Core Faculty & Staff

Jonathan M. Metzl

Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health, and Society

Director of Center for Medicine, Health, and Society

Professor of Psychiatry

Email
(615) 343-2504
315 Calhoun Hall
http://www.jonathanmetzl.com/

  • Health and mental health
  • Race, ethnicity
  • Social movements, politics, and power
  • Gender and sexuality

Hector Myers

Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society; Professor of Psychology

Email
(615) 322-0856
503 Wilson Hall

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
  • Health of African-Americans
  • Psychosocial Factors
  • Stress and Coping

Dominique P. Béhague

Associate Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society

Email
(615) 322-0919
323 Calhoun Hall

  • Psychiatry, reproductive health and the politics of global health research
  • Ethnography of Brazil and the anthropology of health and biomedicine

Derek M. Griffith

Associate Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society

Email
(615) 322-0648
319 Calhoun Hall

  • Men’s health
  • Social determinants of health disparities
  • Mixed methods
  • Community-based participatory research

Martha W. Jones

Associate Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society

Email
(615) 343-0771
302A Calhoun Hall

  • Demography
  • Disability
  • Applied Statistics
  • Public Finance

Aimi Hamraie

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society

Email
(615) 322-0856
327 Calhoun Hall

  • Critical disability studies
  • Feminist science studies
  • History and philosophy of science and medicine
  • Architectural and design studies

Kenneth MacLeish

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society

Email
(615) 322-0792
325 Calhoun Hall

  • The US military and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Military medicine and mental health
  • Violence and everyday life
  • Embodiment, affect, and trauma

Courtney S. Muse

Senior Lecturer of Medicine, Health, and Society

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Director of Advising

Email
(615) 322-1764
329 Calhoun Hall

  • Sociology of mental health and illness
  • Illness identities in social movement mobilization
  • Social psychology and gender
  • Sexuality and sexual identity

Tara McKay

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society

Affiliated Faculty in the Sociology Department

Email

(615) 322-0718
300 Calhoun Hall
www.taramckayphd.com
  • Medical sociology
  • Gender and sexualities
  • Global health
  • Health Policy

JuLeigh Petty

Senior Lecturer of Medicine, Health, and Society

Assistant Director of Center for Medicine, Health, and Society

Email

(615) 343-0916
331 Calhoun Hall
  • Standardization of medicine
  • Role of epidemiological evidence in medical decision-making
  • Regulation and ethics of research
  • HIV/AIDS

Lijun Song 

Associate Professor of Sociology

Associate Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society

Email
(615) 322-1731
220C Garland Hall

  • Social Networks
  • Medical Sociology
  • Stratification (Gender, Race, and Class)
  • Social Psychology
  • Marriage and Family
  • Chinese Society

Laura Stark

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society & History

Email
(615) 322-0699
321 Calhoun Hall

  • History of ethics
  • Bureaucracy in everyday practice

Odie Lindsey

Senior Lecturer

Email
615) 343-0916
333 Calhoun Hall

  • War
  • Gender
  • Sexuality and the South
  • The role of the body in southern literature and culture

Gabriel Mendes

Senior Lecturer

Email
615-875-0312
220F Garland Hall

  • History of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Public Health
  • Philosophy of the Human Sciences
  • African American Social, Cultural, Political, and Intellectual History

Celina Callahan-Kapoor

Senior Lecturer

Email
615-875-0289
220D Garland Hall

  • Medical Anthropology
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • U.S./Mexico Borderlands
  • Chronic illness
  • Media

Marino A. Bruce

PhD, MSRC, MDiv

Email
Center for Research on Men’s Health Vanderbilt University
(615) 936-3610

  • Men’s Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Integrative Health
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Community Engaged Research

Jacquelyn Cruz

Office Assistant

Email

Amy Cui

Communications Assistant

Dustin Cai

MHS Support

Email

Adrienne Parks

MHS Support

Email

Affiliated Faculty

Chase Lesane-Brown

Research Assistant Professor of Psychology, Peabody College

chase.lesane-brown@vanderbilt.edu

  • Families
  • Illness behavior/psychosomatic disorder
  • Pain
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Stress and coping

Jennifer Lee

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine

jennifer.lee.1@vanderbilt.edu

  • Dermatology

Velma Murry

Professor & Betts Chair, Dept. of Human & Organizational Development

velma.m.murry@vanderbilt.edu

  • Impact of racism on family functioning
  • External stressors and protective factors on African American families
  • Studies of African American families and youth

