REBECCA L. UTZ

Curriculum Vitae

REBECCA L. UTZ portrait
  • Associate Professor, Sociology Department
  • Co-Director, Consortium for Families & Health Research
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Sociology Department
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, College Of Nursing
  • Faculty Associate, Center on Aging

Biography

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, MIAMI UNIVERSITY OXFORD CAMPUS
  • Master of Science, MIAMI UNIVERSITY OXFORD CAMPUS
  • Master of Arts, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ANN ARB
  • Doctor of Philosophy, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN ANN ARB

Honors & Awards

  • Distinguished Teaching Award. University of Utah, 04/30/2017
  • Distinguished Mentor Award. University of Utah Graduate School, 05/2016
  • W. Fred Cottrell Distinguished Alumni Award, Miami University Scripps Gerontology Center. 04/2016
  • Presidential Scholar. University of Utah, 07/2015
  • Excellence in Mentoring, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Utah. 04/25/2015
  • AKD (honor society) & Sociology Student Advisory Committee - Professor of the Year. Department of Sociology, 05/2014
  • Fellow (nominated & elected). Gerontological Society of America, 11/2012
  • Superior Research Award (junior faculty). College of Social and Behavioral Science, 05/2012
  • Superior Teaching Award. College of Social and Behavioral Science, 05/01/2010

Biography

Professor Utz completed her PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan in 2004.  Before that, she completed a Master degree in gerontology from Miami University, and worked as a research associate for American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) in Washington DC.  She has been a faculty member at the University of Utah, Department of Sociology, since 2004.  She is currently an Associate Professor.

In the classroom, she teaches both undergraduate and graduate students how to be better consumers and producers of researchers (research methods).  She also regularly teaches courses related to epidemiology and population studies.  She has mentored countless students, and takes great pride in providing hands-on advising so students can learn to be independent researchers.

Her research interests fall into two broad categories:  1) the gerontological interests involve primary data collection and randomized intervention studies to evaluate the most effective way to assist aging families who are coping with end-of-life issues such as bereavement and caregiving.  2) the epidemiological interests use population-based surveys and quantitative data to track trends in obesity prevalence by birth cohorts and whether familial or environmental characteristics influence the risk of childhood and adolescent obesity.

She enjoys living in Utah, with her husband and two young daughters. 

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • United States of America