Daniel E. Adkins portrait
  • Chair, Graduate Program in Statistics
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Sociology Department
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Psychiatry
  • Associate Professor, Sociology Department


  • M.A., Sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Statistical Genetics, Virginia Commonwealth University


Daniel E. Adkins, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry, and Chair of the Graduate Program in Statistics, at the University of Utah. He is an interdisciplinary quantitative methodologist working primarily on topics in social epidemiology and psychiatric genetics. Adkins completed his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina in 2009 with highest honors, including the Howard W. Odum Award for Excellence. He subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in statistical genetics, and worked as an NIH-funded Assistant Professor, at Virginia Commonwealth University prior to moving to the University of Utah in 2016. His research primarily focuses on integrating quantitative methods from the social and behavioral sciences (e.g., structural equation models, advanced econometrics) and genomics (e.g., GWAS, EWAS, polygenic scoring) to advance understanding of health. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles in academic journals across disciplines, including Nature Neuroscience, Genome Biology, Nucleic Acids Research, Lancet Psychiatry, JAMA Psychiatry, Molecular Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychological Assessment, Demography, Social Forces, Sociological Theory, and Sociological Methods and Research.

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Always seeking quantitatively oriented graduate trainees. If interested, please email danieleadkins@gmail.com with a description of skills and interests.