Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
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Ph.D. Sociology, The Ohio State University, 1999.
M.A. Sociology, The Ohio State University, 1994.
B.A. English, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1989.
Other Positions Held:
Editorial Board Journal of Health and Social Behavior 2010-13.
Advisory Editor: 2011-12. Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health and Society. Gender and Health Section.
Research Associate. Veteran's Affairs of Birmingham, AL BEACON PROJECT, 2011-12.
Research and Teaching Interests: aging, inequality and health, gender and health
Undergraduate Courses Taught: Sociology of Family, Family and Aging, Sociology of Work, Capstone Course-The Research Experience
Graduate Courses Taught: Social Gerontology, Gender Inequality, Family and Health, Graduate Proseminar
Juan Xi, Sean-Shong Hwang and Patricia Drentea. Experienceing a Forced Relocation at Different Life Stages: The Effects of China's Three-Gorges Project-Induced Relocation on Depression. Forthcoming Society and Mental Health.
David Buys, Mark LaGory, Casey Borch, Patricia Drentea, Patricia Sawyer, Richard Allman and Julie Locher. Physical impairment predicts nursing home admission for older adults in disadvantaged but not other Neghborhoods. Forthcoming The Gerontologist.
Melinda Goldner, Timothy M. Hale, Shelia Cotten, Michael Stern and Patricia Drentea. The Intersection of Gender and Place in Online Health Activities. Forthcoming Journal of Health Communication.
Drentea, Patricia and John R. Reynolds. June 2012. "Neither a Borrower nor a Lender Be: The Relative Importance of Debt and SES for Mental Health among Older Adults" Journal of Aging and Health. 24(4): 668-690. DOI 10.1177/0898264311431304
Stern, Michael J., Shelia Cotten and Patricia Drentea. 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. Forthcoming at Journal of Family Issues summer 2012.
Patricia Drentea and Jennifer Moren Cross. 2011. "Online Motherhood: A Community of Mothers Revisited." Pp. 45-59. Mothering Online, edited by Michelle Moravec, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press.
Shelia Cotten, Melinda Goldner, Timothy M. Hale, and Patricia Drentea. 2011. “The Importance of Type, Amount, and Timing of Internet Use for Understanding Psychological Distress.” Social Science Quarterly. 92(1):119-139.
Beverly Williams, Lesa Woodby and Patricia Drentea. 2010 "Ethical Capital: What’s a Poor Man Got to Leave?" Sociology of Health and Illness. 32(6):880-897. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00yz2g2
Timothy M. Hale, Shelia Cotten, Patricia Drentea and Melinda Goldner. 2010 “Rural-Urban Differences in General and Health-Related Internet Usage.” American Behavioral Scientist. 53(9):1304-1325.
Goldner, Melinda and Patricia Drentea. 2009. “Caring for the Disabled: Evaluating Different Theoretical Perspectives in Light of Racial and Ethnic Variations among Families.” Marriage and Family Review: Special Issue: The Family and Disability. 45(5):499-518.
Drentea, Patricia. 2011-12. Co-Investigator. "Intervention to Improve Care at Life's End in VA Medical Centers" (BEACON study). Department of Veterans Affairs. Health Services Research and Develpment (HSR&D) Grant #IIR 03-126. K. Burgio (PI) Birmingham Veteran's Affairs Medical Center BVAMC. $12,118. Role: analyze data from interviews and code emerging themes. 7/1/2005-9/30/2012.
Drentea, Patricia. 2010-11. Community Health Scholoars Pilot Grant Program. Awarded grant to study Debt and Financial Worry in Alahama. $30,000.
Drentea, Patricia. 2008. UAB ADVANCE Senior Faculty Research Award. Debt and Debt Anxiety among Couples Living with Disability. $15,249.
Shelia Cotten and Drentea, Patricia. 2007-8. Faculty Development Program Grant. Awarded grant to study Gender, Internet Usage, and Health: Linkages and Expanding Boundaries. $10,000.