FSU professor earns NIH emerging scientist award

Headshot of Patricia Homan, assistant professor of sociology and the associate director of FSU’s Public Health Program. She is wearing a garnet blouse and black blazer, and she has brown hair.
Patricia Homan, assistant professor of sociology and the associate director of FSU’s Public Health Program.

BY: MARK BLACKWELL THOMAS, UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS; COSSPP COMMUNICATIONS TEAM

A Florida State University researcher is being recognized by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health for her work as an emerging scientist.

Patricia Homan, Ph.D., an assistant professor of sociology and the Associate Director of FSU’s Public Health Program, emerged as one of five people honored as an NIH Matilda White Riley Early-Stage Investigator Honoree from a pool of more than 250 who submitted peer-reviewed articles.

She will present her winning submission virtually at the 15th NIH Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Honors on June 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.scgcorp.com/mwrhonors2022.

Homan’s work explores how gender, socioeconomic and racial inequalities in American society shape the health and well-being of populations and individuals.

“It means a lot to me,” Homan said. “The fact that this is from the NIH, it shows that they are invested in the work that I’m doing. So that is really, really exciting. I’m thrilled about it.”

The paper Homan will present, “Structural Intersectionality as a New Direction for Health Disparities Research,” was published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. It was co-authored by Tyson H. Brown of Duke University and Brittany King of FSU.