Assistant Professor of Sociology
P.O. Box 97326
Waco, TX 76798
Professor Matt Bradshaw is a native Texas who was born on the grounds of Fort Hood during the Vietnam War. He grew up in Fort Worth, and now lives in China Spring with his wife Cerrie and their two children, William and Kailey. Dr. Bradshaw earned a B.S. degree in sociology from Texas A&M University in 2002, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. He then completed a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served on the faculty at Duke University from 2011-2013. He joined the Baylor faculty in the fall of 2013. Dr. Bradshaw's research focuses on health and well-being, with an emphasis on: (1) the connection between religion and health; and (2) the interplay between genetic and environmental influences on health and aging. He has also published research on the biology of religious practices, beliefs, and experiences. Dr. Bradshaw's teaching interests include population health, introduction to sociology, research methods, and statistics.
Bradshaw, Matt, Christopher G. Ellison, and Collin Mueller. 2014. “Listening to Religious Music and Changes in Psychological Well-Being in Later Life.” The Gerontologist (Advance Online Access).
Ellison, Christopher G., Matt Bradshaw, Kevin J. Flannelly, and Kathleen C. Galek. 2014. “Prayer, Attachment to God, and Symptoms of Anxiety-Related Disorders among US Adults.” Sociology of Religion 75: 208-233.
Ellison, Christopher G., Scott Schieman, and Matt Bradshaw. 2014. “The Association between Religiousness and Psychological Well-Being among Older Adults: Is there an Educational Gradient?” Pp. 263-288 in Religion and Inequality in America: Research and Theory on Religion’s Role in Stratification, edited by L.A. Keister and D. Sherkat, New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
Mooney, Margarita, Lin Wang, Jason Freeman, and Matt Bradshaw. 2014. “Does Believing or Belonging Have a Greater Protective Effect on Stressful Life Events among Young Adults?” Pp. 289-310 in Religion and Inequality in America: Research and Theory on Religion’s Role in Stratification, edited by L.A. Keister and D. Sherkat, New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
Ellison, Christopher G., Matt Bradshaw, and Cheryl A. Roberts. 2012. “Spiritual and Religious Identities Predict the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Among US Adults.” Preventive Medicine 54: 9-12.
Ellison, Christopher G., Matt Bradshaw, Kuyel, Nilay, and Jack P. Marcum. 2012. “Attachment to God, Stressful Life Events, and Changes in Psychological Distress.” Review of Religious Research 53: 493-511.
Ellison, Christopher G., Matt Bradshaw, Jennifer Storch, Jack P. Marcum, and Terrence D. Hill. 2011. “Religious Doubts and Sleep Quality: Findings from a Nationwide Study of Presbyterians.” Review of Religious Research 53: 119-136.
Bradshaw, Matt, and Christopher G. Ellison. 2010. “Financial Hardship and Psychological Distress: Exploring the Buffering Effects of Religion.” Social Science & Medicine 71: 196-204.
Bradshaw, Matt, and Christopher G. Ellison. 2008. "Do Genetic Factors Influence Religious Life? Findings from a Behavior Genetic Analysis of Twin Siblings." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 47(4): 529-544.
• Honorable Mention, Distinguished Article Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 2009
• Reviewed in Epiphenom and circulated by other media outlets (February 17, 2009)
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