The goal of the UAB Department of Sociology is to be ranked among the best programs in medical sociology in the nation. Resources are in place to accomplish this through the Department’s current research links and opportunities with faculty in UAB’s medical school that is consistently ranked by U. S. News & World Report as one of the top twenty-five such schools nationally and with the many research centers and clinical programs that exist on campus.
The focus of instruction at the graduate level is the sociology of health and medicine. Students are trained broadly in theory and methods, but the primary goal is to train medical sociologists. We encourage an interdisciplinary approach and seek to maintain and grow our partnerships with the Schools of Medicine and Public Health, and campus interdisciplinary research centers. At the undergraduate level, we offer a general degree in sociology, with concentrations available in social psychology and medical sociology.
New Faculty starting Fall 2014Mieke Beth Thomeer (PhD, University of Texas-Austin, 2014)
Recent publications in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior and in Society and Mental Health. Her paper in Society and Mental Health (Thomeer, Meike Beth, Debra Umberson, and Tetyana Pudrovska. 2013). "Marital Processes Around Depression A Gendered and Relational Perspective." 3(3): 151-169.) was selected as the winner of ASA's award for best mental health publication for 2014.
New Online Master's Degree ProgramUAB has launched a new online Applied Sociology MA program. Students with specific career goals or with unique intellectual objectives may propose an emphasis designed to meet their individual academic needs. The program is especially well suited for a variety of educators wanting to enhance their teaching and research skills, government employees seeking solutions to social issues, administrators wanting to improve work environments and financial professionals with consumer culture interests. We are committed to offering at least ten online classes a year. Please visit the course requirement link for further information.
Faculty NewsSpringer Publishing announced Bill Cockerham's book Medical Sociology on the Move: New Directions in Theory was one of the top 25% most downloaded ebooks in 2013. BioMedLib ranked his paper "The Intersection of Health and Gender in a Transitional State: The Case of Russia," #8 in Top 20 Articles in epidemiology since its publication (2012). The article was published in the Sociology of Health & Illness. The Editorial Team for Social Theory & Health previously notified him that his 2007 article "A Note on the Fate of Postmodern Theory and its Failure to Meet the Basic Requirements for Success in Medical Sociology," Social Theory & Health 5, 285-296 - was one of their top ten articles for number of web page views for 2012.
Mieke Beth Thomeer won the American Sociological Association's 2014 Award for best paper on mental health.
Magda Szaflarski has been selected as one of three new fellows in the Engaged Scholars Studying Congregations program sponsored by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research with funding from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. The award of $20,000 will be used to conduct research on congregational responses to community health needs and network with other scholars in the field. This research aims to inform federal efforts by the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity and the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships to serve Americans in need and reduce health disparities. http://studyingcongregations.org/about-us/fellowship/2014-2015-engaged-scholar-fellows/
Graduate Student/Graduates NewsRecent graduates and their new jobs include:
- William Anderson, UAB School of Medicine
- Lori Bateman, UAB School of Medicine (post-doc)
- Ronald Berkowsky, University of Miami Medical School (post-doc)
- Henna Budhwani, UAB School of Public Health
- David Buys, Mississippi State University
- Yue Cao, Medical College of South Carolina
- LaToya O'Neal Coleman, Michigan State University (post-doc)
- Colin Ferrell, Western Kentucky University
- Tim Hale, Harvard University Medical School
- Akilah Dulin Keita, Brown University Medical School
- Xiaofei Qiao, UAB Spain Rehabilitation Center
- Elizabeth Yost, College of William and Mary
Graduate Student News:
- Kristi Stringer has received an NIH dissertation grant with four years of funding through the National Institute of Drug Abuse to study HIV and substance abuse.
- Tuba Demir and Haley Medved Kendrick, participated in summer exchange program with Hacettepe University in Turkey.
- Haley Kendrick has been selected to participate in the 2014 Summer Cancer Research Training Program (SCRTP) sponsored by Morehouse School of Medicine, Tuskegee, and UAB Cancer Partnership.
- Gabriela Oates has been selected for the 2014 CAS Outstanding Graduate Student (Doctoral) award.
- Kristi Stringer has been selected for the 2014 Department of Sociology Outstanding Graduate Student award.
- Lori Bateman, 2014 PhD, is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the UAB School of Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine.
- Ronald Berkowsky, 2014 PhD, is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Unversity of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.
- LaToya O'Neal Coleman, 2014 PhD, has a post-doctoral position at Michigan State University in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media.
- Lynn Gerald, 1997 PhD, who holds the Canyon Ranch Endowed Chair and is Associate Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Arizona has recieved an NIH Lifetime Achievement award.
- Brian Hinote, 2007 PhD, is a tenured Associate Professor in sociology at Middle Tennessee State University and co-editor of Sociological Spectrum.
- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation's leading philanthropy on health and health care, has awarded UAB Medical Sociology, 2007, PhD, graduate Akilah Dulin Keita, Brown University Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, a 24-month grant through the New Connections program. Keita is among a select group of Junior Investigators to receive one of the 24-month grants from New Connections. The grant will allow Keita, who studies health disparities at the Brown Institute for Community Health Promotion, to examine the risk and protective factors for childhood obesity among Southeast Asians.
- Congratulations to Dr. Xuanping Zhang, 2002 PhD, graduate of our program, who is now a Health Scientist at the CDC. His paper on diabetes was cited in the Supreme court decision regarding the Affordable Care Act the week of June 28, 2012. (The article is at Diabetes Care 2008; 31: 1748-1753).