Shannon M. Monnat, Ph.D.
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- Ph.D., Sociology, University at Albany, State University of New York, 2008
- BA, Sociology, State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY Oswego), 2000
- AA, Humanities and Social Sciences, Jefferson Community College, 1998
My research interests lay at the intersection of demography, sociology, and public health. My current efforts largely focus on social, behavioral, and spatial determinants of health and health disparities among children, adolescents, and young adults living along the U.S. rural-urban continuum. My projects fit into three broad categories:
Social and Spatial Variation in Opiate Abuse
Opiate (prescription opioids and heroin) abuse and overdose mortality have increased dramatically over the past two decades to become a national epidemic and major US public health and policy issue. My research in this area focuses on rural/urban differences in and demographic, economic, and social correlates of adult and adolescent opiate abuse and overdose mortality in the US.
Watch my discussion of prescription painkiller and heroin abuse at a recent local State College public event: Faces of Addiction: From Prescription Painkillers to Heroin
Social and Spatial Disparities in Health Care Access, Use, and Outcomes
This line of research examines racial/ethnic differences in health care access and utilization; differences in health care access and utilization among Hispanics in new vs. established destinations along the rural-urban continuum; rural/urban differences in adolescent HPV vaccination; and associations between adverse childhood experiences and adult health.
Policy and Program Participation Impacts on Health
I am interested in associations between various social and public health policies, social safety net program participation, and child and family well-being. Specific projects include analyses of racial/ethnic differences in transitions off TANF; the spatially heterogeneous effects of SNAP participation on food insecurity and children's health outcomes; associations between state policies on immigrant eligibility for health and social services and Hispanic health care access and utilization; and predictors of school physical education policies/practices and associations between those policies/practices and children's physical activity outcomes.
- CED 410: Population and Environment (undergraduate level)
- R SOC 573: Methods in Survey Data Analysis (graduate level)
- R SOC 516: Social Change in Rural America (graduate level)
- R SOC 597: Population and Environment (graduate level)
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