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  1. 1. BREA L. PERRY ______________________________________________________________________________ Department of Sociology Phone: (859)257-4416 University of Kentucky Fax: (859) 323-0272 1527 Patterson Office Tower E-mail: breaperry@uky.edu Lexington, KY 40506 ______________________________________________________________________________ CURRENT POSITION 2009 - Faculty Associate, Center for the Study of Violence Against Children 2008 - Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Kentucky EDUCATION 2008 Ph.D., Sociology Indiana University, Bloomington Minor in Interdisciplinary Approaches to Health and Illness Thesis: The Ripple Effect: Social Network Dynamics, Social Location, and Strategies of Interaction in Mental Illness Careers Committee: Bernice Pescosolido (chair), J. Scott Long, Eric R. Wright, Jane D. McLeod, and Jack K. Martin 2002 M.A., Sociology Indiana University, Bloomington Thesis: Breaking the Ties That Bind: Network Disruption and the Role of Changing Family Structures and Peer Relationships on Foster Care Youths’ Mental Health Committee: Bernice Pescosolido (chair), and Jane D. McLeod 1999 B.S., Psychology B.A., Sociology B.A., Biology B.A., French Indiana University, Bloomington RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS Social Networks Genetics and Society Medical Sociology Childhood/Adolescence Mental Health/Illness Quantitative and Longitudinal Methods
  2. 2. PUBLICATIONS Perry, Brea L. and Bernice Pescosolido. 2010. “Functional Specificity in Discussion Networks: The Influence of General and Problem-Specific Networks on Health Outcomes.” Social Networks (forthcoming). Wright, Eric R. and Brea L. Perry (Equal authorship). 2010. “Medical Sociology and Health Services Research: Past Accomplishments and Future Policy Challenges.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior (forthcoming). Perry, Brea L. and Bernice Pescosolido. 2010. “Children, Culture, and Mental Illness: Public Knowledge and Stigma Toward Childhood Problems.” In Ann Rogers, David Pilgrim, and Bernice Pescosolido (Eds.) Handbook of Mental Health and Illness. London: Sage Publishing. Perry, Brea L. 2010. “Taking the Medical Sciences Seriously: How and Why Sociological Research Should Incorporate Diverse Disciplinary Perspectives.” In Bernice Pescosolido, Jack K. Martin, Jane McLeod, and Anne Rogers (Eds.) Handbook of the Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healing: Blueprint for the 21st Century. New York: Springer Publishing. Pescosolido, Bernice A., Sigrun Olafsdottir, Peggy Thoits, Eric Wright, and Brea L. Perry. 2010. “Organizing the Sociological Landscape for the Next Decades of Health and Health Care Research: The Network Episode Model – Phase III as Cartographic Subfield Guide.” In Bernice Pescosolido, Jack K. Martin, Jane McLeod, and Anne Rogers (Eds.) Handbook of the Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healing: Blueprint for the 21st Century. New York: Springer Publishing. Pescosolido, Bernice, Brea L. Perry, J. Scott Long, Jack K. Martin, John I. Nurnberger, and Victor Hesselbrock. 2008. “Under the Influence of Genetics: How Transdisciplinarity Leads Us to Rethink Social Pathways to Illness.” American Journal of Sociology 114(S1):S171-201. Winner of the Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award. Pescosolido, Bernice, Peter Jensen, Jack K. Martin, Brea L. Perry, Sigrun Olafsdottir, and Danielle Fettes. 2008. “Public Knowledge and Assessment of Child Mental Health Problems: Findings from the National Stigma Study-Children.” Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 47:339-49. Perry, Brea L., Bernice Pescosolido, Jack K. Martin, Jane D. McLeod, and Peter S. Jensen. 2007. “Comparing Public Attributions, Attitudes, and Stigma in Regard to Depression among Children and Adults.” Psychiatric Services 58:632-35. Pescosolido, Bernice, Brea L. Perry, Jack K. Martin, Jane D, McLeod, and Peter Jensen. 2007. “Stigmatizing Attitudes and Beliefs about Treatment and Psychiatric Medications for Children with Mental Illness.” Psychiatric Services 58:613-18. Wright, Eric R., Dustin Wright, Brea L. Perry, and Carrie E. Foote-Ardah. 2007. “Stigma and the Sexual Isolation of People with Serious Mental Disorders.” Social Problems 54:73-93.
