Carey Leigh Usher, PhD, 2001

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Dr. Usher is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, where she teaches Research Methods, Social Science Statistics, Community and Urban Sociology, Medical Sociology, Death and Dying, Social Problems, Community Service and Society, and General Sociology. Her current research examines the effects of social capital and community investment on various health-related issues. She is particularly interested in how social capital impacts those living in high poverty areas.

Her community service includes work with Habitat for Humanity, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, the Staunton City Council as a member of the Landscape Advisory Board, and the Virginia Cooperative Extension as a Master Gardener. Her service to these organizations involves building resident investment in and appreciation of community environment and greenspace.