A course on the social determinants of health, with special emphasis on how inequalities (race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender and sexuality, and more) shape health outcomes. Topics include the social distribution of stressors, social support, and coping mechanisms; the role of neighborhood and environmental contexts; and current issues such as COVID-19, the opioid epidemic, and the mental health crisis among American youth.
Health, Society & Policy Capstone
Capstone course for the Health, Society & Policy program. I will co-teach this course in Spring 2024.
As a sociologist of mental health, I have an active interest in addressing the mental health of college students here at the U. Across the United States, rates of mental health challenges among students, including major depression and suicidal thoughts, have risen dramatically in the last decade. As the first point of contact for students, it is our job as instructors to serve as a compassionate resource for students and to refer them to care if needed. I have attempted to provide guidance for instructors with this article, "Mental Health in the College Classroom: Best Practices for Instructors."
If you are my student, please know that your well-being is, and should be, a top priority. Please reach out to me if you feel like mental health challenges are getting in the way of your studies. Although I am not a clinician, I can help you get in touch with counseling resources and we can talk about strategies for coursework.