  3. 3. Perry, Brea L. 2006. “Understanding Social Network Disruption: The Case of Youth in Foster Care.” Social Problems 53:371-91. Perry, Brea L., and Eric R. Wright. 2006. “The Sexual Partnerships of People with Serious Mental Illness.” Journal of Sex Research 43:174-81. Wright, Eric R., and Brea L. Perry. 2006. “Sexual Identity Distress, Social Support, and the Health of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth.” Journal of Homosexuality 51:81-109. MANUSCRIPTS UNDER REVIEW Perry, Brea L. “The Ripple Effect: Changes in Social Structural Location and Social Network Dynamics in Mental Illness Careers.” Perry, Brea L. “The Labeling Paradox: Stigma, the Sick Role, and Social Networks in Mental Illness.” Perry, Brea L. and Bernice Pescosolido. “Of Natural Science and Sociology: Social Network Dynamics, Crisis Response, and the Case of “First Timers” with Mental Illness.” Perry, Brea L., Kathi L.H. Harp, Justin McGahan, and Carrie B. Oser. ““Still I Rise”: The Effects of Racism, Sexism, and Stressors Across Multiple Life Domains on African American Women’s Mental Health.” Perry, Brea L., Tanja Link, Carl Leukefeld and Christina Boelter. “Gender and Racial/Ethnic Group Differences in Science and Technology Interests, Aspirations, Attitudes, and Knowledge among At-Risk Youth: An Early Report from the TRY-IT! Project.” MANUSCRIPTS IN PROGRESS Stevens-Watkins, Danelle, Brea L. Perry, Kathi L.H. Harp, and Carrie B. Oser. “Racism and Illicit Drug Use among African American Women: The Protective Effects of Ethnic Identity, Affirmation, and Behavior.” Perry, Brea L., Danelle Stevens-Watkins, Erin Pullen, and Carrie B. Oser. “Double Jeopardy: Racism, Sexism, and Suicidal Ideation and Behavior among African American Women.” Perry, Brea L., Erin Pullen, Carrie B. Oser. “Racism Makes Me Sick: The Impact of Racist Life Events on Subjective Health and Chronic Illness.” Perry, Brea L. and Amy Messer. “Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Risk Behaviors and Family Influences: A Test of the Theory of Normative Behavior.” Amy Messer and Brea L. Perry. “Are Attitudes Toward Drinking “Heritable”? Alcohol Expectancy in At-Risk Adolescents and their Parents.”
  4. 4. Perry, Brea L. “Disordered Minds, Disrupted Relationships? Social Network Attrition and Serious Mental Illness.” Pescosolido, Bernice, Brea L. Perry, J. Scott Long, and Jack K. Martin. “Slaves to Biology? Gender, Genes, and Risk for Alcohol Dependence.” Perry, Brea L. “The Revolving Door: Social Network Strategies in Early Mental Illness Careers.” Perry, Brea L. “Toward a Three-Component Model of Network Structure.” Perry, Brea L., Bernice Pescosolido, J. Scott Long, and Jack K. Martin. “Durkheim and the Role of Genetics: The Case of Youth Conduct Disorder.” GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS Ongoing 2009- National Institute of Drug Abuse, R01 DA022967, “African American Female Drug Users: HIV, Health Disparities, and Criminality.” Role: Co-I (PI Oser). Award: $2,623,927. 2009- National Center for Research Resources Science Education Partnership Award, R25 RR023304, “Translating Research to Youth through Information Technology (TRY-IT).” Role: Co-I (PI Leukefeld). Award: $1,337,5009. Pending 2010 National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, R21 PA-08-168, “Alcohol Use Disorders and Stress: Transdisciplinary Insights into Etiology.” Role: PI. Requested award: $415,873. (Revision) 2010 National Institutes of Health, R21 PA-07-391, “Kentucky Makes a PACT (Partnerships in Appalachian Communities with Telehealth).” Role: PI. Requested award: $401,000. (Revision) 2010 National Institute of Drug Abuse, R01 Competitive Revision Application, “African-American Female Drug Users: HIV, Health Disparities, and Criminality.” Role: Co-I (PI Oser). Requested award: $1,000,000. (Revision) 2010 Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Pilot Grant Project, “A New VIBE (Video Interface Behavioral Evaluation): A Novel Technology to Evaluate Childhood Disruptive Behaviors.” Role: PI. Requested award: $26,000.
