Malcolm Cutchin , Ph.D.

Malcolm Cutchin , Ph.D.




Occupational Therapy

Office Location

Room 231 (IOG)
Room 2202 (EACPHS)


313-664-2625 (IOG)
313-577-9956 (OT)


Malcolm Cutchin , Ph.D.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D. 1995, University of Kentucky (Geography)
  • M.A. 1992, University of Kentucky (Geography)
  • B.A. 1984, University of Texas, Austin (Psychology)

Positions and Employment

Current appointments

  • Professor, Institute of Gerontology, since 2018
  • Professor, Occupational Therapy, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, since 2016
  • Co-Leader, Integrative Health Science Facility Core, CURES

Previous positions

  • 2013-2016 Professor and Chair, Department of Health Care Sciences, Wayne State University
  • 2010-2013 Professor, Division of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, UNC
  • 2010-2013 Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • 2010-2011 Associate Professor, Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark
  • 2005-2010 Associate Professor, Division of Occupational Science, UNC
  • 2005-2013 Senior Research Scientist, Institute on Aging, UNC
  • 2006-2010 Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Geography, UNC
  • 2001-2005 Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • 2001-2005 Fellow, Sealy Center on Aging, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • 1995-2001 Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Middlebury College
  • 1991-1995 Instructor, Department of Geography, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Awards and Honors

  • 2019-2024 NIH/NCI R01 R01CA232514, $3,118,482 total costs
    “African American Resilience in Surviving Cancer (ARISE)” (Co-P.I.)
  • 2018-2019 NIJ GMS Award 2017-R2-CX-0045, $568,576 total costs
    “Neighborhoods, Stress, and Police Behavior: Understanding the Relationships” (Co-P.I.)
  • 2017-2022 NIH/NIEHS P30 ES020957, $5,000,000 direct costs
    “Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES)” (Co-I.)
  • 2016-2019 OVPR (WSU) President’s Research Enhancement Program, $900,000 total costs
    “Reseachers of Biobehavioral Health in Urban Settings Today (RoBUST)” (Co-P.I.)
  • 2015-2017 NIH/NIEHS P30 ES020957, $2,454,236 total costs
    “Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES)” (Co-I.)
  • 2014-2016 CURES (WSU/NIEHS), $150,000
    “Daily Activities, Neighborhood Stressors, and Stress of Older African-Americans” (P.I.)
  • 2010-2013 EPA G09E10166, $537,000 total costs
    “Analytical Strategies for Assessing Cumulative Effects of Chemical and Nonchemical Stressors” (Subcontract P.I.)
  • 2008-2010 NIH/NICHD R21 HD057980-01, $361,005 total costs
    “Disparities in Post-Acute Rehabilitation Care” (Co-I.)
  • 2007-2011 NIH/NIEHS 1R21ES016729-01, $1,170,345 total costs
    “Dynamically Integrating Macro and Micro Processes” (Collaborating Advisor)
  • 2007-2010 NIH/NIA Grant 1R21AG029502-01A1, $314,640 total costs
    “Feasibility and Effects of Preventive Home Visits” (P.I.)
  • 2004-2007 NIH/NIA Grant 1R21 AG023951-01, $1,359,000 total costs
    “Psychoneuroimmunology, Stress, and Healthy Aging in Hispanics” (Co-I. and member of Executive Committee while at UTMB)
  • 2003-2010 NIH/NCI Grant 5 P50 CA105631, $2,851,121 total costs for R01 project
    “Environmental Risk, Coping, and Mexican American Health” (P.I. while at UTMB; Subcontract PI while at UNC; Project funded as R01 component of UTMB Center for Population Health and Health Disparities, Jim Goodwin, Center P.I.)
  • 1999-2003 NIH/NIA Grant 1 R15 AG17028-01, $101,057 total costs
    “Aging-in-Place, Migration, and the Impact of New Services” (P.I.)


