RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Area(s) of Expertise:
Social Stratification, Sociology of Families, Social Demography, Adolescent Obesity
Molly Martin received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003. Fundamentally, her research seeks to understand how inequalities are produced and reproduced across generations. Her training in social inequality and family demography led to research projects investigating family influences for children’s educational attainment, teen childbearing, and adult welfare use. As a Health & Society Scholar, Martin investigated the family as a significant health context for generating health disparities. Focusing on adolescent obesity as a primary example, she explored the family processes and resources important for adolescent overweight using sibling data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. With co-investigators Gary Sandefur and fellow Health and Society Scholar, Michelle Frisco, Martin submitted and received approval for an R-01 grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The grant locates adolescent overweight within family and life course processes to better investigate the social and behavioral causes and consequences of overweight. Martin joined Penn State’s sociology and demograhpy department as an associate professor in 2005.