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Graduate Students

In the Department of Sociology of Case Western Reserve University, students are able to pursue graduate education in an environment in which both faculty and fellow students share interest in the sociology of aging and the life course, and in medical sociology. Our department provides unique opportunities for early professional socialization and meaningful hands-on involvement in research projects. Students are viewed as junior colleagues, collaborating with faculty members and conducting independent research. Please feel free to ask questions you may have about any of us, our research areas, our program, or CWRU.

Luma Al Masarweh Robert Peterson
Casey Albitz Brian Polk
Dawn Aliberti Bradley Powell
Kaitlyn Barnes Holly Renzhofer
Danielle Bernat Brian Ritter
Tirth Bhatta Paulette Sage
Sherri Brown Christine Schneider
Anne Bryden Casey Schroeder
Cory Cronin Sarah Shick
Michael Flatt Rebecca Siders
Timothy Goler Michael Slone
Greg Graham Alicia Smith
Rachel Hammel Stephen Steh
Wenxuan Huang Mary Ellen Stone
Sara Kennedy Delia Su
Marcie Lambrix Maggie Waltz
Kelly Melvin Minzhi Ye
Relebohile Nthati Katiso Morojele Jiao Yu
Elizabeth Nalepa  

Luma Al Masarweh

luma.almasarweh@case.edu

Education
B.S., Public Health with an emphasis in Epidemiology and a minor in Sociology, Brigham Young University

M.S., Sociology Brigham Young University

Research Interests
Medical Sociology, Social determinants of health, health care services, inequalities and disparities in access to care

Employment
Research Assistant to Dr. Dale Dannefer

Research Assistant to Dr. Jennifer Karas Montez

Personal interests/achievements
Spending time with family and friends, photography, cooking and reading books both in Arabic and English, playing tennis, swimming, an avid movie fan and world traveler

Publications

Ward, C., Johnson, C., Gaither, T., Morlan, T. and Al Masarweh, Luma (2013). "The Experiences of Rural American Indian Women Veterans with Accessing Health Care in Two Montana Reservation Communities Technical Report" (submitted to Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Rural Health, Veterans Rural Health Resource Center, Western Region, Salt Lake City, Utah)

 

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Casey Albitz

casey.albitz@case.edu

Education
B.A., Sociology, Case Western Reserve University

B.A., Psychology, Case Western Reserve University

Research Interests
Medical sociology; social inequalities and intersectionalities; youth and adolescent development; health disparities

Employment
Research Assistant to Dr. Sue Hinze

Research Assistant to Dr. Gary Deimling

Teaching Assistant to Dr. Sue Hinze

Graduate Resident Mentor for Residence Life at Case Western Reserve University

Personal interests/achievements
Volleyball; Reading; Documentary Viewing; Volunteering and Community Service Work; Weekend Roadtrips; Arts and Crafts; Meeting New People

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Dawn Aliberti

dma10@case.edu

Education
A.A.B., Applied Business, Lakeland Community College
B.A and M.A., Sociology, Cleveland State University

Research Interests
Medical sociology (including sociology of disability); aging; sociology of the family; human rights and criminology

Employment
I am currently enjoying being an adjunct faculty member at several local colleges and universities.

Personal interests/achievements
Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award, 2006 (Tri-C Eastern Campus)

Publications
Hinze, Susan W. and Aliberti, Dawn (2005) "The Feminization of Poverty: A Global Perspective." Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, edited by George Ritzer.

Gran, Brian and Aliberti, Dawn (2003) "The office of the children's ombudsperson: children's rights and social-policy innovation" Volume 31, Issue 2, June 2003, Pages 89-106.

