Thomas Fuller-Rowell, Ph.D.
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2010
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My research focuses on understanding how differential life circumstances—as a function of race and social class—influence health disparities across the life span. I approach this topic from a developmental perspective, considering contextual stresses during childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, and the biological and psychological mechanisms for their effects on health.
My goal as a researcher is to contribute to a basic scientific understanding of how stressful experiences influence physical health and development at particular points in the life span. I also take an applied orientation by emphasizing the study of contexts that reveal mechanisms for health inequality. Since racial and socioeconomic differences in health are largely the result of past and present social injustice, I believe that understanding and addressing these disparities should be a high priority for social scientists, political leaders, and society.
In recent work, I have considered the impact of social class discrimination on the physical health of adolescents from low income families, and the physiological consequences of negative stereotypes and discrimination for minority college students attending predominantly White colleges.