Florida State University

Sociology

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Michael McFarland

Associate Professor

Areas of Interest: Health Disparities, Biodemography, Mental Health

619 Bellamy

mmcfarland@fsu.edu

850-645-0921

Curriculum Vitae

Education

2012 Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
2012-2014 Postdoctoral Researcher, Princeton University Center for Research on Child Wellbeing

Research Activities

My research agenda focuses on understanding racial and socioeconomic disparities in mental and physical health with a special focus on poverty exposure and educational attainment. Specifically, my work is centered on employing a biosocial approach to health disparities which consists of four interrelated themes that seek to increase our knowledge of how social processes shape population health. These areas include: (a) elucidating biosocial mechanisms by which health disparities emerge; (b) investigating the impact of social exposures during biologically sensitive periods; (c) understanding genetic heterogeneity in social processes shaping health; and (d) providing causally informative tests for the health-related benefits of education.