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Kaitlyn Barnes

kaitlyn.barnes@case.edu

Education
B.A., Sociology, Premed Concentration, College of the Holy Cross

Research Interests
Medical sociology, aging and the life course, men and masculinities, diabetes

Employment
Research assistant for Professor Eva Kahana and Professor Jessica Kelley-Moore

Personal interests/achievements
I enjoy watching all types of sports, especially football (Go Giants!), running, field hockey, and volunteer work

Publications
Thompson Jr., Edward H. and Kaitlyn Barnes. (2012). "The Meaning of Sexual Performance among Men with and without Erectile Dysfunction." Psychology of Men and Masculinity. [Epubahead of print] doi: 10.1037/a0029104

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Danielle Bernat

danielle.bernat@case.edu

Education
B.A., Health Communication and Political Science, Ohio University

Began studying for an M.A., Health Communication, Kent State University and transitioned to her current studies as a graduate student in sociology here at CWRU.

Research Interests
Medical sociology, health communication, the genderization of illness, sociology of mental health, familial interaction and eating disorder research, the social construction of disease (cancer & mental health focus)

Employment
I am currently enjoying a research assistantship with Dr. Dale Dannefer and Dr. Mary Erdmans for the 2012-2013 academic year. Previous to starting my Ph.D. program at Case Western I taught several communication courses at Kent State Univeristy

Personal interests/achievements
Golden Key International Honor Society Recipient, Social & Mentoring Chair for Communication Student Graduate Association, Member of the Pi Kappa Delta National Speech & Debate Fraternity, Ohio University Speech & Debate Team (Four Year Member, Coach, & Recruiter), National & Ohio Dean’s List Every Quarter of Enrollment at Ohio University, National & State Champion in Persuasive Speaking 2007 & 2009, and 2007 & 2009 National Interstate Persuasion Publications

As a previous member of the Ohio University speech and debate team I still enjoy coaching and remaining involved in the activity as much as I can still be. Personally I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my King Charles Cavalier Spaniel (Professor Moriarty) and writing short stories.

Publications
Bernat, D. N., Cline, R. W. J., Chung, J. E., Sabo, J. D. Hernandez, T., Berry-Bobovski, L., Schwartz, A. G. (2012, April) Applying the Extended Parallel Process Model to Health Screening Behavior in a Slow-Motion Technological Disaster. Accepted as an oral presentation for the semi-annual Kentucky Health Communication National Conference. Lexington, KY.

Bernat D. N. (2011, October). “You can’t handle the truth!”: A Burkean paradigm on the power motivation in persuasive campaigns. Presented on a panel titled: The Good Fight: Educating Students about Major Business Institutions, Corporate Social Responsibility, Persuasive Media Campaigns, and Global Activism, at the Ohio Communication Association annual conference. Findlay, OH.

Bernat, D. N. (2009, April). Silently Starving: A Call for Eating Disorder Insurance Coverage. Presented at the annual Interstate Oratorical Association. Oxford, MS.

Bernat, D. N. (2007, April). Beauty Looks Thin: The Media’s Role in Eating Disorder Onset. Presented at the annual Interstate Oratorical Association. Santa Fe, NM

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Tirth Bhatta

trb66@case.edu

Education
M.GS., Master of Gerontological Studies, Miami University, 2010
M.Sc., Statistics, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 2004
B.Sc., Statistics, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 2002

Research Interests
Medical Sociology; Social Epidemiology; Research Methods; Demography; Aging (Socio-economic determinants of health and its pathways, Life course perspective, Longitudinal data analysis, Survival analysis/ hazard modeling, Life table calculation, Missing Data Imputation, Interface of Frequentist and Bayesian methods).

Employment
Research Assistant: Dr. Jessica Kelly-Moore
Research Assistant: Dr. David Warner
Graduate Assistant: Dr. Suzanne Kunkel (2008-2010)
Graduate Assistant/ Managing Deputy Editor of Teaching Sociology: Dr. Glenn Muschert (2008-2010)
Research Intern: The Oxford Institute of Ageing, University of Oxford, UK (2009)
Bio-Statistician: Nepalgunj Medical College, Nepal (2007-2008)

Personal interests/achievements
I like to listen to soft music which I use as a tool to relieve my stress. I am a sports lover but am not familiar with American sports. Sometimes, I spend my leisure time watching comedy movies. I also spend my leisure time browsing world news. My main personal interest is on reading books and articles related to spirituality and philosophy. I love contemplating on meaning of life, especially the later life.

