Patricia Drentea. Associate Professor; Director of Graduate Studies
Heritage Hall 460R
(205) 934-2562

Research and Teaching Interests: Aging, Family, Gender

Office Hours: By appointment only

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

I joined UAB in 1999. 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 spend much of my time working on administering the PhD program. There are lots of details that get attended to daily. I also usually teach a class or two each semester. I have always taught in the classroom, but will now begin my first on-line class.

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. I have just completed my first book manuscript on families and aging.

  • SOC 460: Sociology of Work
  • SOC 489: Capstone Course
  • SOC 756: Gender Inequality (graduate)
  • SOC 759: Social Gerontology (graduate)
  • SOC 785: Family and Health (graduate)
  • Patricia Drentea, Beverly R. Williams, Kathryn L. Burgio, F. Amos Bailey, “He’s On His Dying Bed: Next-of-kin’s Experiences of the Dying Body,” Death Studies (forthcoming).
  • Zachary Simoni and Patricia Drentea, “ADHD, Socioeconomic Status, Academic Ethic and Medication Use,” Sociological Focus (forthcoming).
  • 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 (forthcoming). Published online Jan. 6, 2015, DOI: 10.1002/cncr.29206
  • 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. doi:10.1177/2156869314554486
  • Deborah Ejem, Patricia Drentea, Olivio Clay, “The Effects of Caregiver Emotional Stress on the Depressive Symptomology of the Care Recipient,” Aging and Mental Health 19 (No. 1, 2015):55-62. Published online Nov. 14, 2014,
  • Timothy M. Hale, Melinda Goldner, Mike Stern, Patricia Drentea, Shelia R. Cotten, “Patterns of Online Health Searching 2002-2010: Implications for Social Capital, Health Disparities and the De-professionalization of Medical Knowledge,” Research in the Sociology of Health Care 32 (2014):35-60.
  • Juan Xi, Sean-Shong Hwang, Patricia Drentea, "Experiencing a Forced Relocation at Different Life Stages: The Effects of China’s Three-Gorges Project-Induced Relocation on Depression," Society and Mental Health 3 (No. 1, 2013):59-76. Published ahead of print September 2011, DOI 10.1177/2156869312458291.
  • David Buys, Casey Borch, Patricia Drentea, Mark LaGory, Patricia Sawyer, Richard Allman, Richard Kennedy, Julie Locher, "Physical Impairment Predicts Nursing Home Admission for Older Adults in Disadvantaged but not Other Neighborhoods: Results from the UAB Study of Aging," The Gerontologist 53 (No. 4, 2013):641-653. Published ahead of print October 2012, DOI 10.1093/geront/gns118.
  • Melinda Goldner, Timothy M. Hale, Shelia Cotten, Michael Stern, Patricia Drentea, "The Intersection of Gender and Place in Online Health Activities," Journal of Health Communication 18 (No. 10, 2013): 1235-55. DOI 10.1080/10810730.2013.778364.
  • Patricia Drentea and John R. Reynolds, "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 (No. 4, June 2012): 668-90. DOI 10.1177/0898264311431304.
  • The Southern Sociological Society
  • Sociologists for Women in Society
  • American Sociological Association