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Dr. Schnittker: Bers Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences

J. Schnittker

Dr. Jason Schnittker, assistant professor of sociology, has been appointed the Janice and Julian Bers Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences, SAS Dean Preston has announced. Dr. Schnittker joined the faculty in 2001 after completing both his Ph.D. and M.A. at Indiana University and his B.A. at the University of Dayton, where he graduated summa cum laude.

In addition to teaching courses on medical sociology, social psychology, and the sociology of mental illness, Dr. Schnittker serves as the associate director of the Population Aging Research Center and is a faculty affiliate of the Health and Societies undergraduate program, and of the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program.  

Dr. Schnittker has completed extensive research in the fields of social psychology, medical sociology, research methods, and stratification. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn, he supervised the "Indianapolis Quality of Life and Health Study" at Indiana University.

His scholarship explores sociodemographic differences in beliefs about health, physicians, and medicine, as well as the epidemiological associations between race, socioeconomic status, and health. Along with a variety of research awards Dr. Schnittker has received grants from the National Institute of Aging and the National Institute of Mental Health. 

Dr. Schnittker's work has been published in leading scholarly journals including the American Sociological Review, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Social Psychology Quarterly. His forthcoming article "Misgivings of Medicine?: African Americans' Skepticism of Psychiatric Medication" will be included in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, a journal for which he also serves on the editorial board. The author of several book reviews, Dr. Schnittker's latest review addresses "Stories in the Time of Cholera: Racial Profiling During a Medical Nightmare," by Charles L. Briggs with Clara Mantini-Briggs.    

This chair was created by Janice Smith Bers, who earned her B.A. in elementary education at Penn in 1939, and her husband, the late Julian S. Bers. Mr. Bers studied finance at the Wharton School and was honored with Penn's Alumni Award of Merit in 1968.  An Emeritus Trustee of the University, Mr. Bers also served as a trustee of the Health System. 

 

 


  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 21, February 10, 2004

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