Racial and gender disparities in physical and mental health
Bridget Gorman (Ph.D., Sociology and Demography, 2000, Pennsylvania State University) is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Rice University. As a sociologist and demographer, Bridget is interested in how social conditions and experiences shape group differences in health and well-being among children and adults. During her career she has organized her research efforts to examine disparities in morbidity, physical functioning, and medical care use across major U.S. demographic groups – particularly racial/ethnic, nativity, gender, and sexuality groups. She is interested not only in how men vs. women, minorities vs. whites, and the foreign vs. native born differ in health outcomes, but also how these social categories intersect to shape health outcomes (e.g., black women vs. white men, heterosexual men vs. gay men). A guiding framework for her work is that health disparities are driven by fundamental social causes (e.g., socioeconomic status, social integration and support) that underlie and shape group differences in health outcomes. She has built a substantial body of research, with over 40 peer-reviewed articles published in a variety of highly-ranked sociology, demography, and public health journals. Bridget is also an acclaimed teacher and has won multiple awards for teaching, mentoring, and service to the undergraduate student body since starting at Rice University in the fall of 2002.
Altman, Claire E., Bridget K. Gorman, Sergio Chavez, and Federico Ramos Ruiz. “The Mental Well-Being of Central American Transmigrant Men in Mexico.” Global Public Health. DOI:10.1080/17441692.2016.1177568
Gorman, Bridget K., Becky Wade*, and Alexa Solazzo. “Women Go and Men Stay Home? Gender and the Utilization of Preventive Medical Care among Asian and Latino Adults.” Forthcoming in 2016 in Research in the Sociology of Health Care.
Gorman, Bridget K., Cynthia Novoa*, and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. “Migration Decisions, Acculturation, and Overweight among Asian and Latino Immigrant Adults in the United States.” International Migration Review.
Gorman, Bridget K., Justin Denney, Hilary Dowdy*, and Rose Medeiros. 2015. “A New Piece of the Puzzle: Gender, Health, and Sexual Orientation.” Demography 52(4): 1357-1382. DOI: 10.1007/s13524-015-0406-1
Gorman, Bridget K., Joseph Lariscy, and Charisma Kaushik*. 2014. “Gender, Acculturation, and Smoking among Asian and Latino Immigrants.” Social Science & Medicine 106: 110-118. DOI:10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.02.002
Gorman, Bridget K. and Cindy Dinh*. 2013. “Ethnic Group Differences in the Utilization of Preventive Medical Care among Foreign-Born Asian and Latino Adults in the United States.” Research in the Sociology of Health Care 31: 111-142. DOI:10.1108/S0275-4959(2013)0000031008
Denney, Justin, Bridget K. Gorman, and Christina Barrera*. 2013. “Families, Resources, and Health: Where do Sexual Minorities Fit?” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 54(1): 46-63. **Features an introduction from the editor and invited commentary from three separate writers. DOI: 10.1177/0022146512469629