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Debra J Umberson

Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts

Phone: +1 512 232 6330

Umberson's research focuses on sociological determinants of psychological and physical health with a particular focus on the effects of gender and relationships. Recent publications consider how marital quality and the effect of marital quality on health change over time. Her current research, funded by the National Institute on Aging, considers how different types of social ties affect a range of health behaviors over the life course and how these linkages vary by race and gender. She teaches courses in research methods, sociological perspectives on death and dying, and gender, health and family. Learn more in the feature story "'Til Death Do Us Part?"


Health, marriage, relationships, aging, gender, sexuality, death and dying, death of a parent, transition to adulthood

"Death of a Parent: Transition to a New Adult Identity" (Cambridge University Press, 2003).

?You Make Me Sick: Marital Quality and Health Over the Life Course.? Journal of Health and Social Behavior (2006). ?As Good As It Gets? A Life Course Perspective on Marital Quality.? Social Forces (2005).