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Research Interests

  • Health Disparities
  • Stress Process
  • Social Stratification


PhD, Syracuse University, 1968

Curriculum Vitae

R. Jay Turner

Harvie Branscomb Distinguished Professor of Sociology Emeritus
Affiliated Professor and Psychiatric Director, Center for Research on Health Disparities

What is the role and significance of social factors for physical and mental health?

Persistently observed health disparities across race, socioeconomic status, sex, marital status and nativity raise the question of what it is about one’s social location that matters for physical and mental health. The unequal suffering and the huge social and economic costs of these disparities command attention to the identification of their socially or programmatically modifiable determinants. In order to answer these questions, I have examined in several papers the significance of differential exposure to social stress.