Jessica West


I am a fourth year PhD candidate in Sociology and I specialize in medical sociology and demography. Broadly speaking, I study medicine and health from a social and behavioral perspective. My dissertation focuses on stress proliferation and disability from a life course perspective. I also study health disparities by race/ethnicity and immigration status.

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Phillip Jackson Baugh Fellowship awarded by Phillip Jackson Baugh Endowment (2019 to 2020)

Read, J. G., et al. “Disparities in functional disability among Arab Americans by nativity, immigrant arrival cohort, and country of birth.” Ssm  Population Health, vol. 7, Apr. 2019. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.ssmph.2018.100325. Full Text Open Access Copy

West, Jessica S. “Hearing impairment, social support, and depressive symptoms among U.S. adults: A test of the stress process paradigm.” Social Science & Medicine, vol. 192, Elsevier BV, Nov. 2017, pp. 94–101. Crossref, doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.09.031. Full Text

West, Jessica S., et al. “Revealing Hearing Loss: A Survey of How People Verbally Disclose Their Hearing Loss..” Ear and Hearing, vol. 37, no. 2, Mar. 2016, pp. 194–205. Epmc, doi:10.1097/aud.0000000000000238. Full Text