Dr. Leah Rohlfsen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Arizona State University in 2008. For her dissertation, she studied gender disparities in functional, mental, and self-rated health among older adults. Findings from her dissertation provide evidence of a new health paradox, in which females have the same or better self-rated health compared to males regardless of more physical limitations, acute and non-fatal chronic health conditions, and depressive symptoms. Findings also suggest that depressive symptoms and problem drinking are not gender-comparable mental health outcomes. Other research she is involved in 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 recently 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 teaches Principles of Sociology, Sociology of Aging, Women, Health and Aging, Quantitative Research Methods, Qualitative Research Methods, and Sports and Society.