Dr. Leah Rohlfsen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. She came to SLU after receiving her Ph.D. in Sociology from Arizona State University in 2008. She received her BA from Luther College in Decorah, IA. Her research focuses on gender disparities in physical, mental, and self-rated health among older adults. She also examines gender differences in suicide among the elderly, aging and the sense of control, racial and ethnic differences in health, and occupational turf battles in the health care professions. She was awarded the Susan B. Anthony Aetna Award for Excellence in Research on Older Women and Public Health by the Gerontological Health Section of the American Public Health Association. She regularly teaches the quantitative and qualitative research methods courses as well as courses on aging, death and dying, women's health and aging, and medical sociology.
B.A., Political Science and Sociology
Presentations, Exhibitions, Performances and Published Work:
- Rohlfsen, Leah S. Forthcoming. “Race and Health.” The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism. Wiley-Blackwell Publishers. Invited Submission.
- Rohlfsen, Leah S. and Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld. 2014. “Gender Differences in Functional Health: Latent Curve Analysis Assessing Differential Exposure.” Journals of Gerontology: Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 69(4): 590-602.
- Rohlfsen, Leah S. and Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld. 2014. “Gender Differences in Trajectories of Self-Rated Health in Middle and Old Age: An Examination of Differential Exposure and Differential Vulnerability.” Journal of Aging and Health. 26(4): 637-662.
- Haas, Steven A., Patrick M. Krueger, and Leah S. Rohlfsen. 2012. “Race/Ethnic and Nativity Disparities in Later Life Physical Performance: The Role of Health and Socioeconomic Status over the Life Course.” The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychologi
- Haas, Steven A. and Leah S. Rohlfsen. 2010. “Life Course Determinants of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Functional Health Trajectories.” Social Science and Medicine. 70(2): 240-250.
- Rohlfsen, Leah S. and Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld. 2008. “Functional Ability and Disability among Older Adults with Arthritis: The Impact of Age, Duration of Arthritis, and Severity of Arthritis” in Care for Major Health Problems and Population Health Conce
- Sullivan, Deborah A. and Leah S. Rohlfsen. 2007. “Professional Politics and the Challenge of Anesthesia Availability in Rural Hospitals.” Research in the Sociology of Health Care. 25: 149-167.
Regularly Taught Courses:
- SOC 101: Principles of Sociology
- SOC 231: Sport and Society: Criticism and Controversies
- SOC 246: What's So Bad about Aging w/CBL Component
- SOC 248: SPTP: Women's Health and Aging
- SOC 290: Travel Component for SOC 246 to China
- SOC 300: Qualitative Research Methods
- SOC 301: Quantitative Research Methods
- SOC 308: Death and Dying
Sample Student Projects Supervised:
- Recipient of Tanner Fellowship: April VanOrman: Understanding Poverty in Rural and Urban Areas of the United States” and Advisor for India Study Abroad Project: “Understanding Poverty: Interviews with Social Agencies in India.” 2014.
- Recipient of the Center for International and Intercultural Studies Research Grant: Natalia Cornell-Roberts: “Education as the Great Un-Equalizer: An Exploration of the Chilean Student Education Movement.” 2013.
- Recipient of St. Lawrence University Summer Fellowship: Emily Westcott: A Qualitative and Quantitative Examination of Faculty Perceptions of Students. 2011.
- Recipient of St. Lawrence University Summer Fellowship: Alan Martino: Sexuality among Individuals with Disability: A Study on the Institutional Policies and Actions of Non-Profit and For Profit Organizations. 2010.