• "My research looks at how the field of medicine thinks about people with diseases of unknown cause, how this reaches across history, and how we can change the way we understand these diseases so that people can be healthier."
  • Angela Adler

     

     

    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

    Health Policy Research Scholar

     

    Sociology PhD Student

     

    Diseases of Unknown Cause

    Brain Injury: Relationships & Stigma

    Sociology of Health and Diagnosis

    Intersectional Feminism

    Policy Analysis

    Quantitative & Qualitative Methods

    Survey Design

  • My Work

    Photo of Angela Adler, (c) Flynn Larsen 2019. Photo Courtesy of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

    I am a sociologist of diagnosis and health. I focus on diseases of unknown cause and the demographics they affect, as well as brain injury, relationships, and the effects of stigma.

     

    As a Health Policy Research Scholar of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, I am trained to use my expertise to analyze and influence policy.

     

  • Projects

    Painting of a hysteria patient, being put on display to a room of male doctors by Charcot.

    Brain Injury, Relationships & Stigma

    Primary Investigator-Dissertation

    Interviews with people with brain injury and their partners, identifying factors that improve relationship quality, and how brain injury stigma affects and is addressed by couples.

    A white medical room with a light, IV tree, phone, instruments, and an empty bed made with a white pillow and purple plaid blanket.

    Social Construction of Unknown Illnesses

    Primary investigator

    Mixed qualitative and quantitative content and discourse analysis of NIH and CDC descriptions of diagnoses, and the demographics they affect.

    Painting of a hysteria patient, being put on display to a room of male doctors by Charcot.

    The Rise and Fall of the Hysteria Diagnosis

    Primary Investigator 

    Historical-comparative sociological study connecting the 4000-year history of hysteria to the concept of social construction of health.

  • Education

    Logo for Health Policy Research Scholars of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

    Health Policy Research Scholar

    2018-2023

    Logo for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    PhD Sociology

    2021 (expected)

     

    Coursework Complete: 2019

    Passed Comprehensive Exam in Health: 2019

    Logo for the California Institute of Integral Studies

    California Institute of Integral Studies

    M.A. Anthropology & Social Change

    2015

    Logo for the University of Pittsburgh

    University of Pittsburgh

    B.S. Rehabilitation Science

    2009

     

    Minors: Italian Language, Theatre Arts-Performance

     

    Certificate: Psychosocial Issues in Rehabilitation and Personal Care

    Logo for John Cabot University

    John Cabot University

    Study Abroad

    2007

  • Experience

    Instructor - Health, Medicine & Society

    Undergraduate online course

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Instructor - Sociology of Sport

    Undergraduate online course

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Alumni Network Design Team Member

    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

    Change Leaders Programs

    Research Assistant - Multilevel Modeling

    Faculty Social Network Data,

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

    Primary Investigator: Dr. Christina Falci

    Validator - Health Disaparities Expert

    Advised prospective CEOs in developing ideas for start-ups to address systemic health problems.

    10.10.10., Denver, Colorado.

    Focus Group Facilitator - Task Force on Inclusivity

    Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS)

    Research Assistant - Focus Group Facilitator

    Laughing Matters: Comedy and Race in Undergraduate Education,

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

    Primary Investigator: Dr. Lory Dance

    Research Assistant - Experiment Data Collection

    LifeHD Study: Innovative Technology in Minority Health Disparities Research.

    Primary Investigators: Dr. Bridget Goosby, Dr. Jacob Cheadle

    Teaching Assistant/Grader - Sociology of Sport

    Instructor: Dr. Christopher Near

    Online course

    Recitation Instructor - Sociology 101

    Instructors: Dr. Julia McQuillan, Dr. Kelsey Burke

    Teaching Assistant/Grader - Sociology 101

    Instructor: Shawn Ratcliff

    Online course

  • Skills

    Methods

    Historical-Comparative Analysis

    Survey Questionnaire Design

    Focus Groups

    Case Studies

    Content Analysis

    In-Depth Interviews

    Analysis

    Regression (OLS, Logistic, Poisson, Multi-Level Models)

    Pattern Matching

    Critical Discourse Analysis

    Index and Variable Construction

    Missing Data & Attrition

    Software

    Stata

    SAS

    NVivo

    Languages

    American Sign Language (intermediate/advanced)

    Italian (basic)

  • Contact

    Drop me a line so we can collaborate!

  • Connect with Me

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    Email