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Sherri Brown

sherri.brown@case.edu

Education
M.S., Family and Consumer Sciences, Eastern Illinois University
B.S., Home Economics, Western Illinois University

Research Interests
My research interests are comprised of examining adulthood and aging among men, elderly caregiving, and stress and coping using a sociocultural contextual perspective.

Employment
I am currently working as research assistant for Department Chair, Dr. Dale Dannefer, and Dr. Gary Deimling at the Cancer Survivors Research Project.

Personal interests/achievements
My personal interests include spending time with family and friends, movies, reading books and watching documentaries on African American issues, music, playing Scrabble, bead jewelry making (currently, at a basic level), power walking, and traveling.

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Cory Cronin

cxc517@case.edu

Education
B.S., Health Services Administration, Ohio University
Master of Health Administration, Xavier University

Research Interests
Medical Sociology; health care services and policy; disparities in access to care

Employment
Research Assistant to Dr. Eva Kahana, Dr. Gary Deimling, and Dr. Tim Black

Personal interests/achievements
The history of health and health care; technology

 

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Michael Flatt

maf34@case.edu

Education
B.A., Sociology, Cleveland State University
M.A., Sociology, Cleveland State University

Research Interests
Gender; sexuality; inequality in health care and education; issues of race and social class

Employment
R.A. for Brian Gran, working on the Children's Right Index
R.A. for Sue Hinze, work includes a qualitative look at married physicians and the gaming phenomena among college students.

Also recently employed by:
Cuyahoga Community College: Adjunct Sociology Faculty Case Western Bioethics Dept: R.A. under P.I., Laura Siminoff, on a study on tissue donation.

Personal interests/achievements
Personal interests include working with the NE Ohio chapter of GLSEN-- Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, which works to ensure safe schools for everyone by promoting awareness and offering training on dealing with discrimination relating to sexuality and gender identity issues in Ohio schools.

Crowning achievement would be the fact that I have seen Madonna live in concert over 30 times in 3 countries and 2 continents. Avid Madonna fan (some say fanatic) for over 20 years.

Publications
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Timothy Goler

timothy.goler@case.edu

Education
Masters of Urban Planning, Design and Development

Concentration: Housing and Neighborhood Development

Cleveland State University

Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

 

Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies

Concentration: Early Childhood Education, Minor: History

Norfolk State University

Research Interests
Public Policy, Education, Children, African American Culture & Mental Health

Employment
R.A. for Dr. Jessica Kelley-Moore and Dr. Susan Hinze

Personal interests/achievements
Chess, traveling, family and community

Men with a Mission Club, PHARAOH News Magazine, Health Issue, 2003

Unsung Community Hero, Cleveland Life Magazine, 1999

40/40 Club Kaleidoscope Magazine, 1999

Cleveland State University, the Levin College of Urban Affairs, Wallace G. Teare Prize, 1998


Publications
Goler, Timothy, McShepard and Batson (2008) How Anti-Educational Messages in the Media, at Home, & on the Street Hold Back African-American Youth, PolicyBridge Report

 

Goler, Timothy, McShepard and Batson (2008) Untapped Potential: African-American Males in Northeast Ohio, PolicyBridge Report

 

 

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Greg Graham

gxg27@cwru.edu

Education
B.A., Communication, Cleveland State University
M.A, Sociology, Case Western Reserve University

Research Interests
Research methodology as applied to nursing research and the social sciences; Gerontology; healthcare disparities; developing a scale of quality of care in a long-term care setting; quality of fit between a resident and the constellation of long-term care options; public policy and the aged

Employment
Currently a Lecturer in Research Methodologies in the School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University

Personal interests/achievements
Travel & cooking

Publications

Siminoff, L., Graham, G., Gordon, N. (January 2005) Breast Cancer and Patient Care: Demographic Differences. Oral presentation at American PsychoOncology Society annual meeting.

Siminoff, L., Graham, G., Gordon, N. (2006) Cancer Communication Patterns and the Influence of Patient Characteristics: Disparities in Information-giving and Affective Behaviors. Patient Education and Counseling. Patient Educ Couns, 62(3):355-60.

