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Carpiano, Richard

I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar at the University of British Columbia. Additionally, I am a Faculty Affiliate of the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) and the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.
After completing my Ph.D. in Sociomedical Sciences (2004) from Columbia University, I was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2004-2006.
My research centers on the study of individual and community socioeconomic determinants of physical and mental health. Some of my current solo and collaborative projects focus on:
-the positive and negative health consequences of neighborhood-based social capital for adult subpopulations
-the impact of community socioeconomic conditions on health outcomes
-testing aspects of the fundamental cause theory of health disparities
-the integration of qualitative and quantitative methods for assessing community conditions
-the role of sociological theory and the importance of theory-building in the conduct of population health research and policy

Representative publications

Carpiano, Richard M., Lloyd, Jennifer E.V., & Hertzman, Clyde. (2009). Concentrated Affluence, Concentrated Disadvantage, and Children's Readiness for School: A Population-Based, Multi-Level Investigation. Social Science & Medicine, 69(3), 420-432.
Dennis, Samuel, Gaulocher, Suzanne, Carpiano, Richard M., & Brown, David. (2009). Participatory Photo-Mapping (PPM): Exploring an Integrated Method for Health and Place Research with Young People. Health & Place, 15(2), 466-473.
Carpiano, Richard M. (2009). Come Take a Walk with Me: The “Go-Along” Interview as a Novel Method for Studying the Implications of Place for Health and Well-Being. Health & Place, 15(1), 263-272.
Polonijo, Andrea, & Carpiano, Richard M. (2008). Representations of Cosmetic Surgery and Emotional Health in Women’s Magazines in Canada. Women’s Health Issues, 18(6), 463-470. Erratum: Women's Health Issues, 19(2), 157-158.
Carpiano, Richard M., Link, Bruce G., & Phelan, Jo C. (2008). Social Inequality and Health: Future Directions for the Fundamental Cause Explanation for Class Differences in Health. In Annette Lareau and Dalton Conley (Eds.), Social Class: How Does It Work? New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
Carpiano, Richard M. (2008). Actual or Potential Neighborhood Resources and Access to Them: Testing Hypotheses of Social Capital for the Health of Female Caregivers. Social Science & Medicine, 67(4), 568-582.
Weden, Margaret M., Carpiano, Richard M., & Robert Stephanie A. (2008). Subjective and Objective Neighborhood Characteristics and Adult Health. Social Science & Medicine, 66(6), 1256-1270.
Carpiano, Richard M. (2007). Neighborhood Social Capital and Adult Health: An Empirical Test of a Bourdieu-based Model. Health & Place, 13(3), 639-655.
Kuppin, Sara A., & Carpiano, Richard M. (2006). Public Conceptions of Serious Mental Illness and Substance Abuse, Their Causes and Treatments: Findings from the 1996 General Social Survey. American Journal of Public Health, 96(10), 1766-1771.
Carpiano, Richard M., & Daley, Dorothy M. (2006). A Guide and Glossary on Post-Positivist Theory-Building for Population Health. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 60, 564-570.
Carpiano, Richard M., & Daley, Dorothy M. (2006). Theory-Building on the High Seas of Population Health: Love Boat, Mutiny on the Bounty, or Poseidon Adventure? Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 60, 571-577. (Invited commentary).
Carpiano, Richard M. (2006). Towards a Neighborhood Resource-based Theory of Social Capital for Health: Can Bourdieu and Sociology Help? Social Science & Medicine, 62(1), 165-175.


University of British Columbia, School of Population and Public Health

The newest School at the University of British Columbia was approved by Senate in the spring of 2008. Its goal is to provide a vibrant interdisciplinary academic environment at a critical time in the development of public health in Canada. The School's Inaugural Strategic Plan was completed...


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