Recent Publications

Publications and citations via Google Scholar

Last 4 years

Articles in peer reviewed journals

  1. Zilioli, S., Fritz, H. Tarraf, W., Lawrence, S., & Cutchin, M. P. (in press). Socioeconomic Status, Ecologically Assessed Social Activities, and Daily Cortisol among Older Urban African Americans. Journal of Aging and Health.
  2. Fritz, H., Cutchin, M. P., Gharib, J., Haryadi, N., Patel, M., & Patel, N. (in press). Neighborhood characteristics and frailty: A scoping review. The Gerontologist.
  3. Brorsson, A., Öhman, A., Lundberg, S., Cutchin, M., & Nygård, L. (in press). How accessible are grocery shops for people with dementia? A qualitative study using photo documentation and focus group interviews. Dementia. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1177/1471301218808591
  4. Margot-Cattin, I., Kühne N., Kottorp A, Öhman A., Cutchin, M., & Nygard, L. (in press). Development of a questionnaire to evaluate out-of-home participation for people with dementia. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
  5. Cutchin, M. P. (2018). Commentary on The inescapable corporeality of occupation: Integrating Merleau-Ponty into the study of occupation. Journal of Occupational Science, 25, 234-236.
  6. Fritz, H., Cutchin, M. P., & Cummins, E. (2018). Loss of trust in the neighborhood: The experience of older African Americans in Detroit. Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences. Epub ahead of print. doi:10.1093/geronb/gby019
  7. Buschmann, R. N., Prochaska, J. D., Cutchin, M. P., & Peek, M. K. (2018). Stress and health behaviors as potential mediators of the relationship between neighborhood quality and allostatic load. Annals of Epidemiology, 28, 356-361. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2018.03.014
  8. Maersk, J., Cutchin, M. P., & la Cour, K. (2018). Identity and home: Understanding the experience of people with advanced cancer. Health & Place, 51, 11-18. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.02.003
  9. Garcini, L. M., Chirinos, D. A., Murdock, K. W., Seiler, A., LeRoy, A. S., Peek, M. K., Cutchin, M. P., & Fagundes, C. (2017). Pathways linking racial/ethnic discrimination and sleep among U.S.-born and foreign-born Latinxs. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1007/s10865-017-9907-2
  10. Cutchin, M. P., Dickie, V. A., & Humphry, R. A. (2017). Foregrounding the transactional perspective's community orientation. Journal of Occupational Science, 24, 434-445. doi: 10.1080/14427591.2017.1365750
  11. Fritz, H., & Cutchin, M. P. (2017). The transactional perspective and health behavior: A role for occupational science in population health improvement. Journal of Occupational Science, 24, 446-457. doi: 10.1080/14427591.2017.1366354
  12. Aldrich, R. M., & Cutchin, M. P. (2017). Filling in the gaps: A case for enhancing Madsen and Josephsson’s assertions about occupation, situation, and inquiry. Journal of Occupational Science, 24, 425-429. doi: 10.1080/14427591.2017.1336736
  13. Fritz, H., Tarraf, W., Saleh, D, & Cutchin, M. P. (2017). Using a smartphone-based ecological momentary assessment protocol with community dwelling older African-Americans. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 72, 886-887. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbw166
  14. Zilioli, S., Slatcher, R. B., Fritz, H., Booza, J. C., & Cutchin, M. P. (2017). Brief report: Neighborhood disadvantage and hair cortisol among older urban African Americans. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 80, 36-38.
  15. Fritz, H., & Cutchin, M. P. (2017). Changing neighborhoods and occupations: Experiences of older African-Americans in Detroit. Journal of Occupational Science, 24, 140-151. doi: 10.1080/14427591.2016.1269296
  16. Heatwole Shank, K., & Cutchin, M. P. (2016). Processes of developing ‘community livability’ in older age. Journal of Aging Studies, 39, 66-72.
  17. Fritz, H., & Cutchin, M. P. (2016). Integrating the science of habit: Opportunities for occupational therapy. OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health. 36, 92-98.
  18. Pergolotti, M., Cutchin, M. P., & Muss, H. (2015). Predicting participation in meaningful activity for older adults with cancer. Quality of Life Research, 24, 1217-1222.
  19. Pergolotti, M., & Cutchin, M. P. (2015). The Possibilities for Activity Scale: Development, validity and reliability. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 82, 85-92.


  • Skinner, M., Andrews, G., & Cutchin, M. (Eds.). (2018). Geographical gerontology: Perspectives, concepts, approaches. London: Routledge.

Book chapters

  1. Cutchin, M. P. (in press). Habits of social inquiry and reconstruction: A Deweyan vision of democracy and social research. In J. Wills & R. W. Lake (Eds.), The power of pragmatism: Knowledge production and social inquiry. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  2. Cutchin, M. P. (2018). Active relationships of aging people and places. In M. W. Skinner, G. J. Andrews, & M. P. Cutchin, (Eds.), Geographical gerontology: Perspectives, concepts, approaches. London: Routledge.
  3. Cutchin, M. P., Skinner, M., & Andrews, G. (2018). Geographical gerontology: Progress and possibilities. In M. W. Skinner, G. J. Andrews, & M. P. Cutchin, (Eds.), Geographical gerontology: Perspectives, concepts, approaches. London: Routledge.
  4. Skinner, M., Andrews, G., & Cutchin, M. P. (2018). Introducing geographical gerontology. In M. W. Skinner, G. J. Andrews, & M. P. Cutchin, (Eds.), Geographical gerontology: Perspectives, concepts, approaches. London: Routledge.
  5. Andrews, G., Cutchin, M. P., & Skinner, M. (2018). Space and place in geographical gerontology: Theoretical traditions, formations of hope. In M. W. Skinner, G. J. Andrews, & M. P. Cutchin, (Eds.), Geographical gerontology: Perspectives, concepts, approaches. London: Routledge.
  6. Cutchin, M. P. (2016). Place integration: Notes on a Deweyan framework for community development. In Skinner, M. W., & Hanlon, N. (Eds.), Ageing resource communities: New frontiers of rural population change, community development and voluntarism (pp. 24-37). London: Routledge.