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Richard Carpiano, Ph.D., M.Phil., M.P.H., M.A.

 RWJF Health & Society Scholar:

Sociomedical Sciences, Sociology, Public Health

Area(s) of Expertise:
Health Sociology, Social Determinants of Physical and Mental Health, Health disparities, Social capital, Community conditions and well-being, Methods for examining local area contexts, Sociological theory



Richard M. Carpiano, Ph.D., M.A., M.P.H., is Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia, where he is also Associate Member of the School of Population and Public Health, Faculty Associate of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, and Faculty Affiliate of the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP). He presently serves as co-editor (with Brian C. Kelly of Purdue University) of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior (2016-19). Richard’s research centers on the socioeconomic determinants of physical and mental health. A significant portion of his past and ongoing work has focused on the implications of community ties for adult and child health. Most recently, he has undertaken several collaborative projects focused on social determinants of childhood vaccination in the US and Canada. These projects include a vignette experiment of US public conceptions of child vaccination stigma and policy and a Public Health Agency of Canada-funded national analysis of socioeconomic determinants of parental knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs regarding child vaccination. His solo- and co-authored publications have appeared in forums such as the American Journal of Public Health, American Sociological Review, Health & Place, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and Social Science & Medicine. In 2013, he was awarded UBC’s Killam Research Prize for his contributions to scholarship. Richard received his Ph.D. (2004) in Sociomedical Sciences (with concentration in Sociology) from Columbia University, his M.P.H. (2001) from Case Western Reserve University, and M.A. (1998) and B.A. (1997) in Sociology from Baylor University. In July 2017, Richard will join the faculty of the University of California, Riverside as Professor of Public Policy and Sociology.

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Journal Articles:

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