Here you can find a partial list of our current members, their institutional affiliations, and their research interests. To formally join our list, please use the contact page to send us your information.
MATHIEU ALBERT, PhD is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, and Researcher at the Wilson Centre for Research in Education, University of Toronto. His work explores multidisciplinary relationship and struggle for scientific authority between academics in the health research field. He has published in a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals in social science and in medicine, including articles on symbolic boundaries between scientific groups (in Minerva and Social Science and Medicine), science policy-making process (Science, Technology & Human Values), academic assessment criteria (Higher Education) and funding agencies (Canadian Journal of Higher Education and Social Science and Medicine). He co-edited a book with Scott Frickel (Brown University) and Barbara Prainsack (University of Vienna) on interdisciplinarity in 2017 (Investigating Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Theory and Practice across Disciplines. Rutgers University Press: New Jersey). In 2011, he received the Sociology of Knowledge and Technology section Best Paper Award for his article titled: “Boundary-Work in the Health Research Field: Biomedical and Clinician Scientists’ Perceptions of Social Science Research” (Minerva, 2009).
CARAGH BROSNAN, PhD is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Her work explores identity, power and the construction of legitimate knowledge in scientific and health professional practice and education. She completed her PhD in the sociology of medical education at the University of Cambridge in 2008. Her recent projects have focussed on the experiences of medical students who are first in the family to attend university, and on the comparative status of complementary medicine disciplines in British and Australian universities. Caragh has published the co-edited books, Handbook of the Sociology of Medical Education (Routledge, 2009), Bourdieusian Prospects (Routledge, 2017), and Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Knowledge Production and Social Transformation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
KRISTINA DZARA, PhD, MMSc is Instructor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Educational Research Associate in the Departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital. She also serves as the Social Media Strategist for the Harvard Macy Institute and Editor-in-Chief of Harvard Macy Institute Community Blog. She is currently collaborating on projects focused on program evaluation, curriculum development, education technology, and the use of social media in medical education. Her scholarly work has appeared in journals such as Academic Medicine, the Journal of Graduate Medical Education, Teaching and Learning in Medicine, Academic Psychiatry, the Journal of the American College of Radiology, and Health Affairs.
BERKELEY FRANZ, PhD is a medical sociologist whose research and teaching focus on health disparities, hospital-community relationships, and narrative medicine. Within medical education, Dr. Franz studies how clinical training is expanding to include population health models and social determinants of health, the relationship between various forms of racism and the reproduction of health disparities, and how narrative approaches can be used to discuss diversity and inclusion within medical education. Her co-authored book, Narrative Medicine and Community-based Health Care and Planning was published by Springer in 2017. Her co-edited book, Not Far from Me: Stories of Opioids and Ohio, which contains first-person experiences with opioid abuse, is currently in production at the Ohio State University Press. Dr. Franz is currently working on a co-authored book on hospital-community relations for the University of Chicago Press.
ANNA HARRIS, PhD pursues an approach to the social study of medicine that is grounded in ethnographic studies of contemporary medical practices, clinical experience working in hospitals, and collaborations with historians, doctors, artists, museum specialists and craftspeople. Her research spans the fields of anthropology, science and technology studies, medical education and medical humanities and health sociology. Her empirical cases focus on the anthropology and history of technological medical practices, especially concerning questions of sensorality, embodiment and learning. Anna Harris has held research posts at Maastricht University, University of Exeter and the University of Melbourne, and been a visiting researcher at the University of Amsterdam, McGill University, RMIT (Melbourne), Brocher Foundation and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.
JULIA KNOPES, PhD is a research associate and instructor in the Department of Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Julia's work examines knowledge practices and experiences of ignorance amongst American medical students and physicians. She also writes about pedagogy in the fields of medical humanities and science and technology studies.
KELLY RHEA MACARTHUR, PhD received her PhD from Kent State University in 2014 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Nebraska Omaha in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. She is a medical sociologist with teaching and research experience and interests in medical socialization/education, mental health/illness, health disparities, gender, and quantitative methods/statistics. Her past work has examined various aspects of the doctor-patient relationship, with publications in journals including Social Science and Medicine, Child Abuse & Trauma, Health Sociology Review, Sociology Compass, and the International Journal of Medical Students. Her current research focuses on the well-being of medical students, the effects of loneliness on health, and statistics pedagogy.
ANNA MACLEOD, PhD Professor of medical education at Dalhousie University in Canada. Ethnographer of education.
