Heritage Hall 460Q
Research Interests: Religion and HIV/AIDS, Health Inequalities, Minority Health, Mental and Behavioral Health, Epilepsy, Health-related Quality of Life
Teaching Interests: Medical Sociology, Sociology of Mental Health, Minority Health, Religion and Health, Global Health, Health Systems, HIV/AIDS, Social Change, Global Sociology
Office Hours: By appointment
- BA, University of Michigan
- MA, University of Michigan
- PhD, University of Cincinnati
- Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Policy and Outcomes Research, University of Cincinnati
Magdalena Szaflarski has held teaching and research positions in sociology, public health, and medicine for over a decade. Her passion and career goal is addressing the health needs of vulnerable populations — the economically disadvantaged, minorities, stigmatized, and/or chronically-ill. She advances this goal through transdisciplinary research, education, and community engagement.
Dr. Szaflarski has expertise in quantitative and applied research methods; she has published studies in health, medical, and social science journals on topics ranging from racial disparities in HIV/AIDS to quality of life in epilepsy and mental disorders. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, state agencies, and private foundations. She has published expert reviews and served on national and international scientific review panels. She has unique cross-disciplinary expertise and career insights to share with graduate students in medical sociology.
Dr. Szaflarski’s other passion is teaching about global social issues — political, economic, cultural, and health-related. Before her doctoral studies in sociology, Dr. Szaflarski studied languages and international politics. She lived in Germany and travelled in Europe during a transformative period marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the collapse of the Soviet bloc, Germany’s reunification, and Eastern Europe’s democratic and market transitions. She continues to regularly visit Europe and has also travelled in Asia. Dr. Szaflarski brings her broad and diverse experiences and knowledge into the classroom and encourages lively exchange of ideas from global and sociological perspectives.
- Social Change
- Global and International Sociology
- Sociology of Health and Illness
- Sociology of Mental Health
- Sociology of Mental Health
- Contemporary Sociological Theory
- Global Health
- Religion and Health
- Magdalena Szaflarski, Lisa A. Cubbins, Shawn Bauldry, Karthikeyan Meganathan, Daniel H. Klepinger, and Eugene Somoza, “Major Depressive Disorder and Dysthymia at the Intersection of Nativity and Racial-Ethnic Origins,” Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health (Oct. 5, 2015, Epub ahead of print). DOI: 10.1007/s10903-015-0293-y.
- Magdalena Szaflarski, Lisa M. Vaughn, Daniel McLinden, Yolanda Wess, and Andrew Ruffner, “Using Concept Mapping to Mobilize a Black Faith Community to Address HIV,” International Public Health Journal 7 (No. 1, 2015):117-30.
- Magdalena Szaflarski, “The Social Determinants of Health in Epilepsy,” Epilepsy and Behavior 41 (2014):283-89.
- Magdalena Szaflarski and Lisa M. Vaughn, “Deconstructing and Addressing Health Disparities to Build Health Equity,” in Critical Health Psychology, Michael Murray, ed. (2nd ed., New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 87-107.
- Magdalena Szaflarski, Lisa M. Vaughn, Camisha Chambers, Mamie Harris, Andrew Ruffner, Yolanda Wess, LaSharon Mosley, Chandra Smith, “Engaging Religious Institutions to Address Racial Disparities in HIV/AIDS: A Case of Academic -Community Partnership,” International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement 1 (No. 2, 2014):95-114.
- Magdalena Szaflarski, “Spirituality and Religion among HIV-Infected Individuals,” Current HIV/AIDS Reports 10 (No. 4, 2013):324-32.
- Magdalena Szaflarski, P. Neal Ritchey, C. Jeffrey Jacobson, Rhys H. Williams, Amy Baumann Grau, Karthikeyan Meganathan, Christopher G. Ellison, Joel Tsevat, “Faith-Based HIV Prevention and Counseling Programs: Findings from the Cincinnati Census of Religious Congregations," AIDS and Behavior 17 (No. 5, 2013):1839-54.
- Magdalena Szaflarski, Ian Kudel, Sian Cotton, Anthony C. Leonard, Joel Tsevat, P. Neal Ritchey, “Multidimensional Assessment of Spirituality/Religion in Patients with HIV/AIDS: Conceptual Framework and Empirical Refinement,” Journal of Religion and Health 51 (No. 4, 2012):1239-60.
- Magdalena Szaflarski, Lisa A. Cubbins, Jun Ying, “Epidemiology of Alcohol Abuse among US Immigrant Populations,” Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 13 (No. 4, 2011):647-58.
- Voluntary Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
- Scientist, UAB Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)
- Scholar & Mentor, UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health
- Mentor, UAB Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE)
- Engaged Scholar Fellowship, Hartford Institute for Religion Research/Lilly Endowment, Inc.
- American Sociological Association (ASA)
- International Sociological Association (ISA)
- Southern Sociological Society (SSS)
- Szaflarski, Magdalena. Engaged Scholarship Fellow. "Congregations' Responses to Community Health Needs." Hartford Institute for Religion Research/Lilly Endowment, Inc., 2014-2015. ($20,000)
- Magdalena Szaflarski, Co-Investigator. "Behavioral and Social Factors Impact Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Obesity in HIV-infected Women." (PI: Willig). Mid-South Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research, 2013-2015. ($100,000)
- Magdalena Szaflarski, Academic PI. “Engaging Black Churches in HIV Prevention Efforts in High-Risk Cincinnati Neighborhoods.” Community Health Grant, Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST), University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center, 2012-2013. ($18,000)
- Magdalena Szaflarski, Co-Investigator/Local PI. “Immigration Effects on Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Treatment Gaps.” (R01; PI: Cubbins), National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2009-2012. ($158,951)
- Magdalena Szaflarski, Principal Investigator. “Religious Organizations’ Responses to HIV/AIDS.” (R21). National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 2007-2010. ($425,100)
- Magdalena Szaflarski, Principal Investigator. “Religious Organizations’ Responses to HIV/AIDS” — ARRA Summer Student Internship Supplement. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 2009. ($11,874)
- Magdalena Szaflarski, Consultant. “Socioeconomic Status and Functional Outcome after Stroke.” (K23; PI: Kleindorfer), National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, 2006-2011.
- Magdalena Szaflarski, Collaborator. “Spirituality and Will to Live in Patients with HIV/AIDS.” (R01; PI: Tsevat), National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health, 2004-2008.