Meet the Researchers
Debra Umberson is Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on relationships and health across the life course. Recent work, supported by the National Institute on Aging, considers how different types of relationships influence health behaviors over the life course. Recent articles have focused on parenthood and body weight, stress and health behavior, gender and health habit processes in gay/lesbian/straight couples, and health policy addressing the link between social ties and health. Her book, Death of a Parent: Transition to a New Adult Identity, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2003. Professor Umberson is the current editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.
is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Reczek received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. Her research focuses on how family relationships shape health, specifically examining how gender, sexuality, and aging dynamics in family ties intersect to promote or deter health. She is particularly interested in the dynamics of gay and lesbian family relationships. Her work has been published in journals such as Social Science & Medicine, Journal of Family Issues, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Annual Review of Sociology.
Phillip Schnarrs recently finished his PhD in health behavior at Indiana University. While there he also held a position as a Project Coordinator for the Center Sexual Health Promotion and a Pre-doctoral Fellowship with the Fenway Institute in Boston, MA. Phillip has worked on several studies regarding sexual, gender, and racial minority groups and health outcomes, primarily those related to sexual health. More recently, Phillip has taken a position as an Assistant Professor of health promotion at The University of Texas San Antonio where his research will focus on HIV prevention, substance use, and the sexual lives of Latino Gay and Bisexual men living in central and south Texas.