Evelyn Patterson 

Assistant Professor of Sociology; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society

evelyn.patterson@vanderbilt.edu

  • Correctional Populations
  • Mortality
  • Mathematical Demography
  • Statistics

Holly Tucker

Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society; Professor of French

holly.tucker@vanderbilt.edu

  • History of Medicine (17th-18th centuries)
  • Medicine and Literature
  • Narrative Medicine
  • French Cultural Studies

Tony N. Brown

Associate Professor of Sociology; Associate Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society

tony.n.brown@vanderbilt.edu

  • Race and Racism
  • Social Psychology
  • Mental Health
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Survey Design

Terry A. Maroney

Associate Professor of Law; Associate Professor of Medicine, Health and Society

terry.a.maroney@vanderbilt.edu

  • Explores how cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience can illuminate critical issues in law
  • Examines the role of emotion in judging

Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo

Associate Professor

i.nwankwo@vanderbilt.edu

  • U.S. African American Literature and Popular Music
  • Caribbean Literature and Popular Music
  • Using Life Narratives in Aging Research and Translation

A. Scott Pearson

Associate Professor of Surgery and Medicine; Associate Professor of Medicine, Health and Society

scott.pearson@Vanderbilt.Edu

Sarah Igo

Associate Professor of History; Associate Professor of History and Political Science; Associate Professor of Medicine, Health and Society; Associate Professor of Sociology

sarah.igo@Vanderbilt.Edu

  • Modern American cultural and intellectual history
  • The history of the human sciences, the sociology of knowledge
  • The history of the public sphere

Melissa McPheeters

Research Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Research Associate Professor of Medicine, Health and Society

melissa.mcpheeters@vanderbilt.edu

  • Evidence-based medicine and comparative effectiveness
  • Combines research translation and policy, including the role of stakeholders in CER, with the use of large databases and conduct of systematic reviews

Michele Orsini

Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at MHS

michele.orsini@vanderbilt.edu

  • Health policy
  • Interest groups and social movements
  • Critical disability studies
  • Autism politics and policy

Matthew Ramsey

Professor of History, Emeritus; Founding Director and Professor Emeritus Center for Medicine, Health and Society

matthew.ramsey@Vanderbilt.Edu

  • History of modern France
  • History of medicine, public health, and public assistance
  • European cultural history in the 18th and 19th centuries

Joint Appointed Faculty

Anthropology

Beth Conklin
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology profile

beth.e.conklin@vanderbilt.edu

  • Medical anthropology
  • Anthropology of the body
  • Cannibalism
  • Death and mourning
Thomas Gregor
Emeritus
Department of Anthropology profile

Thomas.a.gregor@vanderbilt.edu

  • Psychological anthropology
  • Gender roles and sexuality
  • Peace and aggression
  • Psychoanalysis and culture
Norbert Ross
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology profile

norbert.o.ross@vanderbilt.edu

  • Cognitive anthropology
  • Culture and cognition
  • Children’s acquisition of cultural knowledge
  • Cultural change
Tiffiny Tung
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology profile

tiffiny.tung@vanderbilt.edu

  • Bioarchaeology
  • Paleopathology
  • Violence-related trauma
  • Ritual uses of the human body and body parts
  • Imperialism

Biological Sciences

Julián F. Hillyer
Assistant Professor
Hillyer Lab profile

julian.hillyer@vanderbilt.edu

  • Mosquito immunology and physiology
  • Host-parasite interactions
Carl H. Johnson
Stevenson Professor
Johnson Laboratory profile

carl.h.johnson@Vanderbilt.Edu

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology of Biological Clocks
Laurence Zwiebel
Professor
Zwiebel Lab profile

l.zwiebel@Vanderbilt.Edu

  • Comprehensive study of olfaction and olfactory-based behaviors in malaria and other disease vector mosquitoes

Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

Kevin T. Seale
Assistant Professor of the Practice of Biomedical Engineering

kevin.t.seale@vanderbilt.edu

  • Searle Systems Biology and Bioengineering Undergraduate Research Experience

Chemistry

David W. Wright
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry profile

david.wright@vanderbilt.edu

  • Design, synthesis and characterization of organic templates capable of mediating the growth of biological important biominera

