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Heritage Hall 460R
(205) 934-2562

Research and Teaching Interests: Aging, Family, Gender

Office Hours: By appointment

Education:

  • BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MA, The Ohio State University, Sociology
  • PhD, The Ohio State University, Sociology

I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in English. I was gradually moving south, from Minneapolis, MN (home), to graduate school at The Ohio State University, to Birmingham, AL. I have enjoyed my UAB Sociology experience; it is a good job, with great people, in a diverse setting, and a really nice building. I have always taught in the classroom, but also teach online in the professional Applied Sociology MA program as well.

One of my main areas of research investigates how debt affects well-being. My research centers on how inequality affects physical and mental health. I am also interested in family sociology, gender, and aging. My book, Families and Aging (2019), examines how the changing lifestyles and diversity of families of Americans will affect aging in later life. It explores the life course transitions that occur as individuals and families age, and considers how these social trends affect lives and society as a whole. Finally, a great deal of my work has centered on aspects of end-of-life care and caregiving.

  • SOC 460: Sociology of Work
  • SOC 489: Capstone Course
  • SOC 627: Applied Social Psychology
  • SOC 756: Gender Inequality (graduate)
  • SOC 759: Social Gerontology (graduate)
  • SOC 785: Family and Health (graduate)
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  • Patricia Drentea, Heith Copes, and Jessica Valles. 2020. “Hope, Dignity, and Oral Health for Women in Recovery” Contexts. 9(2): 62-64.
  • Fabrice Julien and Patricia Drentea. 2020 “Mental Health Disparities in Children of Caribbean Immigrants: How Ethnic Self-Identification Informs the Association Between Discrimination and Depressive Symptomatology.” Research on the Sociology of Heath and Health Care 38:15-31.
  • Stringer, Kristi Lynn, Phillip Marotta, Elizabeth Baker, Bulent Turan, Mirjam Colette Kempf, Patricia Drentea, Irena Stepanikova, Janet M. Turan. 2019. “Anticipated Substance Use Stigma and ART Adherence among a Drug Using Population in Birmingham, Alabama” AIDS Patient Care and STDs 33(6).
  • Ejem, Deborah B., Shawn Bauldry, Marie Bakitas, and Patricia Drentea. “Caregiver Burden, Care Recipient Depressive Symptomology, and Social Exchange: Does Race Matter?” Journal of Palliative Care 33(2): 100-108.
  • Niranjan, Soumya J., Chao-Hui S. Huang, J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, Karina I Halilova, Maria Pisu, Patricia Drentea, Elizabeth A Kvale, Kerri S Bevis, Thomas W Butler, Edward E Partridge and Gabrielle Rocque. 2018. “Patient Navigators’ Perspectives of Barriers and Facilitators in Initiating Advance Care Planning Conversations with Older Cancer Patients” Journal of Palliative Care 33(2): 70-78.
  • Ejem, Deborah B., Shawn Bauldry, Marie Bakitas, and Patricia Drentea. 2018. “Caregiver Burden, Care Recipient Depressive Symptomology, and Social Exchange: Does Race Matter?” Journal of Palliative Care 33(2): 100-108.
  • Niranjan, Soumya J., Chao-Hui S. Huang, J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, Karina I Halilova, Maria Pisu, Patricia Drentea, Elizabeth A Kvale, Kerri S Bevis, Thomas W Butler, Edward E Partridge and Gabrielle Rocque. 2018. “Patient Navigators’ Perspectives of Barriers and Facilitators in Initiating Advance Care Planning Conversations with Older Cancer Patients” Journal of Palliative Care 33(2): 70-78.
  • William C. Cockerham, Bryant W. Hamby, Shawn Bauldry, and Patricia Drentea, “Changing Patterns of Female Smoking: A Comparison of Workers and Full-Time Homemakers by Class, Race, and Community Type,” Research in the Sociology of Health Care 35 (2017):279-99.
  • Maria Pisu, Kelly Kenzic, Robert Oster, Patricia Drentea, Kimlin Ashing, Mona Fouad, Michelle Martin, “Economic Hardship of Minority and Non-minority Cancer Survivors One Year after Diagnosis: Another Long Term Effect of Cancer?,” CANCER 121 (No. 8, 2015):1257-64.
  • Patricia Drentea and John R. Reynolds, “Where Does Debt Fit in the Stress Process Model?,” Society and Mental Health 51 (No. 1, 2015):16-32.
  • The Southern Sociological Society
  • Sociologists for Women in Society
  • American Sociological Association