American Sociological Association

Sociology of Mental Health

The purpose of the Section on Sociology of Mental Health is to provide an integrative supportive framework for research on social factors in mental health. The Mental Health Section considers issues ranging from serious mental disorders to subjective indicators of quality of life. The focus is on research and theory pertaining to social processes and mental health functioning.

Section Officers & Council


Chair: Alisa K. Lincoln, Northeastern University 2019
Chair-Elect: Kristen Marcussen, Kent State University 2019
Past Chair: Scott Schieman, University of Toronto 2019
Section Secretary/Treasurer: Brea Louise Perry, Indiana University 2020
Section Nominations Committee Chair: Christina Falci, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2019
Section Nominations Committee Chair: Lijun Song, Vanderbilt University 2020
Section Publications Committee Chair: Patricia Drentea, University of Alabama-Birmingham 2019
Section Memb Cmte Chair: Christy LaShaun Erving, Vanderbilt University 2019
Section Award Committee Chair: Teresa L. Scheid, University of North Carolina-Charlotte 2020
Student Representative: Tanya Rouleau Whitworth, University of Massachusetts-Amherst 2020
Section Webmaster: Richard Edward Adams, Kent State University 2025

Section Council

Jennifer Caputo, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research 2019

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