Zhang, X., Hans, M., Graham, G., Kircher, H.L., and Redline, S. (2007) Correlations Between Cephalometric and Facial Photographic Measurements of Craniofacial Form. American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Vol. 131, No.1:67-71.

Siminoff, L., Mercer M.B., Graham G., Burant, C. (2007) The Reasons Families Donate Organs for Transplantation: Implications for Policy and Practice; The Journal of Trauma, Injury, Infection and Critical Care , 62:4.

Faculty Webpage
http://fpb.case.edu/Faculty/Graham.shtm

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Rachel Hammel

rjh31@case.edu

Education
M.P.A., University of Akron, 2005
B.A., Sociology, University of Akron, 1998

Research Interests
Medical sociology; life course

Employment
Research assistant to Eva Kahana at the Elderly Care Research Center

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Wenxuan "Cherry" Huang

wxh200@case.edu

Education
B.A., Journalism/Economics, Xiamen University, 2010

Master of Gerontological Study, Miami University, 2013

Research Interests
Aging theory and aging population

Employment
Graduate Assistant at Miami University (2011-2013)

 

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Sara Kennedy

sek67@case.edu

Education
B.A. Psychology, Indiana University, 2005
M.A. Sociological Practice, Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, 2009

Research Interest
Mental Health; Criminology; Family and Gender

Employment
Research and Teaching Assistant for Dr. David Warner and Dr. Susan Hinze

Personal interests/achievements
Reading, music, movies, spending time with friends and family

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Marcie Lambrix

mal31@case.edu

Education
M.A. Sociology, Cleveland State University, 2002
B.A. Sociology, Cleveland State University, 2000


Research Interest
Medical Sociology; anti-aging therapies; medicine and consumerism; end of life decision making; research methods


Employment
2010-Present
Project Manager, Personalized Genomic Medicine Project
Department of Bioethics, Case Western Reserve University

2006-2010
Anti-Aging Project Coordinator,
Department of Bioethics, Case Western Reserve University

2002-2006
University Memory and Aging Center, Caregiving Research Program Manager, Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals


Recent Publications
McGowan, M., Fishman, J. and Lambrix, M. (2010). Personal genomics and individual identities: motivations and moral imperatives of early users. New Genetics and Society, 29 (3) 261 - 290.

Settersten, R. A., Jr., Fishman, J. R., Lambrix, M. A., Flatt, M. A., & Binstock, R. H. (2009). “The salience of language in probing public attitudes about life extension”. The American Journal of Bioethics, 9 (12), 81–82.

McGowan, Michelle L. and Marcie A. Lambrix. (2009). “Are Social Networkers and Genome Testers One in the Same?: The Limitations of Public Opinion Research for Guiding Clinical Practice”.The American Journal of Bioethics,9 (6-7), 21-23.

Fishman, Jennifer R., Robert H. Binstock and Marcie A. Lambrix. (2008) “Anti-Aging Science: The Emergence, Maintenance, and Enhancement of a Discipline”Journal of Aging Studies22: 295-303.abstract

Kathleen A. Smyth, Julia H. Rose, McKee J. McClendon, and Marcie A. Lambrix (2007). “Relationships Among Caregivers' Demographic Characteristics, Social Support Ratings, and Expectations of Computer-Mediated Support Groups.”Journal of Applied Gerontology,26: 58 - 77.

Awards
Recipient of 2011 Brocher Foundation Visiting Researchers Scholarship

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Kelly Melvin

kmm193@case.edu

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Relebohile Nthati Katiso Morojele

rxm391@case.edu

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Elizabeth Nalepa

elizabeth.nalepa@case.edu

Education

B.S. in Mathematics, B.A. in French, Ohio University

M.A. in Sociology, University of Virginia

Research Interests
Race and ethnicity; medical access; aging ethnic communities

Employment

Currently enjoying being an adjunct faculty member at Youngstown State University

