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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Mieke Beth Thomeer

M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Mieke Beth Thomeer



Mieke Beth Thomeer is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and a Population Research Center trainee. She specializes in studying health, relationships, and gender. She is primarily interested in mental and physical health changes over the life course and how social relationships impact health and health care, particularly in the oldest ages. She uses both qualitative and quantitative methods. Her dissertation uses quantitative dyadic longitudinal methods and a life course and gender relations framework to examine how the experience of having a spouse diagnosed with a chronic condition unfolds over time, with a specific focus on psychological distress. Other projects include examining how sexual minority status shapes well-being, how nursing home risk is influenced by sociodemographic characteristics, how depression is spread within marriage through emotion work processes, and how parenthood impacts health habits throughout the life course. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Public HealthSociety and Mental Health, and the Handbook of the Sociology of Mental Health.

SOC 308 • Intro To Health And Society

46293 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm UTC 3.124
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This course offers a broad multidisciplinary overview that introduces students to the study of health and society. Basic topics include health patterns, health behavior, medical care, and health policy in social, demographic, cultural, economic, political, and ethical contexts. Basic methodological approaches to studying these topics will be covered. While this course will provide a broad multidisciplinary overview of health and society, we will more specifically address the issue of body weight and obesity from a health and society perspective. This focus on body weight/obesity will be used to illustrate major theoretical principles, research methods, and policy strategies through a multidisciplinary lens.


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