Linda H. Aiken is the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing, professor of sociology, and director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics and research associate in the Population Studies Center. Before joining the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 1988, Aiken was vice president of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Aiken received her bachelors and masters degrees in nursing from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and her Ph.D.
Elizabeth M. Armstrong has research interests in public health, the history and sociology of medicine, social determinants of health, and medical ethics. She is the author of Conceiving Risk, Bearing Responsibility: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the Diagnosis of Moral Disorder (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003) and articles on family planning, medical mistakes, adolescent motherhood, and the sociology of pregnancy and birth. Her current research includes a longitudinal study of agenda setting around disease in the U.S. and a study of fetal personhood and obstetrical ethics.
Laurie J. Bauman is professor of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and director of the Preventive Intervention Research Center. She has conducted multiple NIH-funded studies and randomized trials that applied sociological theory to the prevention of mental health problems secondary to physical conditions in children and their parents.
Peter Bearman is the director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theories and Empirics at Columbia University. He has been on the faculty of Columbia University since 1998 when he joined as a professor of sociology. He is the Cole Professor of the Social Sciences and Co-Director of the RWJF Health & Society Scholars Program. He was the founding director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy and a former chair of the sociology and statistics departments at Columbia University.
Charles L. Bosk is professor of sociology and anesthesiology and critical care at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a fellow of The Hastings Center and in 2013 was recipient of the Leo G. Reeder Award from Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association for distinguished contributions to Medical Sociology. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2013.
Phil Brown is a professor of sociology and environmental studies. His research includes disputes over environmental causation of illness, community response to toxic waste-induced disease, race and class differences in exposure to environmental hazards, and the Jewish cultural experience in the Catskill Mountains resort area. His books include No Safe Place: Toxic Waste, Leukemia, and Community Action, Illness and the Environment (edited), Social Movements in Health (edited), and Perspectives in Medical Sociology (edited).
Hannah Brückner works on a wide range of topics related to the life course, inequality, health, gender and sexuality. She is the author of Gender Inequality in the Life Course and has published numerous chapters and articles about gender inequality in the labor force and in retirement, and the integration of women in academic workplaces. Findings from her research on adolescent health and sexual behavior were featured in news media across the country, including the New York Times and 60 Minutes.
Lawton R. Burns is the James Joo-Jin Kim Professor and Chair of the Health Care Management Department in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also Director of the Wharton Center for Health Management & Economics. Dr. Burns teaches courses on healthcare strategy, strategic change, organization and management, managed care, and integrated delivery systems. From 1998-2002, he was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, where he taught corporate strategy to physicians.
Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD, MPH, is a social scientist and physician who conducts research on social factors that affect health, health care, and longevity. He directs the Human Nature Lab at Yale University, and is the Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science. He is the Sol Goldman Family Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale University.
Dalton Conley is the Henry Putnam University Professor in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University. Previously, he was Senior Vice Provost and Dean for the Social Sciences. He also holds appointments at NYU's Wagner School of Public Service, as an adjunct professor of community medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and as a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). In 2005, Conley became the first sociologist to win the NSF's Alan T. Waterman Award.