David Russell, Ph.D.

 David Russell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Appalachian State University. He earned his PhD in Sociology from Florida State University in 2007. Prior to joining the faculty at Appalachian State, he was a Senior Evaluation Scientist in the Center for Home Care Policy & Research at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. He also completed a National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mental Health Services and Systems at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers University. His research interests include medical sociology, aging and the life course, stress and mental health. His work utilizes both quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the social organization and outcomes of health care services including home health and hospice care. His work has been published widely in outlets including the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Medical Care, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and Health Affairs

 Courses Taught

  • Senior Capstone
  • Social Statistics and Data Analysis
  • Medical Sociology
  • The Sociological Perspective

Research Interests

  • Medical Sociology
  • Aging & the Life Course
  • Sociology of Stress and Mental Health 
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods

Recent Publications

Russell, D., Burgdorf, J. G., Kramer, C., & Chase, J. A. D. (2021). Family Caregivers' Conceptions of Trust in Home Health Care Providers. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 14(4), 200-210.

Weissman, J. D., Lim, S., Durr, M., El Shahawy, O., & Russell, D. (2021). The current social environment and its association with serious psychological distress among adults who identify as lesbian, gay, and bisexual: findings from the National Health Interview Survey (2013–2018). Journal of Public Health, 1-9.

Widmar, M., Keskin, M., Strombom, P., Gennarelli, R. L., Szeglin, B. C., Smith, J. J., Nash, G.M., Weiser, M.R., Paty, P.B., Russell, D. & Garcia-Aguilar, J. (2021). Evaluating the Validity of the Clavien-Dindo Classification in Colectomy Studies: A 90-Day Cost of Care Analysis. Diseases of the Colon & Rectum.

Luth, E. A., Russell, D. J., Xu, J. C., Lauder, B., Ryvicker, M. B., Dignam, R. R., ... & Prigerson, H. G. Survival in hospice patients with dementia: the effect of home hospice and nurse visits. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Published Ahead-of-Print.

Russell, D., Dowding, D., Trifilio, M., McDonald, M. V., Song, J., Adams, V., ... & Shang, J. (2021) Individual, social, and environmental factors for infection risk among home healthcare patients: A multi‐method study. Health & Social Care in the Community, Published Ahead-of-Print. 

Dowding, D., Russell, D., McDonald, M. V., Trifilio, M., Song, J., Brickner, C., & Shang, J. (2021). “A catalyst for action”: Factors for implementing clinical risk prediction models of infection in home care settings. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 28(2), 334-341.

Stoddard, M. D., Russell, D., McDonald, M. V., Dignam, R., Bowles, K. H., Prigerson, H. G., & Chughtai, B. (2020). Nurse Perspectives on Urinary Incontinence in the Home Hospice Setting. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Published Ahead-of-Print.

Adams, V., Song, J., Shang, J., McDonald, M., Dowding, D., Ojo, M., & Russell, D. (2020). Infection Prevention and Control Practices in the Home Environment: Examining Enablers and Barriers to Adherence among Home Health Care Nurses. American Journal of Infection Control, Published Ahead-of-Print.

Title: Assistant Professor, Graduate Programs Director
Department: Department of Sociology

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6391

Office address
228B Chapell Wilson Hall


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