Allison Kabel

Associate Professor, Gerontology Coordinator, Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology


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Educational Background

  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Aging & Urban Health, Institute of Geronotology, Wayne State University, 2007
  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Wayne State University, 2005
  • M.A., Anthropology, specialization: Medical Anthropology, Wayne State University, 1997
  • B.A., Anthropology, Wayne State University, 1994


  • Kabel, A. (2019). Wardrobe malfunction: Case studies of disability and clothing at the threshold of older adulthood. Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 29(6), 731-743.

  • Carter, M., Yang, B., Davenport, M. and Kabel, A. (2019). Increasing rates of opioid misuse among older adults visiting emergency departments. Innovation in Aging, 3(1).

  • Kabel, A., Allen, C. & Dimka, J. (2017). Whose mammogram is this anyway? Perspectives on technology, breast health and mammography. Design for Health 1(2), 170-186. 

  • Dimka, J., Kabel, A. & McBee-Black, K. (2017). Disability, Participation and Apparel throughout the Life Course. Anthropology & Aging, 38(1), 17–29. doi:10.5195/AA.2017.146. 

  • Kabel, A., Dimka, J., & McBee-Black, K. (2017). "Clothing-related barriers experienced by people with mobility disabilities and impairments". Applied Ergonomics: Human Factors in Technology and Society, 59, 165-169. 

  • Kabel, A. (2016). Disability, apparel and the senses: Design considerations. The Senses and Society, 11(2), 206- 210. 

  • Kabel, A., Teti, M. & Zhang, N. (2016). The Art of resilience: Photo-stories of inspiration and strength among people with HIV/AIDS. Visual Studies 13(3), 221-230. 

  • Kabel, A., McBee-Black, K., & Dimka, J. (2016). Apparel-related community participation barriers: Ability, adaptation and engagement. Disability and Rehabilitation. DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2015.1123309


Number Name
GERO 101 Introduction to Gerontology
HLTH 207 Health Care in the U.S.
SOCI 359 Social Gerontology