Medical Sociology

Karen R. Albright (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 11 — Berkeley/UCSF
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology
University of Denver, Denver, CO

Dr. Albright received her PhD in Sociology from New York University. Dr. Albright’s research interests focus on health behaviors among socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, the barriers to their care, and potential solutions for improving care (e.g., collaborations between public health entities and private practices). In recent years, she has become particularly interested in how distrust of pharmaceutical medicine and the U.S. health care system affects health behaviors and outcomes. Dr. Albright’s research has been published in a wide variety of social scientific and medical journals, including American Journal of Public Health, Academic Pediatrics, Sociological Forum, and American Behavioral Scientist. Her research has been funded by, among others, the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the National Science Foundation. She is the Vice-President Elect of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology. 

Discipline: Sociology

Rene Almeling (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 15 — Berkeley/UCSF
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Public Health
Yale University, New Haven, CT

Dr. Almeling received her PhD in sociology from UCLA in 2008. Her research interests are in gender, markets, medicine, and genetics. She recently completed a book, Sex Cells: The Medical Market in Eggs and Sperm, which compares how reproductive cells, and the women and men who donate them, are culturally and economically valued (University of California Press). This project received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. As a Scholar, she interviewed genetic counselors for a new research project on how gendered ideas about bodies shape the presentation of genetic knowledge. She also initiated a survey research project on women's experiences of in vitro fertilization. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yale University.

Discipline: Sociology

Wendy Cadge (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 11 — Harvard
Professor, Department of Sociology
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Dr. Cadge received her Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University in 2002. Dr. Cadge's research focuses on religion in the contemporary United States as related to health and healthcare, immigration, and sexuality. Her first book, Heartwood: the First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2005. Her most recent book Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine will be released by the University of Chicago Press in October 2012. Recent articles focus on medical studies of intercessory prayer, physicians' experiences of religion and spirituality, hospital chaplains, and the prayers people write in hospital prayer books. Dr. Cadge works regularly with the media and has published op-eds in the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Atlanta Journal Constitution and Baltimore Sun.

Discipline: Sociology

John H. Evans (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 5 — Yale
Professor of Sociology, and Associate Dean of Social Sciences
University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Dr. Evans received both his PhD and MA in Sociology from Princeton University. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Macalester College. He serves as a Visiting member of the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, a postdoctoral fellow at the Scholars Program at Yale University and a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Playing God? Human Genetic Engineering and the Rationalization of Public Bioethical Debate. (2002, University of Chicago Press) and Contested Reproduction: Genetic Technologies, Religion, and Public Debate (2010, University of Chicago Press.) He has also published many articles on opinion polarization in the U.S. over abortion, homosexuality and related issues; science, health and religion; the sociology of religion; and the structure of public bioethical debates.

Discipline: Sociology

Pamela Herd (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 9 — Michigan
Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology, Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI

Dr. Herd received her PhD in Sociology from Syracuse University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Colby College. Her work focuses on aging, policy, health, and inequality. She has two streams of research. One stream examines how social policies (i.e., Social Security) affect gender, race, and class inequalities. The second stream focuses on the relationship between social factors and health. She is the Principal Investigator of the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, a member of the Board of Overseers of the General Social Survey, a member of the Board of Overseers of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Herd co-authored the 2007 book Market Friendly or Family Friendly? The State and Gender Inequality in Old Age with Madonna Harrington Meyer. The book is part of the American Sociological Association's Rose Series on Public Policy and was the winner of the Gerontological Society of America Section on Behavioral and Social Sciences Kalish Publication Award. She is author of numerous articles and chapters that have appeared in Social Forces, Gender and Society, Journals of Gerontology, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and The Gerontologist among others.

Discipline: Sociology

Colin Jerolmack (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 15 — Harvard
Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, Department of Sociology
Department Chair of Environmental Studies
New York University, New York, NY

Dr. Jerolmack received his PhD and MA in Sociology from City University of New York. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Drexel University. His primary fields of research are urban communities and environmental sociology.  His other research interests are Ethnography; urban communities; environmental sociology; animals and society; culture; health; social theory.  He also launched a community study of how climate change is threatening the livelihood of the native Inupiat people in Northwest Alaska.

Dr. Jerolmack's latest books are "Approaches to Ethnography from Oxford University Press" and "The Global Pigeon", University of Chicago Press. His co-authored publications include: Jerolmack, Colin and Nina Berman. 2016. "Fracking Communities." Public Culture 28(2), Jerolmack, Colin and Shamus Khan. 2014. "Talk is Cheap: Ethnography and the Attitudinal Fallacy." Sociological Methods and Research 43(2): 178-209, Jerolmack, Colin and Iddo Tavory. 2014. "Molds and Totems: Nonhumans and the Constitution of the Social Self." Sociological Theory 32(1): 64-77, Jerolmack, Colin.  2007.  "Animal Practices, Ethnicity and Community: The Turkish Pigeon Handlers of Berlin."  American Sociological Review 72(6): 874.

