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Kristin D. Mickelson

Associate Professor

Education: Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University (1995)

Research Area: Social Psychology

Specialty:  Health and Inequality

Research Interests

My research revolves around a core theme of social relationships in a social context - specifically, understanding how stress impacts social relationships and health. I am interested in how these processes are altered by various social contexts, such as socioeconomic status and gender. My research over the years has covered topics including perceived stigma, discrimination, gender attitudes and social support. My current research is focused on 1) psychosocial models of SES disparities in low birth weight and headaches and 2) understanding the transition to parenthood for fathers and mothers. To address these questions, I utilize field research and secondary data.

Lab Site: Social Relationships & Health Lab

Courses Frequently Taught

  • Inequality in Societies (undergraduate)
  • Individual and Society (undergraduate)
  • Social Structure and Individual Lives (undergraduate)
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Health (graduate)
  • Multivariate Techniques in Sociology; Advanced Data Analysis (graduate)
  • Social Psychology (graduate)


Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Biehle, S.N., & Mickelson, K.D. (2012).  First-time parents' expectations about the division of childcare and play. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 36-45.

Claffey, S. T., & Mickelson, K. D. (2009). Division of household labor and distress: The role of perceived fairness for working mothers. Sex Roles, 60, 819-831.

Mickelson, K. D., & Demmings, J. L. (2009). Impact of support network substitution on low-income women’s health: Are minor children beneficial substitutes? Social Science & Medicine, 68, 80-88.

Mickelson, K. D., & Williams, S. L. (2008). Perceived stigma of poverty and psychological distress: Examination of interpersonal and intrapersonal mediators. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 27, 903-930.

Williams, S. L., & Mickelson, K. D. (2008). A paradox of support seeking and social rejection among the stigmatized. Personal Relationships, 15, 493-509.

Mickelson, K. D., & Claffey, S. T., & Williams, S. L. (2006).  The moderating role of gender and gender role attitudes on the link between spousal support and well-being.  Sex Roles, 55, 73-82.

Mickelson, K. D. & Kubzansky, L. D. (2003). Social distribution of social support: The mediating role of life events. American Journal of Community Psychology, 32, 265-281.

Mickelson, K. D. (2001). Perceived stigma, social support, and depression. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 27, 1046-1056.

Kessler, R. C., Mickelson, K. D., & Williams, D. (1999).  The prevalence, distribution, and mental health correlates of perceived discrimination in the United States.  Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 40, 208-230.

Mickelson, K. D., Kessler, R. C., & Shaver, P. R. (1997). Adult attachment in a nationally representative sample. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73, 1092-1106.

Kristin D. Mickelson
Department of Sociology