Assistant Professor of Sociology
P.O. Box 97326
Waco, TX 76798
Relevant Track: Health and Society
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.
Hill, Terrence, Matt Bradshaw, and Amy Burdette. Forthcoming. "Religion and Biological Functioning across the Life Course." Handbook of Religion and Society.
Bradshaw, Matt and Blake Victor Kent. 2018. "Prayer, Attachment to God, and Psychological Well-being in Later Life." Journal of Aging and Health 30(5):667-691.
Blake Victor Kent, Matt Bradshaw, and Jeremy E. Uecker. 2018. "Attachment to God, Forgiveness, and Mental Health Outcomes in Older U.S. Adults: A Longitudinal Study." Research on Aging 40(5):456-479.
Bradshaw, Matt, Blake Victor Kent, W. Matthew Henderson, and Anna C. Setar. 2017. “Subjective Social Status, Life Course SES, and BMI in Young Adulthood.” Health Psychology 36(7):682-694.
Blake Victor Kent, Matt Bradshaw and Kevin D. Dougherty. 2016. "Attachment to God, Vocational Calling and Worker Contentment." Review of Religious Research 58:343-364.
Bradshaw, Matt, Christopher G. Ellison, and Collin Mueller. 2015. “Listening to Religious Music and Mental Health in Later Life.” The Gerontologist 55(4): 961-971.
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.
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