Dr. Kohler is a social demographer interested in the demographic, health, and social aspects of aging in low and middle-income contexts. Her approach to study global health, aging, and mortality is based on the life-course perspective. In several projects and publications her research documents the long legacy of early childhood factors on health outcomes in late life in different contexts.
Dr. Kohler is leading a portfolio of research projects that critically evaluates social, demographic, and epidemiological theories of aging outside the realm of the transitional aging studies that are focused on upper-middle-income and high-income contexts. Dr. Kohler is also the Associate Director of the Population Studies Center (PSC) at the University of Pennsylvania, LDI Senior Fellow and is also a Scholar of the Center for Global Health, UPenn.