RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Area(s) of Expertise:
Health Disparities, Mental Health, Racial Inequality, Immigration
Christy’s research examines the social factors that produce and maintain disparities in health. Her dissertation investigates racial, ethnic, and nativity distinctions in physical-psychiatric comorbidity, or the co-occurrence of physical and mental health problems. More specifically, she addresses the extent to which socioeconomic status, stress, and social support predict racial, ethnic, and nativity patterns in comorbidity, and whether these patterns are aligned with sociological theories pertaining to racial inequality. As an RWJF H&SS scholar, Christy plans to use quantitative methods to investigate the impact of having co-occurring health conditions on 1) health care costs and spending for those who are afflicted, 2) socioeconomic outcomes, and 3) mortality. In addition, she is interested in examining these patterns across racial and ethnic groups. Her graduate research was supported by fellowships from the Ford Foundation, American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program, Graduate Scholars Fellowship at Indiana University, and the Department of Sociology at Indiana University. Christy completed her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology at Indiana University-Bloomington, and received a B.A. in Sociology and Hispanic Studies from Rice University. Following the completion of the Health & Society Scholars program, Christy will hold an appointment as Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of North Carolina-Charlotte.