Reginald Tucker-Seeley portrait

Reginald Tucker-Seeley, ScD

Assistant Professor of Gerontology
Edward L. Schneider Chair in Gerontology


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, 2008-2010, Joint Harvard School of Public Health/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Educational Program in Cancer Prevention
  • ScD, 2009, Harvard School of Public Health
  • ScM, 2004, Harvard School of Public Health
  • MA, 2002, Saint Louis University
  • BSBA, 1995, University of Tulsa


  • Social determinants of health across the life course
  • Socioeconomic determinants of multimorbidity, mortality and self-rated health
  • Measures of financial well-being
  • Impact of health and social policy on racial and ethnic minorities


Reginald Tucker-Seeley, MA, ScM, ScD, is the inaugural holder of the Edward L. Schneider chair in gerontology and Assistant Professor in the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California (USC). Tucker-Seeley completed master and doctoral degrees in public health (social and behavioral sciences) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) and a postdoctoral fellowship in cancer prevention and control at HSPH and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI).

His research has focused primarily on social determinants of health across the life course, such as the association between the neighborhood environment and health behavior; and on individual-level socioeconomic determinants of multimorbidity, mortality, self-rated physical, mental, and oral health, and adult height.

Tucker-Seeley has received funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for research focused on the development of measures of financial well-being for cancer research. The first grant was an R21 titled “Development of a measure of financial well-being: Expanding our notion of SES” (1 R21 CA158248-01A1) and the second grant was a K01 Career Development grant titled “Financial well-being following prostate cancer diagnosis” (1K01CA169041-01).  He is also interested in the various ways neighborhood environment is defined and measured, and he is currently working on projects to create measures of neighborhood economic well-being.

Tucker-Seeley has a longstanding interest in the impact of health and social policy on racial/ethnic minorities and across socioeconomic groups. He has experience working on local and state-level health disparities policy, and in the measuring and reporting of health disparities at the state level. Tucker-Seeley was recently selected for the 2017-2018 cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship Program.  The fellowship includes one-year residency in Washington, DC working either in a federal congressional or executive office on health policy issues.

Before joining the faculty at USC, Tucker-Seeley was an Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and in the Center for Community Based Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Prior to graduate study at Harvard, he received an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Tulsa and worked in the accounting/ auditing field for five years, most recently as an internal auditor at Saint Louis University. He also completed an MA degree in Human Development Counseling from Saint Louis University and a clinical counseling internship at the Washington University Student Health and Counseling Service.


Email: tuckerse@usc.edu

Office Location: GER 228e

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