  5. 5. 2010 National Institute of Drug Abuse, R25 Science Education Grant, “Girls in Research Learning to Love Science (GIRLLS).” Role: Co-I (PI Leukefeld). Requested award: $1,067,349. Completed 2007 Lindesmith-Mullins Research Fellowship, Indiana University. Award: $29,000. 2001-2005 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. Award: $84,000. Submitted, Not Funded 2009 National Institutes of Health, RC1 Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research, “Transdiciplinary Insights to Tailor Treatments for Alcohol Dependence.” Role: Co-I (PI Pescosolido). Requested award: $659,132. 2009 National Institutes of Health, RC1 Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research, “Kentucky Makes a PACT (Partnerships in Appalachian Communities with Telehealth).” Role: Co-I (PI Soares). Requested award: $1,000,000. 2009 National Institutes of Health, K12 Mentored Research Scientist Award, University of Kentucky. “Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health.” Role: Mentored faculty. Requested award: $93,750. 2008 National Institutes of Health, R01, “A Network Toolkit for Gene-Environment Research in Health.” Role: Co-I (PI Pescosolido). Requested award: $3,439,134. HONORS AND AWARDS 2009 Award for Best Dissertation in Mental Health, ASA Sociology of Mental Health Section 2009 Roberta G. Simmons Outstanding Dissertation Award (Honorable Mention), ASA Medical Sociology Section 2009 Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award, ASA Medical Sociology Section, “Under the Influence of Genetics: How Transdisciplinarity Leads Us to Rethink Social Pathways to Illness” 2006 Scheussler Award for Exceptional Research, Indiana University 2005 American Sociological Association Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline, Junior Scholar Award for Social Capital and Social Networks Conference (OSU)
  6. 6. 2005 Graduate Student Paper Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems Mental Health Section, “Disordered Minds, Disrupted Relationships? Social Network Instability in Mental Illness” 2003 Elizabeth Craft Award for Excellence in Research, Indiana University 2003 Graduate Student Paper Award, North Central Sociological Association, “Beyond the Dyad: Supportive Network Domains and Psychological Distress among Foster Care Youth” 2001 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS Perry, Brea L. and Eric R. Wright. 2010. “Medical Sociology and Health Services Research: Past Accomplishments and Future Policy Challenges.” Presented at the ASA meetings, Atlanta, GA. Perry, Brea L. 2010. “The Labeling Paradox: Stigma, the Sick Role, and Social Networks in Mental Illness.” Presented at the ASA meetings, Atlanta, GA. Perry, Brea L. and Bernice Pescosolido. 2010. “Functional Specificity in Discussion Networks: The Influence of General and Problem-Specific Networks on Health Outcomes.” Presented at the INSNA Sunbelt Social Network meetings, Riva del Garda, Italy. Perry, Brea L., Kathi L.H. Harp, Justin McGahan, and Carrie B. Oser. 2010. ““Still I Rise”: The Effects of Racism, Sexism, and Stressors Across Multiple Life Domains on African American Women’s Mental Health.” Presented at the Addiction Health Services Research Conference, Lexington, KY. Perry, Brea L. 2009. “What’s in a Label? The Sick Role and Access to Network Resources in Early Mental Illness Careers.” Presented at the SSS meetings, New Orleans, LA. Perry, Brea L. 2007. “When Sociology and Genetics Meet: Findings from the COGA Study.” Presented at the ASA meetings, New York, NY. Perry, Brea L. 2005. “Disordered Minds, Disrupted Relationships? Social Network Instability and Serious Mental Illness.” Presented at the SSSP meetings, Philadelphia, PA. Perry, Brea L. 2005. “The Columbine Effect? Public Perceptions of Adult and Child Depression.” Presented at the ASA meetings, Philadelphia, PA. Perry, Brea L. 2003. “Losing the Ties That Bind: Network Disruption and the Role of Changing Family Structures and Peer Relationships on Foster Care Youths’ Mental Health.” Presented at the NCSA meetings, Cincinnati, OH.
