University of California, Riverside


Richard M. Carpiano Professor of Public Policy and Sociology

Topics: Physical and Mental Health
Health Disparities
Health Beliefs and Attitudes

Preferred Media: Print, Radio, Video

Contact Card

Tel: (951) 827-2317

Media Contact: Tess Eyrich
Tel: (951) 827-1287


Carpiano joined UC Riverside in 2017 and is affiliated with the Center for Healthy Communities in the School of Medicine. A medical sociologist and public and population health scientist, he has given numerous media interviews on issues related to public health issues, cultural aspects of health, and community life, as well as interviews related to his research: social capital and social connectedness; health inequalities; and vaccination uptake, hesitancy, and policy.

He received his Ph.D. in sociomedical sciences from Columbia University. He received his M.P.H. from Case Western Reserve University, and M.A. and B.A. in sociology from Baylor University. From 2004-2006, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, the leading journal for medical sociology scholarship.

On Physical and Mental Health

Carpiano studies how social factors, such as socioeconomic status, race-ethnicity, social connections, and community conditions, contribute to the physical and mental health of adults and children. His research focuses on an extensive range of health issues and populations, spanning the life course and US and international contexts.

On Health Disparities

He can discuss health disparities according to race-ethnicity, income, education, gender/sex, sexual identity, and geographic location/community conditions. He can comment on how social relationships and network ties matter for health, and discuss cultural aspects of and trends in health, for example, how people think about health risks, diseases, and treatment.

On Health Beliefs and Attitudes

Carpiano can comment on stigma and health (towards diseases, people with particular health conditions/risks) and cultural aspects of and trends in health, for example, how people think about health risks, diseases, and treatment.

On Vaccines

He can discuss social, behavioral, and attitudinal factors underlying child vaccination uptake and coverage (and refusal, hesitancy or delay) in the US and Canada.

On Community

Carpiano can talk about sociological issues related to community well-being, community ties and cohesion; also on the health impacts of social policies, that is, how social policies can be viewed as health policies.