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Carol Aneshensel

Carol Aneshensel

Carol Aneshensel (born 1947) is an American sociologist. She specializes in the sociology of mental health, focusing especially on how social inequalities lead to corresponding disparities in mental health.[1] She is currently professor and vice chair for the Department of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).[2]


Aneshensel received her B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociology at Cornell University.[3]


Aneshensel specializes in mental health and medical sociology. Her research investigates connections between how society is organized and how that relates to mental health of its citizens,[4] specifically focusing on the way that social inequalities around gender, socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and age lead to differences in mental health along those differentiators.[2] She has worked with large survey samples and utilizes complex statistical analysis of data spanning multiple life stages of subjects.

Aneshensel studied the epidemiology of depression and help-seeking behavior under a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (1984-1987). Under continued support from NIMH, she studied models of ethnicity and depression over time, (1987-1992),[5] sources of stress and depressive symptoms in adolescents (1988-1992),[6] and social origins and emotional impact of adolescent stress (1992-1997).[7][8] She was funded by the California Department of Health Services, Alzheimer's Disease to research the long-term impact of family caregiving (1999-2000).[9] She followed this by a study of neighborhood, socioeconomic status, and adolescent distress beginning in 2000, and later neighborhood SES and emotional distress in old age, both supported by grants from NIMH.


She has written and edited several books, such as the Handbook of the Sociology of Mental Health and Theory-Based Data Analysis for the Social Sciences. Aneshensel has also published numerous papers.[9][10]

Awards and honors

Reuters named her as a highly cited scientist in 2001,[11] and she is on the Institute for Scientific Information's Highly Cited Researchers List. Aneshensel's book, Theory-Based Data Analysis for the Social Sciences, received honorable mention for best publication in 2003 from the Sociology of Mental Health section of the American Sociological Association (ASA).

Aneshensel received the ASA's Leonard I. Pearlin Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Sociological Study of Mental Health in 2004[12]

She won the ASA's Leo G. Reeder Award for Distinguished Contribution to Medical Sociology in 2008.[13]


  1. James Holstein; Jaber F. Gubrium (March 21, 2003). Inside Interviewing: New Lenses, New Concerns. SAGE Publications. pp. 181–. ISBN 978-0-7619-2851-5.
  2. "Carol S. Aneshensel | Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health". Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  3. "Carol S. Aneshensel". Archived from the original on March 12, 2018. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  4. Thomas B. Edsall (August 2007). Building Red America: The New Conservative Coalition and the Drive for Permanent Power. Basic Books. pp. 37–. ISBN 978-0-465-01816-1.
  5. David Sciulli (January 1, 2001). Corporate Power in Civil Society. NYU Press. pp. 539–. ISBN 978-0-8147-3995-2.
  6. Earl Babbie (January 1, 2015). The Practice of Social Research. Cengage Learning. pp. 110–. ISBN 978-1-305-44556-7.
  7. Chapel Hill School of Law Maxine Eichner Professor of Law University of North Carolina (September 17, 2010). The Supportive State : Families, Government, and America's Political Ideals: Families, Government, and America's Political Ideals. Oxford University Press, USA. pp. 190–. ISBN 978-0-19-971122-2.
  8. Kathryn Neckerman (June 18, 2004). Social Inequality. Russell Sage Foundation. pp. 133–. ISBN 978-1-61044-420-0.
  9. Iain Wilkinson (August 27, 2002). Anxiety in a 'Risk' Society. Routledge. pp. 79–. ISBN 1-134-58859-3.
  10. Opus. Warwick Publishing Group. 2004. p. 269.
  11. "Highly Cited Researchers". Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  12. "American Sociological Association: Section on the Sociology of Mental Health Past Award Recipients". March 8, 2011. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  13. "Medical Sociology Newsletter" (PDF). January 22, 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 8, 2014. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
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