I am a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa. I am also a trainee in the Iowa Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (ILEND) Program. I am a medical sociologist and political economist who studies how political and economic context influences population health at multiple levels of analysis.
In my current research, I explore the relationship between income inequality and health disparities. I have two projects in the works that investigate it. One focuses on how income inequality impacts the education-health gradient at the national level. I utilize data from 83 countries over 24 years. In my second project, I am interested in the life-course health effects of early-life income inequality and poverty exposure by race/ethnicity and by gender. I draw my data from the U. S. Panel Study of Income Dynamics for this project.
I am also interested in the campus experiences of students with invisible disabilities (e.g., developmental and learning disabilities, chronic illnesses, and mental illnesses). Students with invisible disabilities face many challenges in gaining access to services and may have the legitimacy of their limitations questioned by people who do not have adequate training to recognize these impairments. For an abstract of this research, please see the Invisible Disabilities Project.
I am involved in collaborative projects that examine the mental health benefits of two eHealth interventions for cancer survivors, the causes and consequences of income inequality, and the differential impacts of relative versus absolute income for health promotion. Please see my research page for details about my projects.
My work appears in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, and Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.
In addition to my research, I also enjoy teaching courses in sociological research methods and statistical analysis. When I have spare time (which is rarely these days), I love gaming (video and tabletop), working with electronics, and attending the occasional convention. I also enjoy reading non-fiction and mystery novels.