Mary Byrnes

Mary Byrnes

Adjunct Faculty

Mary Byrnes


Public Health

In addtition to serving as adjunct faculty in Public Health at WSU I am a qualitative researcher at Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy and the Department of Surgery at the University of Michigan Medicine where I work with a team of surgeons and social scientists on improving surgical outcomes.  I am also Associate Professor, Emerita of Sociology at Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan.  

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  •  Sociology of aging and the lifecourse, housing and health, identity, inequalities. 


  • Ph.D. Sociology, Wayne State University (2009)
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University (2004-2009)
  • MUP Masters of Urban Planning, Wayne State University, (2003)

Selected publications

Byrnes, M.E. (2017).  Grow Old With Me!:  Future Directions of Age, Race, and Place Scholarship.  Sociology Compass.

Byrnes, M.E. (2011).  Moving Behaviors of Very Low-Income Older Adults. Senior Housing and Care Journal.  19:1, 35-48.

Byrnes, M.E. (2011).  A City Within A City:  A “Snapshot” of Aging in a HUD 202 in Detroit, Michigan.  Journal of Aging Studies, 25:3, 253-272.

Dillaway, H. & Byrnes, M.  (2009).  Clueing in on Successful Aging:  A Call for Academic Critiques and Conceptualizations. Journal of Applied Gerontology.


Currently teaching

  •  PH 3100