Economics

Kathryn Anderson
Associate Professor
Department of Economics profile

kathryn.anderson@vanderbilt.edu

  • Labor and economic development

English

Jay Clayton
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor
Department of English profile

jay.clayton@vanderbilt.edu

  • Victorian literature
  • Genetics and literature
  • Digital technology and online narratives
  • Contemporary fiction
Kate Daniels
Professor of English & Creative Writing
Department of English profile

kate.daniels@vanderbilt.edu

  • Creative Writing: Poetry
  • 19th & 20th Century American Poetry
  • Women’s Poetry
  • Psychoanalysis and Poetry
Leah Marcus
Edwin Mims Professor of English
Department of English profile

l.marcus@vanderbilt.edu

  • Literature and medicine
  • Constructions of the body

Ethnomusicology

Gregory F. Barz
Professor of Musicology (Ethnomusicology); Associate Professor of Religion
Blair School of Music profile

gregory.barz@vanderbilt.edu

  • Medical ethnomusicologist specializing in music and medicine in sub-Saharan Africa

French and Italian

Nathalie Dieu-Porter
Academic Director, Center for Second Language Studies
Department of French and Italian profile

nathalie.d.porter@vanderbilt.edu

  • Second language acquisition
  • Bilingual studies
  • Grammar
  • Business
  • Comparative study of medicine and healthcare systems
  • Translation and interpretation

German

John McCarthy
Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature, Professor of European Studies
Department of German, Russian, and East European Studies profile

john.a.mccarthy@vanderbilt.edu

  • Goethe and the life sciences
  • Poet doctors
  • Mental and physical health in literature
  • Genetics and Guenter Grass

History

Michael Bess
Chancellor’s Professor of History, Professor of European Studies
Department of History profile

m.bess@vanderbilt.edu

  • History of the social and ethical implications of technological change
  • 20th-century European history
Katherine Crawford
Professor of History, Director of Women’s and Gender Studies
Department of History profile

katherine.b.crawford@vanderbilt.edu

  • Gender and sexuality
  • France
  • Early modern Europe
  • Visual and popular culture
Dennis C. Dickerson
James M. Lawson, Jr. Professor of History
Department of History profile

dennis.c.dickerson@vanderbilt.edu

  • 19th & 20th century American history and African American history labor
  • Religion
  • U. S. civil rights movement
Sarah Igo
Associate Professor of History, Associate Professor of Political Science; Associate, Professor of Sociology; Associate Professor of Law, Director American Studies Program
Department of History profile

sarah.igo@vanderbilt.edu

  • Modern American cultural and intellectual history
  • The history of the human sciences, the sociology of knowledge
  • The history of the public sphere
Jane Landers
Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History
Department of History profile

jane.landers@vanderbilt.edu

  • History of colonial Latin America
  • Atlantic World
  • Afro-circum-Caribbean borderlands
  • Comparative slave systems
  • Women and gender in colonial Latin America
Ruth Rogaski
Associate Professor of History; Affiliated Faculty, Asian Studies Program; Co-Director Vanderbilt History Seminar
Department of History profile

ruth.rogaski@vanderbilt.edu

  • History of Qing and 20-century China
  • History of medicine and science
  • Women and gender
  • 19th and 20th century social and cultural history
Arleen Marcia Tuchman
Professor of History
Department of History profile

arleen.m.tuchman@vanderbilt.edu

  • History of science and medicine
  • History of disease
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Culture and the body

Human and Organizational Development (Peabody College)

Sharon Shields
Associate Dean for Professional Education, Office of the Dean; Professor of the Practice & Associate Dean, Dept. of Human & Organizational Development
Peabody College profile

sharon.l.shields@vanderbilt.edu

  • Community health and human issues

Philosophy

Lenn E. Goodman
Professor of Philosophy, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities
Department of Philosophy profile

lenn.e.goodman@vanderbilt.edu

  • Metaphysics
  • Ethics
  • Islamic and Jewish Philosophy
  • Political Philosophy
  • Medieval Philosophy
John Lachs
Centennial Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy profile

john.lachs@vanderbilt.edu

  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Political philosophy
  • Ethics

Psychology

Richard C. McCarty

Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology profile

richard.mccarty@vanderbilt.edu

  • Physiological and behavioral adaptions to stress and factors contributing to development of hypertension
Timothy P. McNamara

Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology profile

t.mcnamara@vanderbilt.edu

  • Mechanisms of memory retrieval
  • Spatial memory
  • Text comprehension
David G. Schlundt

Associate Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology profile

d.schlundt@vanderbilt.edu

  • Nutrition and behavior in chronic disease
  • Health disparities

Psychology and Human Development (Peabody College)

Bruce Compas

Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair of Psychology and Human Development; Professor of Pediatrics; Investigator, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development
Psychological Sciences profile

bruce.compas@vanderbilt.edu

  • Processes of coping and self-regulation in response to stress and adversity in children, adolescents, and adults
Kathleen Hoover-Dempsey