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Robert Peterson

robert.peterson@case.edu

Education

Ph.D., Medical Sociology, Case Western Reserve University, 2014

M.A., Sociology, Case Western Reserve University, 2008

B.A., Sociology, Morehouse College, Atlanta Georgia, 2005

Research Interests
Sociology of Health and Illness; HIV/AIDS; Race, Class, and Gender; Masculinities and Sexuality; Men's Health; Social and Healthy Policy

Employment

Post Doctoral Research Fellow at Morehouse College

Morehouse-Wide Initiative for Sustainable Energy/Scientific Weatherization Education Research and Training program (M-WISE/SWERT)

Adjunct Instructor at Morehouse College

Program Manager for the Faces of Manhood Initiative at Morehouse College

Personal interests/achievements

Robert was recognized as one of four Sociology students in the nation, to be funded by the American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program. His interest in medical sociology developed as he became cognizant of the deleterious health outcomes and inequities among disenfranchised groups such as the poor, as well as racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities.

 

In addition to receiving the 2007 Ruth Barber Moon Award for Academic Excellence and Promise at Case Western Reserve University, Robert’s article on HIV disclosure titled: “When Secrets Hurt: HIV Disclosure and the Stress Paradigm” is currently part of the edited volume Black Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies edited by Juan Battle and Sandra L. Barnes and published by Rutgers University Press.

 

Robert anticipates his career trajectory will be intricately tied to academia, the community, and policy-directed organizations. After completing the Ph.D. program, Robert expects to use his medical sociological research skills to work with organizations including the World Health Organization; Center for Disease Control and Prevention; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; or the Black AIDS Institute.

 

Robert finds solace in the kitchen cooking (and eating it too), traveling, community involvement, watching cable news programs  (socio-political news junky) and socializing with his family, friends and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. brothers. Although social, Robert is a fairly private individual and not truly a fan of Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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Brian Kelly Polk

brian.polk@case.edu

Education
B.A., Sociology, Hiram College, 2011

Research Interests
Medical Sociology; Sociology of Mental Health (Depression and Anxiety); Sociology of Happiness and Well-Being; Social Theory

Employment
Research Assistant to Dr. Brian Gran and Dr. Timothy Black

Personal interests/achievements:

Brian received Department Honors in Sociology at Hiram College in 2011. He enjoys music, meditation, film, marital arts (Aikido).

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Bradley Powell

bradley.powell@case.edu

Education
B.A., Sociology, Columbia University

Research Interests
Life course; Marxist sociology; race/class/gender; criminology

Employment
Research Assistant to Dr. Brian Gran and Dr. Mary Erdmans

C0-Instructor SOCI 204 - Criminology, Fall 2012

Publications/Presentations

Powell, B. "The Risk of Inaction: correlating bullying with youth suicide across nations."

International Sociological Association’s World Forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 2012.

 

Powell, B.  “Understanding the Stress Experience of LGBT Bullying.” 

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, August 2012.

 

Powell, B.  “The “coming out” process: an essential component of the LGBT life course.” 

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, August 2012.

 

Powell, B.  "Seeking the Same: Examining Homophily Patterns in Online Mating.”

Eastern Sociological Society Annual Conference, March 2011.

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Holly Renzhofer

htr9@case.edu

Education
M.A., Sociology, University of Toledo
B.S.W., Social Work, University of Toledo

Research Interests
Medical Sociology. I am particularly interested in medicalization, chronic issues, disabilities, and mental health.

Employment
I am currently a research assistant working under Professors Gary Deimling and Brian Gran. I was previously employed by Owens Community College as an adjunct faculty member.

Personal interests/achievements
I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, horses and dog. I also like to spend time outside and traveling.

Publications
Review of Mintz, Susannah B. (2007) Unruly Bodies: Life Writing by Women with Disabilities, The University of North Carolina Press,Disability and Society,Vol. 24. No. 4, p. 534-535.

