2019-2020 Biosocial Trainees


Postdoctoral Scholars



Northwestern University, 2019
Sociology

Research Interests:
Social determinants of health; life course; family; gender; social stratification; work and occupations.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Allison Aiello, PhD (Epidemiology); Kathleen Mullan Harris (Sociology)



University of Michigan, 2016
Epidemiology

Research Interests:
Immunosenescence; social epidemiology; social drivers of infectious disease; life course perspectives; and population health.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Allison Aiello, PhD (Epidemiology); Robert Hummer, PhD (Sociology)



University of Southern California, 2019
Gerontology

Research Interests:
Cardiometabolic risk; cognition; mortality; health trends; aging in low- and middle-income countries; biosocial surveys - collecting biological measures in population-based surveys.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Allison Aiello, PhD (Epidemiology); Elizabeth Frankenberg, PhD (Sociology)


Predoctoral Trainees



Sociology

 

Research Interests:
Mental health and experiences of discrimination in US Muslim populations; genetic and epigenetic predictors of mental disorders; health disparities.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Joanna Maselko, PhD (Epidemiology); Taylor Hargrove, PhD (Sociology)



Epidemiology

Research Interests:
Social drivers of racial/ethnic health disparities; race/ethnicity and social stratification; and reproductive and gynecologic health.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Whitney Robinson, PhD (Epidemiology); Taylor Hargrove, PhD (Sociology)



Sociology

Research Interests:
Social stratification and health; gender- and race-based discrimination and health; stress and coping processes; cellular and epigenetic markers of aging.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Allison Aiello, PhD (Epidemiology); Robert Hummer, PhD (Sociology)



Sociology

 

Research Interests:
Health disparities throughout the life course along racial/ethnic, gender, and class strata.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Robert Hummer, PhD (Sociology); Whitney Robinson, PhD (Epidemiology)



Sociology

Research Interests:
Social science genomics; the relationship between education and health; statistical methodology; structural equation modeling; social stratification; and cardiovascular disease.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Kenneth Bollen, PhD (Psychology, Neuroscience, Sociology); Christy Avery, PhD, (Epidemiology)



Epidemiology

 

Research Interests:
Embodiment of social factors during sensitive/critical development periods; resiliency; epigenetics; conceptualization of race and ethnicity in health scholarship.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Allison Aiello, PhD (Epidemiology); Robert Hummer, PhD (Sociology)



Epidemiology

Research Interests:
Structural inequality; gut bacteria; the immune system; physiologic aging; cognition; and related biomarkers across the life course.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Allison Aiello, PhD (Epidemiology); Kathleen Mullan Harris (Sociology)



Health Policy and Management

 

Research Interests:
Systems thinking and simulation modeling for research translation and public health decision making; social network and built environment influences on chronic disease prevention and control.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Leah Frerichs, PhD (Health Policy and Management); James Moody, PhD (Duke-Sociology)



Health Behavior

Research Interests:
Behavioral and biological determinants of obesity; intergenerational and early life disadvantage on life-course trajectories of health.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Y. Claire Yang, PhD (Sociology); Shelley Golden, PhD (Health Behavior)



Anthropology

 

Research Interests:
The impact of historical and intergenerational trauma on contemporary health among Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Amanda Thompson, PhD (Anthropology and Nutrition); Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD (Health Behavior)



Epidemiology

 

Research Interests:
Causal inference; social network analysis; respiratory infectious diseases; vaccines; statistical software.

Faculty Preceptor(s): Allison Aiello, PhD (Epidemiology); James Moody, PhD (Duke-Sociology)


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