MARIA ATHINA (Tina) MARTIMIANAKIS, PhD is Associate Professor and the Director of Medical Education Scholarship at the Department of Paediatrics, and Scientist and Strategic Lead International and Partnerships at the Wilson Centre for Research in Education, University of Toronto. Her research contributes to both theory building and educational practice. Drawing on critical social science theories and Foucauldian discourse analysis, Tina studies the material effects of discourse, particularly in relation to professional identity negotiations. Currently she is researching how organizational practices associated with discourses of collaboration support or hinder the capacity of interprofessional teams to practice and learn together.
LAURA MAULDIN, PhD, NIC is a sociologist at the University of Connecticut. Her work lies at the intersection of science and technology studies, medical sociology, and disability studies. Her research explores the politics of disability and medicalization, as well as the role that medical technologies play in structuring and defining what is seen as "good care." Her first book, Made to Hear (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) explored, among other things, the clinical culture of pediatric cochlear implantation. She is faculty at Yale University's Summer Institute in Bioethics where she teaches disability studies. And she is also a nationally certified sign language interpreter and has experiences training medical students in how best to work with deaf patients.
DAN MORRISON, PhD is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Abilene Christian University. A sociologist of science, technology, and medicine, his recent work has focused on the sociology of regulation in football helmets, brain trauma, gender, and biomedical ethics. He is currently working on two book projects. The first introduces pragmatic interactionism, and the second works at the intersection of care theory and democracy. He has mentored undergraduate students on academic dishonesty and the cut-throat stereotype among pre-medical students. He taught care theory to undergraduates and discussion sections on bioethics with medical students at Vanderbilt University.
ANNA S. MUELLER, PhD is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University. Within the sociology of health professions education, she works on understanding the production of inequality in medical education; how implicit biases shape performance evaluations and reactions to medical errors; and the role of social support and professional relationships in the persistence of women and minorities in emergency medicine. As a mixed methodologist, Mueller blends qualitative and quantitative methodologies in her research. Her 2017 co-authored publication (with fellow SoHPE member Tania Jenkins, PhD, among others) was recognized as one of the Top Articles in Medical Education in 2017 by the American Pediatric Association.
LAUREN OLSEN, PhD is a medical sociologist who uses qualitative methods to study how educators, physicians, and policy makers apply knowledge to improve patient care and how the context in which these actors work impacts how they utilize humanistic and social scientific knowledge. She addresses questions about how these actors understand the sources of health and healthcare disparities in the U.S. patient population, how they decide what kinds of knowledge are clinically relevant, and how they reproduce forms of inequality in their educational materials and interactional processes – particularly racial inequality. Lauren recently joined Temple University as an Assistant Professor of Sociology.
RILEY RIER is a MA student in Sociology at Western University whose research is analyzing the curriculum at all 13 medical schools in Canada, and determining whether or not they include the social determinants of health in their required course work, to what extent they do so, and whether the schools public persona and mission statements match their actual required knowledge their medical students are obtaining.
NICOLE SHEPHERD is a sociologist teaching ethics at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland Australia. She is researching approaches to ethics education in medical programs.
DENA SMITH, PhD I'm an Assistant Professor at UMBC in Baltimore, and a medical sociologist, who studies mental health professions. My book, Medicine over Mind: Mental Health Treatment in The Biomedical Era, was just published by Rutgers University Press. The project addresses, in part, the impact of medical training on practitioners' likelihood to practice talk therapy. My new project, also involving interviews with mental health practitioners, digs into some of the questions about what could help residents and junior practitioners feel they have more holistic practice skills when they leave training.
CLARE STACEY, PhD is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Kent State University in Kent, OH. She is a medical sociologist who researches end of life, aging and long-term care, emotions, and doctor-patient interaction. Her current research is a qualitative, longitudinal study of clinical empathy in pre-med and medical students.
LINDSAY TOMAN is currently a doctoral candidate in the sociology department at Wayne State University who specializes in medical sociology and LGBTQ health. Over the past few years, she has been conducting LGBTQ health trainings for medical students and practicing physicians.
FIONA WEBSTER, PhD is a sociologist and Wilson Centre Scientist using institutional ethnography to study the social organization of HPE, care and policy, with a particular focus on chronic pain.I am a medical sociologist who uses qualitative methods to study how educators, physicians, and policy makers apply knowledge to improve patient care and how the context in which these actors work impacts how they utilize humanistic and social scientific knowledge. I address questions about how these actors understand the sources of health and healthcare disparities in the U.S. patient population, how they decide what kinds of knowledge are clinically relevant, and how they reproduce forms of inequality in their educational materials and interactional processes – particularly racial inequality. Will be starting as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Temple University on July 1, 2019!