Miriam Mutambudzi

Assistant Professor

Miriam Mutambudzi in an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health in Falk College, and Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Aging and Policy Studies (CAPS), the Aging Studies Institute, and the Maxwell School Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Syracuse University.

Mutambudzi’s research is focused on 3 main subpopulations in the U.S, UK and Europe; older adults, the workforce, and vulnerable groups (race/ethnic minorities, immigrants, refugees). She uses longitudinal data to assess how social and structural determinants of health impact onset and progression of chronic diseases, functional and cognitive health, work-related health outcomes, and mortality across the life course.

Mutambudzi serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Aging and Health and the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. She and her co-authors were the 2020 recipients of the Kammer Emmett Award from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) which recognizes “the author(s) of the most outstanding article published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental M (JOEM) during a recent past year” (available here ). She was also selected as a NIH National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) 2021 Health Disparities Institute Scholar.


Ph.D. in Public Health, University of Connecticut

MPH West Virginia University

B.A. in International Studies, West Virginia University


Aging and health, occupational epidemiology and psychosocial factors in the workplace, chronic disease and life course epidemiology, as well as health disparities and social determinants of health

Recent Publications

  • Mutambudzi M, Flowers P, Demou E. Association of perceived job security and chronic health conditions with retirement in older UK and US workers. Eur J Public Health. 2022 32(1).52-58 doi:10.1093/EURPUB/CKAB170
  • Chen NW, Mutambudzi M, Markides KS. Trajectories of concurrent depressive symptoms and cognitive function on health outcomes and mortality among older Mexican Americans. Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2022. Epub Ahead of Print.. doi:10.1016/J.ARCHGER.2022.104663
  • Mutambudzi M, Niedzwiedz C, Macdonald E, et al. Occupation and risk of severe COVID-19: prospective cohort study of 120,075 UK Biobank participants. Occup Env Med. 2021;78:307-314. doi:10.1101/2020.05.22.20109892
  • Mutambudzi M, Henkens K. Effects of Prevalent and Newly Diagnosed Arthritis on Changes in Perceived Physical Demands and Work Stress Among Older Workers: Results of a 3 Year Panel Study. J Aging Health. 2021. Epub ahead of print. doi:10.1177/08982643211046427 •
  • Mutambudzi M, Van Solinge H. Impact of Retirement on Sleep Problems Among Older Workers and Their Partners. Gerontologist. 2021;61(8):1287-1295. doi:10.1093/GERONT/GNAB042
  • Bhaskar, A., Katikireddi, V., Niedzwiedz, C., Mutambudzi, M., Flowers, P., Hunt, K., & Demou, E. (2020). P65 How are occupational histories associated with self-rated health in middle-aged adults? A cross-sectional analysis of retrospective UK Biobank data.
  • Mutambudzi M, Demou E, Flowers POP30 U.S. and UK differences in the association between multimorbidity trajectories and retirement in older workers with high and low effort-reward imbalanceJ Epidemiol Community Health 2020; 74:A14.
  • Mutambudzi, M., Gonzalez Gonzalez, C., & Wong, R. (2020). Impact of diabetes and disease duration on work status among US Older Adults. Journal of aging and health, 32(5-6), 432-440.
  • Mutambudzi, M. and Henkens, K. (2020) Chronic health conditions and work-related stress in older adults participating in the Dutch workforce. European Journal of Ageing, (doi: 10.1007/s10433-020-00554-x) (Early Online Publication).
  • Mutambudzi, M., Flowers, P. and Demou, E. (2020) Neuroticism, health and health behaviours in emergency personnel: a UK Biobank study. Occupational Medicine, (doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqz169) (PMID:31951004) (Early Online Publication).
  • Brown, M., & Mutambudzi, M. (2020). Psychiatric History and Trajectories of Cognitive Change Predict Risk of Nursing Home Residence. Innovation in Aging, 4(Suppl 1), 466.
  • Mutambudzi, M., & Vanajan, A. (2020). Job Intensity: Evidence from Low-and Middle-Income Countries. Handbook of Socioeconomic Determinants of Occupational Health: From Macro-level to Micro-level Evidence, 1-35.
  • Mutambudzi, M., Díaz-Venegas, C., & Menon, S. (2019). Association between baseline glycemic markers (HbA1c) and 8-year trajectories of functional disability. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, 74(11), 1828-1834.
  • Mutambudzi, M., Theorell, T., & Li, J. (2019). Job strain and long-term sickness absence from work: a ten-year prospective study in German working population. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, 61(4), 278-284.
  • Mutambudzi, M., Chen, N. W., Howrey, B., Garcia, M. A., & Markides, K. S. (2019). Physical performance trajectories and mortality among older Mexican Americans. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, 74(2), 233-239.