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., Thames, K. M., Spence, N. J., & Koeval, C. M. (2020). Where the Fault Lies: Representations of Addiction in Audience Reactions to Media Coverage of the Opioid EpidemicContemporary Drug Problems, 47(2), 83-102.

Russell, D., Luth, E. A., Ryvicker, M., Bowles, K. H., & Prigerson, H. G. (2020). Live Discharge From Hospice Due to Acute Hospitalization: The Role of Neighborhood Socioeconomic Characteristics and Race/EthnicityMedical Care58(4), 320-328.

Russell, D., Baik, D., Jordan, L., Dooley, F., Hummel, S. L., Prigerson, H. G., ... & Creber, R. M. (2019). Factors associated with live discharge of heart failure patients from hospice: a multimethod studyJACC: Heart Failure7(7), 550-557.

Russell, D., Spence, N. J., & Thames, K. M. (2019). ‘It’s so scary how common this is now:’frames in media coverage of the opioid epidemic by Ohio newspapers and themes in Facebook user reactions. Information, Communication & Society22(5), 702-708.

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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