Mary McEniry

Mary McEniryDirector, Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR)

Brief Biography

Mary McEniry joined ICPSR as Director of the Data Sharing for Demographic Research project in 2011 after 10 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was an associate scientist in the Center for Demography and Ecology, and the Center for Demography of Health and Aging.

Dr. McEniry’s research interests are focused on the demography of aging, cross-national comparisons of early life conditions and older adult health, and health and mortality in U.S. Hispanic populations and developing country populations.

Dr. McEniry earned a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering with a focus on organizational and group decision theory and statistics; a Master’s in Industrial Engineering; a Master’s in Social Work; and a Bachelor’s in Social Work, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also holds a teaching certificate from the University of California, Berkeley.

For the last five years, her work has focused on early life influences on elderly health in the developing world, with support from an award from the National Institute on Aging. She also worked on the “Puerto Rico Elderly: Health Conditions” project, designing anthropometric measures and testing survey instruments.

Selected Publications

McEniry, M. 2014. Early life conditions and rapid demographic changes: Consequences for older adult health. Springer Science and Business Media. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Science and Business Media.

McEniry, M. 2012. "Early Life Conditions and Older Adult Health in Low and Middle Income Countries: A Review." Journal of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 4(1): 10-29. Online: doi:10.1017/S2040174412000499. PMCID: PMC3540412.

McEniry, M. (2011). “In utero exposures, season of birth and population studies of older adults: Author’s reply” Social Science & Medicine. doi:

McEniry, M. (2010). “Infant mortality, season of birth and the health of older adult Puerto Ricans.” Social Science & Medicine. doi:

McEniry, M., A. Palloni (2010). “Early life exposures and the occurrence and timing of heart disease among the older adult Puerto Rican population.” Demography, 47(1):23-43.

McEniry, M, A. Palloni, A.L. Dávila, A. García G. (2008). “Early life exposure and its effects on the health of older Puerto Rican adults.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 63B(6):S337-S348 PMCID: PMC2826209.

Palloni, A., M. McEniry (2006). “Aging and health status of elderly in Latin America and the Caribbean.” Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology, 22(3):263-285.

Palloni, A., M. McEniry, R. Wong, M. Pelaez. (2006). “The tide to come: Elderly health in Latin America and the Caribbean.” Journal of Aging and Health, 18(2): 180-206.

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