Dr. Kristen Rapp
Department: Sociology and Public Health
Office: 301 Trout Hall
Ph.D., M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A. Rutgers University
Research & Teaching Interests
Dr. Kristen Schorpp Rapp joined Roanoke College in 2017. Her research takes an intersectional approach to explore the social determinants of health inequities in the United States. In particular, her current research examines the role of state-level socioeconomic and political contexts in perpetuating health care inequities by gender, race, and ethnicity.
Dr. Rapp teaches both introductory and upper level sociology courses, with a particular interest in social inequality, quantitative research methods, and the social determinants of health. She is also Internship Coordinator for the Department of Sociology and Public Health.
Rapp, Kristen S., Vanessa V. Volpe, Tabitha L. Hale, and Dominique F. Quartararo. 2021. "State–level Sexism and Gender Disparities in Health Care Access and Quality in the United States." Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 63(1)2-18.
Rapp, Kristen S., Vanessa V. Volpe, and Hannah Neukrug. 2021. “State-Level Sexism and Women’s Health Care Access in the United States: Differences by Race/Ethnicity.” American Journal of Public Health. 111(10):1796-1805.
Volpe, V.V., Kristen M. Schorpp, Sam C. Cacace, G. Perusi Benson, and Noely Banos. 2021. “State- and Provider-Level Racism and Health Care in the U.S.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 61(3):338-347.
Harris, Kathleen Mullan and Kristen M. Schorpp. 2018. “Integrating Biomarkers in Social Stratification and Health Research.” Annual Review of Sociology. 44:361-386.
Lee, Bo Hyeong J., Lisa D. Pearce, and Kristen M. Schorpp. 2018. “Religious Pathways from Adolescence to Adulthood.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 56(3):678–689.
Gaydosh, Lauren, Kathleen Mullan Harris, Kristen M. Schorpp, Sarah McLanahan, Edith Chen, and Gregory Miller. 2018. “College completion predicts lower depression but higher metabolic syndrome among disadvantaged minorities in young adulthood.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 115(1):109-114.
Yang, Yang C., Moira P. Johnson, Kristen M. Schorpp, Courtney E. Boen, and Kathleen Mullan Harris. 2017. “Young Adult Risk Factors for Cancer: Obesity, Inflammation, and Sociobehavioral Mechanisms.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 53(3S1), S21-S29.
Yang, Yang C., Karen Gerken, Kristen M. Schorpp, Courtney E. Boen, and Kathleen Mullan Harris. 2017. “Early Life Socioeconomic Status and Adult Physiological Functioning: A Life Course Examination of Biosocial Mechanisms.” Biodemography and Social Biology. 63(2), 87-103.
Shanahan, Lilly, Kristen M. Schorpp, Vanessa V. Volpe, Kathryn Linthicum, and Jason Freeman. 2016. “Developmental Timing of Suicide Attempts and Cardiovascular Risk During Young Adulthood.” Health Psychology. 35(10), 1135-1143.
Yang, Yang C., Courtney E. Boen, Karen Gerken, Ting Li, Kristen M. Schorpp, and Kathleen Mullan Harris. 2016. “Social Relationships and Physiological Determinants of Longevity across Human Life Span.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 113.3, 578-583.
Yang, Yang C., Kristen M. Schorpp, and Kathleen Mullan Harris. 2014. “Social Support, Social Strain, and Inflammation: Evidence from a National Longitudinal Study of U.S. Adults.” Social Science and Medicine. 107, 124-135.
Available as a Media resource for the following topics
Gender and racial/ethnic inequalities in health; Health policy; Opioid and addiction crisis
Willing to speak to professional, social or civic groups on
Health inequalities; Opioid and addiction crisis