Professor of Psychology & Human Development, Emerita
Psychological Sciences profile

kathleen.v.hoover-dempsey@vanderbilt.edu

  • Parental involvement in children’s and adolescents’ education and the influence of family engagement on student learning outcomes

Religious Studies

Sociology

Karen E. Campbell

Associate Professor of Sociology Emerita; Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Arts and Science; Affiliated Faculty, Women and Gender Studies
Department of Sociology profile

karen.e.campbell@vanderbilt.edu

  • Gender Inequality
  • Occupations and Professions
  • Social Networks
Laura M. Carpenter

Associate Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology profile

l.carpenter@vanderbilt.edu

  • Gender, Sex & Sexuality
  • Health and Medicine,
  • Aging and the Life Course,
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Mass Media and Journalism
C. André Christie-Mizell

Professor of Sociology; Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education,
College of Arts and Science; Health Policy Associate, Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College; Affiliated Faculty, Center for Medicine, Health and Society
Department of Sociology profile

andre.christie-mizell@vanderbilt.edu

  • Social Psychology
  • Physical and Mental Health
  • Family
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Statistics
  • Quantitative Methods
Katharine M. Donato

Professor of Sociology; Affiliated Faculty, Political Science; Affiliated Faculty, Women and Gender Studies
Department of Sociology profile

katharine.donato@vanderbilt.edu

  • International Migration between Mexico and the U.S.
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Immigrants in the U.S. Economy
  • Ethnic and Gender Stratification
R. Jay Turner

Harvie Branscomb Distinguished Professor of Sociology Emeritus; Affiliated Professor and Psychiatric Director, Center for Research on Health Disparities
Department of Sociology profile

r.jay.turner@vanderbilt.edu

  • Mental Health/Substance Use Problems
  • Psychiatric Epidemiology

Spanish and Portuguese

Lori Catanzaro

Senior Lecturer
Department of Spanish & Portuguese profile

lori.catanzaro@vanderbilt.edu

  • Spanish and Portuguese
  • Spanish for the Medical Professions
Benigno Trigo

Department Chair; Professor of Spanish
Department of Spanish & Portuguese profile

benigno.trigo@vanderbilt.edu

  • 19th-Century Spanish American Literature
  • Literary Theory
  • Modernism, and Psychoanalysis

Vanderbilt Divinity School

Victor Anderson

Oberlin Theological School Professor of Ethics and Society; Professor of the Program in African American and Diaspora Studies and Religious Studies
Divinity School profile

victor.anderson@vanderbilt.edu

Vanderbilt Law School

James F. Blumstein

University Professor of Constitutional Law and Health Law & Policy; Professor of Management, Owen Graduate School of Management; Director, Vanderbilt Health Policy Center
Law School profile

james.blumstein@vanderbilt.edu

  • Health law and public policy
  • Constitutional law
Joni Hersch

Professor of Law and Economics; Co-Director, Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics
Law School profile

joni.hersch@vanderbilt.edu

  • Labor Economics
  • Discrimination
  • Law and Economics
W. Kip Viscusi

University Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics, and Management; Co-Director, Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics
Law School profile

kip.viscusi@vanderbilt.edu

  • Tort reform
  • Risk and insurance
  • Law and economics

Owen Graduate School of Management

Bart Victor

Cal Turner Professor of Moral Leadership
Owen Graduate School of Management profile

bart.victor@owen.vanderbilt.edu

  • Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Communications
  • Organization Studies
Tim Vogus

Associate Professor of Management
Owen Graduate School of Management profile

timothy.vogus@owen.vanderbilt.edu

  • Organization Studies
  • Health Care

Vanderbilt Schools of Medicine and Nursing

Medicine

Carolyn M. Audet

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy
School of Medicine profile

carolyn.m.audet@vanderbilt.edu

  • Understanding health seeking behavior and traditional treatment practices in resource limited settings
Frank H. Boehm

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
School of Medicine profile

frank.boehm@vanderbilt.edu

Joseph Burton Fanning

Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine profile

joe.fanning@vanderbilt.edu

  • Understanding the connections between clinical ethics and the skills that promote strong clinician-patient relationships
George C. Hill

Professor, Dept. of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology; Levi Watkins, Jr. Professor in Medical Education; Assistant Vice Chancellor for Multicultural Affairs; Special Assistant to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
School of Medicine profile

George.Hill@vanderbilt.edu

  • Pediatric Clinical Ethics
  • Primary Care Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Weight Management
John L. Tarpley

