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Linda K. George, Professor Emerita of Sociology

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, Hamilton1972
BA in SociologyMiami University, Oxford, Ohio1969
B.A.Miami University, Hamilton1969
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. Zheng, H; George, LK (2018). Does Medical Expansion Improve Population Health?. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 59(1), 113-132. [doi]  [abs]
  2. George, LK (2018). Research on religion and health: Time to be born again?.   Homo Religiosus?: Exploring the Roots of Religion and Religious Freedom in Human Experience (pp. 157-176). [doi]
  3. George, LK (2018). Cognition and culture: Implications for understanding religion/spirituality.   New Dimensions in Spirituality, Religion, and Aging (pp. 134-158). [doi]  [abs]
  4. Horne, AJ; Chiew, KS; Zhuang, J; George, LK; Adcock, RA; Potter, GG; Lad, EM; Cousins, SW; Lin, FR; Mamo, SK; Chen, N-K; Maciejewski, AJ; Duong Fernandez, X; Whitson, HE (2018). Relating Sensory, Cognitive, and Neural Factors to Older Persons' Perceptions about Happiness: An Exploratory Study.. Journal of Aging Research, 2018, 4930385. [doi]  [abs]
  5. Brasher, MS; George, LK; Shi, X; Yin, Z; Zeng, Y (2017). Incorporating biomarkers into the study of socio-economic status and health among older adults in China.. Ssm Population Health, 3, 577-585. [doi]  [abs]

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