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Brian Ritter

brian.ritter@case.edu

Education
B.A., Sociology, Edgewood College, 2011

Research Interests
Urban sociology (history of urban development, deindustrialization & urban renewal); inequality; research methods; ethnographic field research; inequality and economic systems

Employment
Research assistant to Dr. Timothy Black and Dr. Mary Erdmans

Personal interests/achievements
Brian was a 4-time presenter at the Midwest Sociological Society conferences (2012-2013). He enjoys playing guitar, bicycling, cooking and music.

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Paulette Sage

 

pas11@case.edu

Education
M.A. Sociology, Cleveland State University
B.S. Education, University of Akron
Certificate in Paralegal Studies, Lakeland Community College

Research Interests
Medical sociology; aging and the life course

Research Experience
Paulette is a Senior Research Assistant and field interviewer for the Cancer Survivors Research Project. Prior to starting graduate work, Paulette worked in market research for over 20 years, including some time as a private contractor in marketing research with several health care providers, such as the Cleveland Clinic, Humility of Mary, and Sisters of St. Francis Health System.

Personal interests/achievements
Golfing, canoeing, cross country and downhill skiing, and spending time with family and friends.

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Christine Schneider

cms80@case.edu

Education
B.A., Sociology, Baldwin-Wallace College

Research Interests
The commodification/medicalization of the male body; gender differences in mental health; social inequalities within the medical profession

Employment
Research Assistant for various faculty members at Case Western
Research Assistant for the VA Medical Center in Wade Park on the “Joint Replacement Utilization Disparity: The Role Of Communication” study

Personal interests/achievements
I would like to study the Hispanic, in conjunction with African American and white populations to study factors regarding patient-physician relationships that perpetuate social inequalities. In my free time I like to golf and fish the nearby rivers

Recent Publications
The NSA and privacy, in addition to the USPS and privacy encyclopedia entries

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Casey Schroeder

cms51@case.edu

Education
B.A. in Sociology, Maryville University-St. Louis, 2002
M.A. in Sociology, Case Western Reserve University, 2005

Research Interests
Doctor-patient communication about STI prevention

Employment
Standardized Patient Trainer/Coordinator at the Mt. Sinai Skills and Simulation Center (MSSSC), which is part of CWRU School of Medicine

Personal interests/achievements
Women's rights, volunteer work at women's clinics, reading, and walking my dogs

Recent Publications
Dannefer, D., and Miklowski, C. (2006). Developments in the life course. In (J.A. Vincent, C. Phillipson, and M. Downs, Eds.).The Futures of Old Age, pp. 32-42. Sage Publications: Thousand Oaks, CA.
Schroeder, C., & Gran, B. (Feb 2005).Abortion, motherhood, and mental health: Medicalizing reproduction in the United States and Britain. (Book Review). Journal of Marriage and Family 67 (1): 263-265.

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Sarah Shick

sarah.shick@case.edu


 

Rebecca Siders

ras71@case.edu

Education
M.A., Sociology, Case Western Reserve University, 2008
B.S., Human Development and Family Studies, Minor in Gerontology, Pennsylvania State University, 2005

Research Interest
I'm interested in aging and the life course; institutional care, specifically, long-term care retirement communities (including Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, and Alzheimer's Special Care Units); globalization, particularly how its processes affect global health (e.g. transnational migration of global care workers) and its role in redefining what care is and how it is delivered among vulnerable populations; I'm also interested in medical sociology, especially health inequality and the social institutions and social policies that create and sustain inequalities over the life course.

Employment
Research Assistant/Assistant Project Coordinator
"Learning from Those Who Know," Nursing Home Project (Mentor: Dale Dannefer)

Personal Trainer/Senior Fitness Trainer
Alliance Rehab, Erie, PA

Personal interests/achievements
I enjoy traveling to visit family and friends, camping, hiking, and cycling. I have a goal to try and learn a new sport and/or sport activity every year. This past year I began cycling, yoga, and cardio kick boxing. My new goal for this upcoming year is rock climbing and to do at least ONE cycling charity race. I am a Pittsburgh Steelers fan and an annual subscriber/supporter of the Pittsburgh Ballet. Music, sports/exercise, dance, and art are all ways that I enjoy my "free" time and forms of relaxation.

