Assistant Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
P.O. Box 97326
Waco, TX 76798
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.
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 A. Forthcoming. “An Odd Ladder to Climb: Socioeconomic Differences Across Levels of Subjective Social Status.” Social Indicators Research.
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.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.
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).
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. 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. 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.
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