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Linda K. George, Arts and Sciences Professor of Sociology and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Professor Emerita of Sociology and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Center for Population Health & Aging and Associate Director of Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development

Linda K. George
Contact Info:
Office Location:  253 Soc-Psych, 1511 Duke Clinics, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-5605
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Ph.D.Duke University1975
M.A. in SociologyMiami University, Oxford, OH1972
M.A.Miami University, Ohio1972
BA in SociologyMiami University, Oxford, Ohio1969
B.A.Miami University, Ohio1969
Research Interests:

Current projects: Social support in religious communities, Social antecedents of depression in late life, Explaining the link between religion and health, Examining effects of long-term trajectoris of stress, Impact of medical technology on population health

I received my B.A. and M.A. in sociology from the Miami University of Ohio. My Ph.D. in sociology is from Duke University (1975) and my postdoctoral training, in aging, was performed at Duke University School of Medicine. I am a sociologist interested in social psychology, aging and adult development, medical sociology, and family relationships. I have performed extensive research in these areas. My most recent work examines social precursors of depression, the effects of stress on health, and the relationships between religion and health. I enjoy teaching Social Psychology (SOC 106/PSY 116),and graduate seminars in medical sociology and life course and aging. In 1991, I won the Trinity College Distinguished Teaching Award for my outstanding work in the classroom. I collect murder mysteries.

Areas of Interest:

social antecedents of physical and mental health
social factors affecting recovery from illness
stress and social support
religion and health
life course trajectories

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Steven Foy
  • Wendy Brynildsen
  • Rebekah Burroway
  • Hui Zheng
  • Steven Frenk
  • Patricia Thomas
  • Jessica Sautter
  • Alexandra F Dalton
  • Lijun Song
Postdocs Mentored

  • Philippa Clarke (2002/10-2004/09)
  • Dorothy Smith-Ruiz (1998/09-2001/08)
Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. George, LK; Ferraro, KF (2015). Aging and the Social Sciences: Progress and Prospects. In George, LK; Ferraro, KF (Ed.).  Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences: Eighth Edition (pp. 3-22). Elsevier. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Fu, Q; George, LK (2015). Socioeconomic determinants of childhood overweight and obesity in China: the long arm of institutional power.. Sociology of Health & Illness, 37(6), 805-822. [doi]  [abs]
  3. George, LK; Harrrell, Jr., FE; Clipp, EC (2015). Logistic Regression. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 35, 595-596.
  4. George, LK (2015). Sociology of Aging. In Ritzer, G (Ed.).  Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. WILEY-BLACKWELL.
  5. George, LK (2015). Religion and Gerontology. In Levin, J (Ed.).  Religion and the Social Sciences: Basic and Applied Perspectives. SPRINGER.

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