: DNA Methylation-Based Indices of Smoking Capture These Effects.” Genes 11: 311.
  • Lei, Man-Kit, Mark T. Berg, Ronald L. Simons., Leslie G. Simons, and Steven R. H. Beach 2020. “Childhood Adversity and Cardiovascular Disease Risk: An Appraisal of Recall Methods with a Focus on Stress-Buffering Processes in Childhood and Adulthood.” Social Science & Medicine 246: 112794.
  • Lei, Man-Kit, Ronald L. Simons, Steven R.H. Beach, and Robert A. Philibert. 2019. "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 74: e50-e59.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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