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Michael Slone

michael.slone@case.edu

Education
B.S., Education, Bowling Green State University

M.A., Economics and Social Development of Regions, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Research Interest
Development (Urban Sociology and Inequality); Labor and Labor Movements; Research Methods; and Theory

Employment
Research and Teaching Assistant to Dr. Timothy Black

Research Assistant to Dr. Mary Erdmans

 

Adjunct Instructor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (Division of Online and Continuing Education)

Personal interests/achievements
Running, the outdoors, sports, 19th century Russian literature, and family

 

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Alicia Smith

alicia.smith@case.edu

Education
B.A. Sociology, minor in African-American Studies, Oberlin College, 2010
M.A. Journalism, Syracuse University, 2011

Research Interest
Social Inequality; race, class and gender; medical sociology; research methods

Employment
Research and Teaching Assistant to Timothy Black

Research Assistant to Mary Erdmans

Personal interests/achievements
Running, writing, weight training, basketball, cooking, travel

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Steven Steh

steven.steh@case.edu

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Mary Ellen (Ellie) Stone

mes181@case.edu

Education
B.A., Gerontology, Miami University, 2006
M.GS., Masters of Gerontological Studies, Miami University, 2008

Research Interest
life course perspective, health disparities, mental health, intergenerational programs/relationships, stigma related to physical disabilities, and public policy (specifically involving the older populations and welfare).

Employment
Research Assistant: Dr. Eva Kahana (2008)
Research Assistant: Dr. Dale Dannefer (2008)
Graduate Assistant: Bill Cifferi and Matt Nelson (2007-2008)
Graduate Assistant: Dr. Jean Lynch (2007-2008)
Graduate Assistant: Dr. Bob Applebaum (2006-2007)
Graduate Assistant: Dr. Christopher Wellin (2006-2007)

Personal interests/achievements
Past President of Sigma Phi Omega. I am interested in animal socialization, primarily in canines. I am also interested in learning more about biology and psychology.

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Delia Su

delia.su@case.edu

Education
B.A., Biology, Case Western Reserve University, 2014

Research Interests
Social inequalities and intersectionalities; forms and impact of activism; media representation; etc.

Employment
Research Assistant to Dr. Sue Hinze

Research Assistant to Dr. Cassi Pittman

Personal interests/achievements
Majority of free time is spent getting increasingly emotional about superheroes, cooing at my hamster, and waxing poetic about the importance of Laverne Cox as a public figure.

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Maggie Waltz

margaret.waltz@case.edu

Education
B.A., English, University of Dayton

Research Interests
Inequality in gender and education; impact of mass media on medical field

Employment
Research Assistant for Professors Brian Gran and Susan Hinze

Personal interests/achievements
Pop culture enthusiast, specifically primetime television

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Minzhi Ye

minzhi.ye@case.edu

Education

Sociology, Bowling Green State University, Current

M.A., Sociology, Bowling Green State University, 2008

B.A., Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai University of Engineering and Science, 2005

Research Interests
Aging; Social Psychology; Family; Medical Sociology; Life Course

Employment
Research Assistant for Professor Jennifer Karas Montez

Research Assistant for Professor Eva Kahana, Elderly Care Research Center (ECRC)

Publications

Ye, Minzhi. & Chen, Yiwei. (2013). "The Influence of Domestic Living Arrangement and Neighborhood Identity on Mental Health among Urban Chinese Elders", Aging & Mental Health, doi: 10.1080/13607863.2013.837142

 

Chen,Lin. & Ye, Minzhi. (2013). "The Role of Children's Support in the Decision to Live in a Yanglaoyuan among Elders in Shanghai'', Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, doi: 10.1007/s10823-012-9185-y.

 

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Jiao Yu

jiao.yu@case.edu

Education

B.A., Sociology, Central University of Finance and Economics

M.A., Sociology, Peking University

Research Interests
Medical sociology, family study, research methods

Employment
Research Assistant to Dr. Jessica Kelley-Moore

Research Assistant to Dr. Eva Kahana, Elderly Care Research Center (ECRC)

 

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