Professor of Surgery and Anesthesiology Emeritus, Department of Surgery, Section of Surgical Sciences; Program Director Emeritus, General Surgery Residency
School of Medicine profile

john.tarpley@vanderbilt.edu

  • Mosquito immunology and physiology
  • Host-parasite interactions
Peter I. Buerhaus

Professor of Nursing, Montana State University College of Nursing; Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies
School of Medicine profile

peter.buerhaus@montana.edu

  • Monitoring and analyzing trends in employment and earnings, and the age composition of the nurse and physician workforces
  • Developing, testing and refining measures of nurse-sensitive quality of care
Larry R. Churchill

Professor of Medicine; Ann Geddes Stahlman Chair in Medical Ethics
School of Medicine profile

larry.churchill@vanderbilt.edu

Douglas C. Heimburger

Associate Director for Education and Training, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health; Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine profile

douglas.heimburger@vanderbilt.edu

Chandra Osborn

Assistant Professor
School of Medicine profile

chandra.osborn@vanderbilt.edu

  • Health Disparities
  • Health Literacy & Numeracy
  • Diabetes
  • Medication Adherence
  • Behavior Change
Sten H. Vermund

Vice President for Global Health; Director, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health; Amos Christie Chair of Global Health; Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, Preventive Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology
School of Medicine profile

globalhealth.info@vanderbilt.edu

  • Epidemiology
  • HIV/AIDS
  • HPV
  • Global Health
  • International Health
  • Infectious Disease
Melinda J. Beeuwkes Buntin

Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy
School of Medicine profile

melinda.buntin@vanderbilt.edu

  • Health Economics, Health Care Spending, Medicare, Medicaid, Payment Reform, Insurance
Ellen W. Clayton

Professor of Pediatrics; Rosalind E. Franklin Professor of Genetics and Health Policy; Professor of Law; Craig-Weaver Chair in Pediatrics; Co-founder, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society
School of Medicine profile

ellen.clayton@Vanderbilt.Edu

  • Intersection of law, medicine and public health
Elizabeth Heitman

Associate Professor of Medicine; Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
School of Medicine profile

elizabeth.heitman@vanderbilt.edu

Russell L. Rothman

Vice President for Population Health Research; Professor of Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics; Professor of Health Policy
School of Medicine profile

russell.rothman@vanderbilt.edu

  • Health Services Research
  • Diabetes and Obesity Management and Prevention
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Communication
Lynn S. Walker

Professor of Pediatrics; Director, Adolescent and Young Adult Health
School of Medicine profile

lynn.walker@vanderbilt.edu

  • Research Emphasis
  • Chronic pain in adolescents

School of Nursing

Carol A. Etherington

Associate Director of Community Health Initiatives, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health; Associate Professor of Nursing Emerita
School of Medicine profile

carol.etherington@vanderbilt.edu

  • Teaches medical, nursing and interdisciplinary groups of graduate students in community health, global health and caring for victims of violence
Melanie Lutenbacher

Associate Professor of Nursing and Medicine (General Pediatrics)
School of Nuraing profile

melanie.lutenbacher@vanderbilt.edu

  • Community and home-based interventions to prevent or reduce known risks associated with preterm births, at-risk parenting, and a rapid repeat pregnancy
  • Family-centered systems of care for high-risk families
  • Maternal psychosocial predictors of abusive or at-risk parenting.
Rolanda Johnson

Assistant Dean for Academics; Associate Professor
School of Nursing profile

rolanda.johnson@vanderbilt.edu

  • Health promotion of African-Americans
  • Black racial identity
  • Genetics & Obesity
Linda D. Norman

Valere Potter Menefee Professor in Nursing; Dean of Vanderbilt School of Nursing
School of Nursing profile

linda.norman@vanderbilt.edu

  • Quality improvement and program evaluation
Jana Lauderdale

Assistant Dean for Office of Diversity & Inclusion
School of Nursing profile

jana.lauderdale@vanderbilt.edu

  • Health disparities
  • Native American women’s health
  • Minority nursing students’ educational issues
Ken Wallston

Professor of Psychology; Joe B. Wyatt Distinguished University Professor
School of Nursing profile

ken.wallston@vanderbilt.edu

  • Psychometric measurement
  • Perceived control of health; health locus of control; perceived competence
  • Adaptation to chronic illness
  • Health literacy and numeracy; public health literacy

Tennessee Department of Health

Abelardo C. Moncayo

Senior Epidemiologist and State Medical Entomologist; Director of the Vector-Borne Disease Section, Tennessee Department of Health; Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
School of Medicine profile

abelardo.moncayo@vanderbilt.edu