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


Research Summary

Health and Aging in America

Research Statement

I am a life course sociologist, embracing the interdisciplinary traditions of demography and gerontology. My substantive research focuses on issues of health and aging in America.  More specifically, I am interested in how families cope with the end-of-life experience, including widowhood and caregiving.  I am also interested in how adolescent health (obesity, primarily) is determined.  My work has involved primary data collection (surveys & qualitative interviews), creation and implementation of intervention studies, and statistical analysis of large population-based data sets.  

Research Keywords

  • Population Sciences, Interest Level: 4
  • Obesity, Interest Level: 5
  • Life Course Theory, Interest Level: 5
  • Gerontology, Interest Level: 5
  • Family Caregiving, Interest Level: 4
  • Bereavement, Interest Level: 5
  • Adolescent Health, Interest Level: 4

Research Groups

  • Partners in Hospice Care -- Bereavement Team, Other. 01/2011 - present.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Enhancing the Effectiveness of Respite Services for Family Caregivers. PI: Dale Lund. Health Disparities Grant, Cal State San Bernardino, 10/01/2009 - 10/01/2010. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • Development and testing of a data infrastructure for conducting a large, multi-level longitudinal analysis of the determinants of childhood obesity. PI: Jim VanDerslice & Liz Joy. F Marion Bishop Foundation, 10/01/2009 - 08/01/2010. Total project budget to date: $25,000.00
  • Living After Loss: An Intervention Study to Test the Effectiveness of the Dual Process Model of Coping. PI: Caserta. 10/01/2004 - 06/01/2010. Total project budget to date: $0.00