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Matthew Andersson


Faculty - Dr. Matthew Andersson

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology

P.O. Box 97326
Waco, TX 76798
(254) 710-3105

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Matthew Andersson’s research focuses on health inequality as it unfolds across the life course. Specifically, he researches educational and socioeconomic inequalities in mental and physical well-being as they relate to childhood, adolescent and adulthood factors. Specific themes in his recent and current work include health behaviors, chronic disease epidemiology, personal social networks, informal elder caregiving, comparative parenthood, parent-child emotional bonds, and public attitudes and reactions toward mental illness.

Recent Publications:

Brazil, Noli and Matthew A. Andersson. “Mental Well-Being and Changes in Peer Ability from High School to College.” Youth & Society.

Wilkinson, Renae and Matthew A. Andersson. Forthcoming. “Adolescent Socioeconomic Status and Parent-Child Emotional Bonds: Reexamining Gender Differences in Mental Well-Being During Young Adulthood.” Society and Mental Health.

Andersson, Matthew A. Forthcoming. “Modern Social Hierarchies and the Spaces Between: How Are Subjective Status Inconsistencies Linked to Mental Well-Being?” Social Psychology Quarterly.

Andersson, Matthew A., Mark H. Walker and Brian P. Kaskie. Forthcoming. "Strapped for Time or Stressed Out? Predictors of Work Interruption and Unmet Needs for Workplace Support among Informal Elder Caregivers.” Journal of Aging and Health.

Andersson, Matthew A. and Sarah K. Harkness. Forthcoming. "When Do Biological Attributions of Mental Illness Reduce Stigma? Using Qualitative Comparative Analysis to Contextualize Attributions.” Society and Mental Health.

Andersson, Matthew AForthcoming. “An Odd Ladder to Climb: Socioeconomic Differences Across Levels of Subjective Social Status.” Social Indicators Research.

Andersson, Matthew A. and Joan K. Monin. Forthcoming. “Informal Care Networks in the Context of Multimorbidity: Size, Composition, and Associations with Recipient Psychological Well-Being.” Journal of Aging and Health.

Kaskie, Brian P., Mark H. Walker and Matthew A. Andersson. 2017. “Efforts to Address the Aging
Academic Workforce: Assessing Progress through a Three-Stage Model of Institutional Change.”
Innovative Higher Education 42:225-237.

Andersson, Matthew A. and Kenneth Vaughan. 2017. "Adult health returns to education by key childhood social and economic indicators:  Results from representative European data." Social Science and Medicine - Population Health 3:411-418.

Kaskie, Brian P., Mark H. Walker and Matthew A. Andersson. 2017. “Efforts to Address the Aging Academic Workforce: Assessing Progress through a Three-Stage Model of Institutional Change.” Innovative Higher Education 42:225-237.

Andersson, Matthew A., Shana Kushner Gadarian and Rene Almeling. 2017. "Does Educational Attainment Shape Reactions to Genetic Risk for Alzheimer's disease? Results from a National Survey Experiment." Social Science & Medicine 180:101-105.

Glass, Jennifer, Robin W. Simon and Matthew A. Andersson. 2016. "Parenthood and Happiness: Effects of Work-Family Reconciliation Policies in 22 OECD Countries.” American Journal of Sociology 122:886-929.
     Coverage in TIME, NY Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and 50+ other news outlets.   45-Minute Syndicated Segment on National Public Radio: On Point.
Andersson, Matthew A. 2016. “Health Returns to Education by Family Socioeconomic Origins, 1980-2008: Testing the Importance of Gender, Cohort, and Age.” Social Science & Medicine – Population Health 2:549-560.
Andersson, Matthew A. and Nicholas A. Christakis. 2016. “Desire for Weight Loss, Weight-Related Social Contact, and Body Mass Outcomes.” Obesity 24:1434-1437.
      Altmetric Influence Score: 167 (Jan 2017; Top 2% in Obesity). Coverage in TIME, US News & World Report, Health, LiveScience, and many other news outlets. YaleNews (“Change in Dieters’ Social Networks May Undermine Weight-Loss Efforts”). NPR (WSHU).
Andersson, Matthew A. 2016.  “Chronic Disease at Midlife: Do Parent-Child Bonds Modify the Effect of Childhood SES?” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 57:373-389.
      Altmetric Influence Score: 783 (Jan 2017; Highest influence score in JHSB, Top ~250 out of 2.7 Million Research Outputs in Altmetric in 2016). Coverage in over 100 news outlets: US News & World Report, Health, HealthDay, Economic Times, MedicalXPress, Health Medicine Network.
Andersson, Matthew A. and Jennifer L. Glanvill. 2016. “The Contingent Effects of Mental Well-Being and Education on Volunteering.” Society and Mental Health 6:90-105.

 Andersson, Matthew A. 2016. “The Long Arm of Warm Parenting: A Sex-Matching Perspective on Adult Children's Physical Health.” Journal of Family Issues 37:879-901.
Andersson, Matthew A. and Vida Maralani. 2016. “Early-Life Characteristics and Educational Disparities in Smoking.” Social Science & Medicine 144:138-147.

Andersson, Matthew A. 2016.  “How Do We Assign Ourselves Social Status? A Cross-Cultural Test of the Cognitive Averaging Principle.” Social Science Research 52:317-329.

Andersson, Matthew A., Jennifer Glass and Robin W. Simon. 2014. “Users Beware! Variable Effects of Parenthood on Happiness Within and Across International Datasets.” Social Indicators Research 115:945-961.