Joseph Lariscy

Joseph Lariscy

Assistant Professor

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(901) 678-2525
Clement Hall, Room 223
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About Joseph Lariscy

Joseph Lariscy is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Memphis. He is a health sociologist trained in social demographic methods with interests in racial/ethnic health disparities. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 and was previously an NIA Postdoctoral Fellow at the Population Research Institute at Duke University.

Dr. Lariscy's primary research contributions examine racial/ethnic inequalities in older adult mortality risk and the early-life processes, particularly health behaviors and educational attainment, which engender or exacerbate later-life health disparities. His dissertation, entitled Racial and Ethnic Inequality in Adult Survival in the United States, drew on the social demographic perspective to examine racial/ethnic mortality differentials, with particular attention to the Hispanic paradox. A second line of his research agenda examines health risk behaviors, particularly tobacco use, among immigrants in adolescence and young adulthood. His research has been published in Demography, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Aging and Health, Population Research and Policy Review, and Nicotine and Tobacco Research.


Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin 2013


  • Lariscy, Joseph T. (2017). Black-White Disparities in Adult Mortality: Implications of Differential Record Linkage for Understanding the Mortality Crossover. Population Research and Policy Review 36(1):137-156.
  • Lariscy, Joseph T., Claudia Nau, Glenn Firebaugh, and Robert A. Hummer. (2016). Hiospanic-White Differences in Lifespan Variability in the United States. Demography 53(1):215-239.
  • Lariscy, Joseph T., Robert A. Hummer, and Mark D. Hayward. (2015). Hispanic Older Adult Mortality in the United States: New Estimates and an Assessment of Factors Shaping the Hispanic Paradox. Demography 52(1):1-14.
  • Gorman, Bridget K., Joseph T. Lariscy, and Charisma Kaushik. (2014). Gender, Acculturation,and Smoking Behaviors among U.S. Asian and Latino Immigrants. Social Science and Medicine 106:110-118.
  • Lariscy, JosephT., Robert A. Hummer, Jessica M. Rath, Andrea C. Villanti, Mark D. Hayward,and Donna M. Vallone. (2013). Race/Ethnicity, Nativity, and Tobacco Use among U.S. Young Adults: Results from a Nationally-Representative Survey. Nicotine and Tobacco Research 15(8): 1417-1426.
  • Wade, Becky, Joseph T. Lariscy, and Robert A. Hummer. (2013). Racial/Ethnic and Nativity Patterns of U.S. Adolescent and Young Adult Smoking. Population Research and Policy Review 32(3):353-371.
  • Lariscy, Joseph T. (2011). Differential Record Linkage by Hispanic Ethnicity and Age in Linked Mortality Studies: Implications for the Epidemiologic Paradox. Journal of Aging and Health 23(8):1263-1284.
  • Hummer, Robert A. and Joseph T. Lariscy. (2011). Educational Attainment and Adult Mortality. Chapter 12 (p. 241-262) in International Handbook of Adult Mortality. Richard G. Rogers and Eileen M. Crimmins (eds). New York: Springer.