  7. 7. Perry, Brea L. 2003. “Beyond the Dyad: Supportive Network Domains and Psychological Distress among Youth in Foster Care.” Presented at the ASA meetings, Atlanta, GA. Perry, Brea L. and Eric R. Wright. 2001. “Experiencing Sexuality as a Person with Severe Mental Illness.” Presented at the ASA meetings, Anaheim, CA. TEACHING EXPERIENCE 2008-2010 Assistant Professor Department of Sociology, University of Kentucky Quantitative Research Methods and Statistics (Undergraduate) Sociology of Mental Health (Undergraduate) Mental Illness in Crime, Law, and Deviance (Undergraduate) Medical Sociology (Graduate) Quantitative Analysis and Statistics (Graduate) 2003, 2005 Instructor Department of Sociology, Indiana University Introduction to Sociology (Undergraduate) RESEARCH EXPERIENCE 2009- “African American Female Drug Users: HIV, Health Disparities, and Criminality” (PI Oser) 2009- “Translating Research to Youth through Information Technology” (PI Leukefeld) 2005- “Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism” (PI Nurnberger). 2005 “Collaborative Genomic Study of Bipolar Disorder” (PI Nurnberger). 2003-2007 “National Stigma Study – Children, GSS 2002” (PI Pescosolido). 2002- “Indianapolis Network Mental Health Study” (PI Pescosolido). 2000-2001 “These Are My Experiences: A Study of Foster Care Youth” (PI Mcleod). 1999-2006 “Indiana Mental Health Services and HIV Risk Study” (PI Wright).
  8. 8. SERVICE Professional 2010- Member, Nominations Committee, ASA Medical Sociology Section 2010- Member, Awards Committee, ASA Medical Sociology Section 2006- Reviewer, American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, Social Forces, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Psychology Quarterly, Community Mental Health Journal, and others 2003-2004 Student Editor, ASA Medical Sociology Section Newsletter 1999- Member, American Sociological Association, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Southern Sociological Society Department 2010 Member, Personnel Committee, University of Kentucky 2008- Member, Graduate Committee, University of Kentucky 2008- Member, Research and Grants Committee, University of Kentucky 2006-2007 Member, Personnel Committee, Indiana University 2005-2006 Member, Graduate Affairs Committee, Indiana University 2004-2005 Graduate Student Mentor, Indiana University 2003-2006 Departmental Photographer, Indiana University University 2009- Member, Steering Committee, Children At Risk Research Cluster 2009- Diversity Liaison, College of Arts and Sciences 2008-2010 Faculty Advisor, Students Teaching Acceptance Not Discrimination (STAND), University of Kentucky student organization Community 2010- Statistical Consultant (pro bono), Children’s Law Center 2009- Co-Director, Community Outreach to Address Child Health (COACH) in Latino Immigrant Communities 2003-2006 Big Sister, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Indiana 2003-2005 Workshop Leader and Coach, Girls Inc. of Monroe County 2003-2004 Panel Participant, GLBT Services 2001-2002 Research Consultant (pro bono), Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County

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