Discipline: Sociology

Maren E. Klawiter (ext. site) J.D., Ph.D.

Cohort 6 — Michigan
Staff Attorney, K-12 Education Law & Family/DV
Connecticut Legal Services, New London Office, New London, CT

Dr. Klawiter received her JD from Yale Law School in 2010, received both her PhD and her MA in Sociology from University of California, Berkeley and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bryn Mawr College. Dr. Klawiter is a dynamic attorney, sociologist and former educator with sound judgment, stellar credentials, and wide-ranging experience in higher education, government and internal investigations, civil litigation, criminal law, and school disciplinary proceedings. She is a former prosecutor in child abuse unit. Versatile and agile professional with demonstrated ability to manage complex projects, cultivate collaborative relationships, and work effectively with diverse groups and individuals. Strong communicator. Creative problem solver. Skilled interviewer and investigator. Knowledge of Title IX and related laws. She was admitted in CT and MA bar associations. She is also a former university professor with significant research, professional service, and teaching experience in medical sociology, health policy, health advocacy, and interdisciplinary studies of science, medicine and technology.

Discipline: Sociology
Health Policy Interests:

Beth K. Kosiak (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 1 — Yale
Health Policy Executive
Kosiak Health Policy Consulting, Washington, DC

Dr. Kosiak received both her PhD and MA from Princeton University. Dr. Kosiak is Principal Consultant of Kosiak Health Policy Consulting. She offers a broad range of health policy expertise from strategic planning, policy development and program execution to writing technical reports and grants and proposals. Experience in policy analysis,with a special focus on quality measurement, patient experience of care and value based purchasing. Extensive background in federal government, Medicare and physicians associations.


Her past projects are and were: Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC): April 2016- present
Providing strategic guidance and analysis to leadership, summarizing relevant literature and identifying key informants to assist the ACCC in meeting the requirements of its sponsors and fulfilling its mission, PCORI: April 2014- Present - Currently serving as senior consultant/program officer in the Improving Healthcare Systems Program at PCORI, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Signature Consulting: June 2013-December 2013 Played lead role in securing $23 million CMS PQRS contract and served as Interim Executive Director of the contract, directing all subcontractors and liaising to CMS until project was ready for hand off to a permanent director.

January 2013-June 2013: Provided strategic guidance and specific input to orthopedic surgical practice writing a grant for federal government funding; reviewed and provided expert technical feedback on draft reports from other consulting firms.

Discipline: Sociology

Catherine Lee (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 10 — Michigan
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Dr. Lee received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She examines how meanings of race and ethnicity shape social relations and inequalities across three critical sites: immigration; science and medicine; and law and society. Catherine is the author of Fictive Kinship: Family Reunification and the Meaning of Race and Nation in American Immigration (2013, Russell Sage) and co-editor of Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History (2012, Rutgers University Press). Her current projects include an investigation of racial disparities in pain management and the politics of narcotics control and a study of how social institutions are addressing ideas of racial ambiguity or uncertainty tied to shifting demographics and rise of multi-raciality.

Discipline: Sociology

Stephanie A. Robert (ext. site) Ph.D.

Cohort 3 — Berkeley/UCSF
Professor, School of Social Work
University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI

Dr. Robert received her PhD in Social work from University of Michigan and her MSW from University of Michigan. Her research focuses on how social and economic aspects of people’s lives affect their health and well-being over the life course. She demonstrates how socioeconomic status and race affect health over the life course and into old age. Many of her publications focus on how neighborhood context affects the health of residents and contributes to health disparities. She is co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program, which trains postdoctoral researchers from a range of fields to conduct research on population health, and to translate that knowledge into practice and policy. One of her current research projects examines the general public’s views about health disparities by race, income, and education. She aims to see to what degree people recognize that health is affected by a range of factors, not just medical care and individual health behaviors. She examines the public’s willingness to consider new social and economic policy as mechanisms to improve physical health and reduce health disparities. Another current project examines the time use of older adults, examining racial and educational differences in time spent on caregiving and volunteer activities. Yet another project examines whether the social environment contributes to birth outcomes and racial disparities in birth outcomes in Wisconsin. Her ongoing research also examines multiple facets of neighborhood environments and how they can promote or inhibit health among residents, particularly older adults.

Discipline: Sociology