Sociology of Health

Jacob E. Cheadle Ph.D.

Cohort 12 — Michigan Alumni List
Happold Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Dr. Cheadle received his PhD in Sociology and Demography from Pennsylvania State University. He is also co-director of the Bio-sociology of Minority Health Disparities Research Lab with his colleague, Dr. Bridget Goosby. His research focuses on how social processes intersect with biological processes to create individual variation in social functioning and health from late childhood and into adulthood. For example, they are currently studying how experiencing racial discrimination interacts with stress physiology to shape health disparities in a community sample. In the laboratory, they are interested in how peer pressure can bias adolescent and college students’ decision-making towards risky behaviors. The different projects he is involved in seeks to integrate measures at multiple levels of analysis including social networks, physiology, neurobiology, and genetics. They are also interested in social experiences and health over daily to long-term time scales, and using survey and experimental methods.

Discipline: Sociology
		

Nicole Esparza Ph.D.

Cohort 14 — Harvard Alumni List
Associate Professor of Public Affairs, Sol Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Esparza received her Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University in 2007. Her research interests include organizational dynamics, urban inequality, and economic sociology.  Dr. Esparza's dissertation used a multi-method approach to examine nonprofit organizations in twenty-six U.S. metropolitan areas.  This research explored how inter-organizational dynamics and social and political context affect the distribution of homeless services.  As a Scholar, she studied hospital patient “dumping,” a practice in which hospitals avoid high-cost patients by refusing to admit, transferring, and/or releasing patients in unstable conditions.

Discipline: Sociology
		

Cybelle Fox Ph.D.

Cohort 14 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Dr. Fox received her PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Harvard University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Economics from University of California, San Diego. Her main research interests are in race, immigration and the American welfare state. Most recently, she is the author of Three Worlds of Relief (Princeton University Press, 2012), which compares the incorporation of blacks, Mexicans, and European immigrants in the American welfare system from the Progressive Era to the New Deal.  Her work has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, American Behavioral Scientist, Sociology of Education, Political Science Quarterly, and Sociological Methods and Research. She is also co-author of Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings (Basic Books, 2004).

Discipline: Sociology
		

Brian A. Gifford Ph.D.

Cohort 10 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Director, Research and Measurement
Integrated Benefits Institute, San Francisco, CA

Dr. Gifford received his PhD in Sociology from New York University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from University of California - Berkeley. He researches workforce health, performance, absence, and disability leaves for the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI), a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. He has been a lead or contributing author on peer-reviewed and Institute-published studies on topics such as employees’ decisions about working during spells of illness, disability leave costs for acute coronary syndromes and venous thromboembolism, health risks and sick day absences, how CFOs use information to make decisions about their organizations’ healthcare and wellness benefits, and the links between FMLA and paid disability leaves. His prior appointment was as a social scientist with the RAND Corporation.

Discipline: Sociology
		

Brian Goesling Ph.D.

Cohort 10 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Director of Human Services Research
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Princeton, NJ

Dr.Goesling received his PhD in Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University. His expertise is in social programs and trends affecting families and youth. Dr. Goesling currently serves as project director for the Evaluation of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Approaches, a large, multisite random assignment evaluation of promising approaches to prevent teen pregnancy. He also directs a systematic evidence review of teen pregnancy prevention programs, serves as principal investigator for a large, multisite random assignment evaluation of healthy relationship programs for youth, and directs an ongoing cost study of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs. He has published more than a dozen scholarly book chapters and journal articles, including articles in the Journal of Adolescent HealthJournal of Health and Social BehaviorAmerican Sociological ReviewAmerican Journal of Sociology, and Social Forces. He coauthored a recent report for the U.S. Department of Education on the largest experimental evaluation to date of the effectiveness of mandatory random student drug testing in U.S. high schools. He has also authored research on systematic reviews, teen pregnancy prevention, teenagers’ attitudes toward marriage, the links between marriage and health, and health care coverage among families with children. 

Discipline: Sociology
		

Drew T. Halfmann Ph.D.

Cohort 8 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
University of California, Davis, Davis, CA

Dr. Halfmann received both his PhD and MA in Sociology from New York University in 2001, and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1990. His research focuses on social movements and the politics of health and social policy.  Professor Halfmann is the author of Doctors and Demonstrators: How Political Institutions Shape Abortion Law in the United States, Britain and Canada (University of Chicago Press, 2011), which won the 2012 Charles Tilly Best Book Award from the Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements of the American Sociological Association. His research has appeared in the American Sociological Review, Social Problems, Mobilization, HEALTH, Studies in American Political Development, and the Journal of Policy History.  His current research is on the African-American struggle for health equality from Reconstruction to Obamacare.  He is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network and co-director of its Bay Area Regional Network. 

Discipline: Sociology
		

Pamela Herd Ph.D.

Cohort 9 — Michigan Alumni List
Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology, LaFollette School of Public Affairs and Department of Sociology
Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Research on Poverty
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
		

Tiffany D. Joseph Ph.D.

Cohort 18 — Harvard Alumni List
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Joseph received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan and Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University. Dr. Joseph's reearch interests include the influence of immigration on the social construction of race in the U.S., immigrants' health and healthcare access; immigration and health policy, and the experiences of minority faculty in academia. Her current project explores how race and documentation status influences the healthcare access of immigrants under comprehensive health reform.  Her latest book, "Race on the Move" was published by Stanford University Press (2015).

Discipline: Sociology
		

Maren E. Klawiter J.D., Ph.D.

Cohort 6 — Michigan Alumni List
Staff Attorney / Connecticut Legal Services - New London Office, K-12 Education Law and Family/Domestic Violence
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
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Beth K. Kosiak Ph.D.

Cohort 1 — Yale Alumni List
Senior Consultant and Program Officer, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Principal Consultant
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