Christy L. Erving
Assistant Professor of Sociology
How do social factors produce and maintain disparities in physical and mental health?
As a whole, my research employs quantitative methods to explore how race, ethnicity, immigrant status, and gender interact to produce differentials in a variety of health outcomes. I’m currently developing a line of research focusing on racial, ethnic, and gender differences in co-occurring physical and mental health problems (physical-mental comorbidity), and the extent to which stress exposure and a variety of psychosocial factors contribute to the onset of comorbid conditions. I am also working on a series of papers examining the extent to which psychosocial factors contribute to racial patterns in psychological well-being.
My research has been funded by the American Sociological Association, Ford Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2014-2016, I was a post-doctoral fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program at University of Wisconsin, Madison. I completed a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology at Indiana University-Bloomington, and received a B.A. in Sociology and Hispanic Studies from Rice University.