Post-Graduate, Veterans Hospital and Boston University, School of Public Health, 1998-2000.
Ph.D., Sociology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., 1997
M.S., Sociology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., 1991
B.A. Primary Major: Sociology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1987
Research and Teaching Interests: Research Methodology, Survey Research, Social Impacts of Technology, Medical Sociology, Statistics, Cyberculture, Mental Health, Social Support, Health Informatics, Social Psychology.
Undergraduate Courses Taught: Social Impacts of Technology, Social Media, Sociology of Mental Health.
Graduate Courses Taught: Survey Research Methods, Sociology of Mental Health, Sociology of Mental Health, Social Impacts of Information and Communication Technologie
Goldner, Melinda, Timothy M. Hale, Shelia R. Cotten, Michael Stern, and Patricia Drentea. Forthcoming. "the Intersection of Gender and Place in Online Health Activities." Journal of Health Communication.
Vicki Winstead, Elizabeth Yost, Shelia R. Cotten, William Anderson, Amanda Warr, and Ronald Berkowsky. In Press. "You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks: A Qualitatige Analysis of How Residents of Senior Living Communities May Use the Web to Overcome Spatial and Social Barriers." Journal of Applied Gerontology.
Reynol Junco and Shelia R. Cotten. In Press. "No A 4 U: the Relationship Between Multitasking and Academic Performance." Computers and Education.
Michael Stern, Shelia R. Cotten, and Patricia Drentea. In Press. "The Separate Spheres of Online Health Information Searching: The Influence of Gender and Parenting on Behaviors and Feelings about Searching for Health Information on the Web." Journal of Family Issues.
Shelia R. Cotten, George Ford, Sherry Ford, and Timothy M. Hale. 2012. "Internet Use and Depression Among Older Adults." Computers in Human Behavior 28:496-499.
Mark Warschauer, Shelia R. Cotten, and Morgan Ames. 2012. "One Laptop Per Child Birmingham: Case Study fo a Radical Experiment." International Journal of Learning and Media.
Shelia R. Cotten, Timothy M. Hale, Michael Howell-Moroney, LaToya O'Neal, and Casey Borch. 2011. "Using Affordable Technology to Decrease Digital Inequality: Results from Birmingham's One Laptop Per Child XO Laptop Project." Information Communication, and Society, 14: 424-444.
Shelia R. Cotten, Melinda Goldner, Timothy Hale, and Patricia Drentea. 2011. "The Importance of Type, Amount, and Timing of Internet Use for Understanding Psychological Distress." Social Science Quarterly, 92: 119-139.
Shelia R. Cotten, Brandi McCullough, and Rebecca Adams. 2011. "Technological Influences on Social Ties Across the Lifespan. Pp. 647-671 in Handbook of Lifespan Psychology (Eds. Karen Fingerman, Cynthia Berg, Toni Antonucci, and Jacqui Smith)." Dordrecht: Springer.
Reynol Junco and Shelia R. Cotten. 2011. "Academic Effects of Instant Messaging Use."Journal of Computers & Education, 56: 370-378, doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2010.08.020.
Elizabeth Yost, Donna Handley, Shelia R. Cotten, and Vicki Winstead. 2010. Understanding the Links between Mentoring and Self-Efficacy in the New Generation of Women STEM Scholoars Pp. 97-117 in Women and Science, Engineering and Technology: Education and Career Challenges (Eds. Aileen Carter-Steel and Emily Cater), Hershey, PA: IGI Global Publishers.
Timothy Hale, Shelia R. Cotten, Patricia Drentea, and Melinda Goldner. 2010. Rural-Urban Differences in Online Health Information Seeking. American Behavioral Scientist, 53: 1304-1325.
Supplement Proposal for: Integrating Computing Across the Curriculum (ICAC): Making Modern STEM Education Accessible and Incorporated Using XO Laptops. Shelia R. Cotten (PI), Jeff Gray, Mike Wyss, Michael Howell-Moroney, Dave Radford, Shani Daily, Julian Daily. National Science Foundation. 2010-2014 ($372,035).
Using ICTs to Enhance Quality of Life Among Older Adults: An Intervention Study. Shelia R. Cotten (PI), Tom Houston, Eta Berner, Joshua Richman, Karlene Ball, Mark LaGory. National Institute on Aging. 2009-2013 ($1,875,403).
Integrating Computing Across the Curriculum (ICAC): Making Modern STEM Education Accessible and Incorporated Using XO Laptops. Shelia R. Cotten (PI), Jeff Gray, Mike Wyss, Michael Howell-Moroney, Dave Radford, Shani Daily, Julian Daily. National Science Foundation. 2009-2014 ($2,417,186).
"Ride Safe" – Reducing Motorcycle Traffic Accidents and Resulting Injuries by Examining How Information on Safety and Health is Shared in an Online Motorcycle Community. Shelia R. Cotten (PI), Virginia Sisiopiku, Tim Hale. UAB/SOPH Community Health Scholars Pilot Grant Program. 2009-2011 ($30,000).
Assessing the Educational, Career, and Social Impacts of the XO Laptop Program in Birmingham, AL City Schools. Shelia R. Cotten (PI), Scott Snyder, Casey Borch, Michael Howell-Moroney, Betty Nelson. National Science Foundation. 2008-2010 ($200,000).
Assessing the Educational, Career, and Social Impacts of the XO Laptop Program in Birmingham, AL City Schools. Shelia R. Cotten (PI), Scott Snyder, Casey Borch, Betty Nelson. UAB/NSF ADVANCE Senior Faculty Research Program. 2008-2009 ($20,000).
Shelia Cotten, Ph.D.