Richard M. Carpiano
Richard M. Carpiano

Professor of Public Policy and Sociology

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Richard Carpiano is Professor of Public Policy and Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. He is also the co-editor (with Brian Kelly of Purdue University) of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, the leading journal for medical sociology scholarship.

Carpiano is a medical sociologist and population health scientist who studies how social factors, such as socioeconomic status, race-ethnicity, social connections, and community conditions, contribute to the physical and mental health of adults and children. His research focuses on an extensive range of health issues and populations, spanning the life course and US and international contexts. Some of his current and past projects examine social determinants of child undernutrition in India, childhood asthma, early child development, HPV vaccination, smoking and alcohol use among adults, body mass index among Danish women, substance use and sexual risk among gay men, suicide ideation among Canadian immigrants, and life expectancy/mortality risk among high status individuals. The most recent arm of Carpiano’s research program investigates social, behavioral, and attitudinal factors underlying child vaccination uptake and coverage (and refusal or delay) in the US and Canada. His solo- and co-authored publications have appeared in forums such as the American Journal of Public HealthAmerican Sociological ReviewHealth & Place, Journal of Health and Social BehaviorSocial Science & Medicine, and Sociology of Health & Illness.

Carpiano received his Ph.D. (2004) in Sociomedical Sciences (with concentration in Sociology) from Columbia University, his M.P.H. (2001) from Case Western Reserve University, and M.A. (1998) and B.A. (1997) in Sociology from Baylor University. From 2004-2006, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Carpiano, R. M., & Chi, D. L. (2018). Parents’ attitudes towards topical fluoride and vaccines for children: Are these distinct or overlapping phenomena? Preventive Medicine Reports10, 123-128. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2018.02.014 (Open access)

Pan, S. W., Carpiano, R. M., Li, D., Zhang, Z., Schechter, M. T., Spittal, P. M., & Ruan, Y. (2018). Ethnicity and HIV vulnerabilities among men who have sex with men in China. AIDS Care30, 1025-1030. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2018.1428727

Rugel, E. J., Henderson, S. B., Carpiano, R. M., & Brauer, M. (2017). Beyond the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI): Developing a Natural Space Index for population-level health research. Environmental Research159, 474-483.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2017.08.033

Carpiano, R. M., & Fitz, N. S. (2017). Public attitudes toward child undervaccination: A randomized experiment on evaluations, stigmatizing orientations, and support for policies. Social Science & Medicine185, 127-136. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.05.014

Story, W. T., & Carpiano, R. M. (2017). Household social capital and socioeconomic inequalities in child undernutrition in rural India. Social Science & Medicine181, 112-121. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.03.043

Carpiano, R. M., & Kelly, B. C. (2017). Fostering Medical Sociology’s bridges and bonds: A note from the new editors. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 58, 1-2. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022146517691477

Saegert, S. & Carpiano, R. M. (2017). Social support and social capital: A theoretical synthesis using community psychology and community sociology approaches. In M. A. Bond, C. Keys, & I. Serrano-García (Eds.), American Psychological Association Handbook of Community Psychology Vol. 1, (pp. 295-314). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/14953-014


Elected a board member of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science

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