- Dr. Kari Alexander - Senior Instructor
- Dr. Stacey Bosick – Associate Professor
- Dr. Teresa M. Cooney – Professor
- Dr. Candan Duran-Aydintug - Associate Professor
- Dr. Keith Guzik - Associate Professor
- Dr. Adam Lippert - Assistant Professor
- Dr. Jennifer Reich - Professor
- Dr. Maren Scull - Assistant Professor Clinical Track
- Dr. Esther Sullivan - Assistant Professor
Kari Alexander’s past research focuses on exposure to social stress, religion, and health. In addition to general research on social stress, coping behaviors, and health outcomes, she focuses more narrowly on effects of different aspects of religiosity on mental health after exposure to social stressors. Currently, Dr. Alexander is beginning to explore the effects of narrative-based online pedagogies on empathy.
Bosick’s current work explores the relationship between criminal offending and the transition to adulthood experiences of urban, at-risk youth. A separate project examines the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the transition to adulthood experiences of a sample of primarily African-American single mothers who were displaced by the storm. Other projects investigate the movement of underrepresented minority students into graduate degree programs, disparities in police reporting among juvenile delinquents, and adolescent predictors of persistent offending.
Dr. Cooney is a family and lifecourse sociologist, with expertise and interest in family transitions, family relationships in adulthood (and between adults), and aging families. Throughout her 30-year career, her scholarship has focused heavily on family transitions such as divorce and remarriage and how they affect family relationships (primarily between parents and offspring) and roles. An early National Institute of Mental Health 5-year grant award allowed her to field a survey study examining the consequences of parental divorce for young adult offspring (18-23 years old), examining outcomes in the areas of young adult transitions, family relationships, substance use and abuse, intimate relationship issues and mental health. Since then she has shifted to studies of middle-aged and older parents and children, with recent work focused on end-of-life planning and how family relationships influence those activities and choices. Currently, she also is engaged with a project on caregiving for persons with heart failure, on which she collaborates with a Anschutz Medical Center physician/researcher.
Recently published papers
Dr. Duran-Aydintug is currently working on two research projects.
In one project she is working on a project with Adams County Safe House staff members.
Using focus groups and semi-structured face-to-face interviews, she is hoping to gain an in-depth understanding of how shelter staff constructs their clients’ identities and their narratives as they grapple with the common question: “Why do they stay in or go back to abusive relationships?”
The research, “Safe House Members’ Understanding and Social Construction of Their Clients’ Identities and Accounts” is being supported by a grant from the UCD Center for Faculty Development.
In this research, Dr. Duran plans to answer the following questions:
• Why do shelter staff members believe that these women go back?
• How do shelter staff members describe these women, their lives and the choices they make?
• In working with these women toward empowerment (the shelter’s main goal), what obstacles do they encounter and what role do they attribute to the women in the existence of these obstacles and in giving into them?
These questions will lead to a better understanding of the phenomenon, may result in more focused training of shelter staff and certainly will carry legal and policy implications.
The second project is on Stay Home Fathers and on that she is working with Charlene Shelton, UCD Sociology MA graduate.
Using a phenomenological approach, their aim is to gain an in-depth understanding how fathers who stay home connect with their children how they define their role as “fathers”, what support groups they have, what obstacles they encounter, and how the negotiations are made between mothers and fathers.
Dr. Guzik's areas of concentration include criminology, law & society, science & technology studies, sociological theory, and qualitative methods. Within these areas, he is generally interested in investigating legal processes and their impact on people’s view of the law, the use of information and surveillance technologies by state actors to combat insecurity, and strategies for building the legitimacy of legal institutions. He recently completed a book on surveillance technologies and information systems in Mexico’s War on Crime and is beginning new work examining efforts to increase court legitimacy and access to justice. He has also written on intimate partner abuse in the past and the effects of arrest and prosecution on changing abusers’ conduct.
Book - “Making Things Stick”
Dr. Lippert is a sociologist and demographer whose research is centered on three aims: (1) understanding the role that contexts (e.g., schools, neighborhoods) play in shaping human health and health behaviors; (2) examining the contribution of work-family circumstances to health and family well-being; and (3) exploring the mechanisms linking long-term exposure to disadvantage and declining health over the life course. He completed his PhD at the Pennsylvania State University in 2013 and post-doctoral training at Harvard University through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program (2013-15). He enjoys working with students who share his interests (even remotely) and welcomes the chance to discuss student-led projects related to health, demography, and quantitative methods. Below are links to current publications:
Dr. Reich currently has several lines of research that explore these issues. Over the last decade she has examined how parents come to reject vaccines for their children, in dialog with physicians, complementary healthcare providers, activists, and researchers. This work has been published newly published book, Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines (NYU Press). She is Co-PI on a research study that explores how low income adults with Medicaid make decisions about their medical care and perceive the value of healthcare. This mixed methods study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will explicate why individuals seek primary care in the emergency department rather than in primary care settings and what personal and structural factors shape their strategies for their own care. Dr. Reich is also part of a multi-center research team conducting a mixed method study to understand the experiences and challenges facing heart transplant recipients. This study aims to understand how heart transplant recipients experience challenges with post-operative care, including medication adherence and treatment requirements, as well as larger challenges, including costs, limitations in employment, and caregiving relationships. The following are some of Dr. Reich's recent publications:
Dr. Scull uses qualitative methods to conduct research in the areas of deviance, sexualities, gender, and social psychology. Specifically, she looks at the ways in which deviant roles and statuses impact individuals’ self-conceptions and identities with a specific focus on those who engage in sexual deviance and/or sex work. Drawing from field work and in-depth interviews, she has conducted research on male exotic dancers. In particular, I examined how the occupation influenced dancers’ self-conceptions, the social stigmas they faced, and the ways in which their performances reinforced stereotypical gender roles. Currently, I am conducting an in-depth interview study with women who are in mutually beneficial relationships (MBRs) with men that are referred to as “sugar daddies.” In this research, I explore the reasons women enter into these relationships, the nature of the relationships, and how they influence women’s self-views. I am also involved in a project using surveys and in-depth interviews to assess the needs of LGBTQIA students, faculty, and staff on the University of Colorado Denver campus.
Sullivan's research is focused on issues pertaining to inequality & poverty, housing & the built environment and urban processes, governance, & legal regulation. Her work combines ethnographic methods with geospatial (GIS) analysis. Her interest in poverty, inequality, and urban policy shape her current research projects on housing insecurity and forced residential relocation.
Her current book project Manufactured Insecurity: Mobile Home Park Evictions and Americans' Tenuous Right to Place is a mixed-method look at the mass evictions that result when mobile home parks close. Living full time inside closing mobile home parks across Texas and Florida over two years, she examines the effects of forced relocation on individuals and communities. She is also interested in the ways regulation and governance shape community vulnerability to natural disaster and is in the beginning stages of a project on housing regulation and flood risk in the Mountain West. She has published on various issues related to low-income housing, housing informality, sustainability, community development, and urban policy. These publications and press on her work can be found on her website: esthersullivan.net