Department of Sociology
Tel: (848) 932-7516
Office: Room 040, Davison Hall, Douglass Campus
Ph.D. Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
M.A. Sociology, Yale University, 2000
M.P.H. Behavioral Science & Health Education, Emory University School of Public Health, 1997
B.S. Chemistry, University of California at Santa Cruz (Highest Honors), 1994
Health, Gender, Family, Aging, Methodology.
Professor Springer's current scholarship focuses on the health effects of gendered norms and family dynamics among older adults. Specifically, most of her research centers on three related areas: 1) long-term health effects of childhood abuse; 2) marital income dynamics and men’s health; and 3) masculinity ideals, socioeconomic status, and health outcomes. She has also begun extending this agenda to theorize and model the biological and biosocial processes underlying these substantive areas. She has research published in journals including American Journal of Sociology, American Journal of Public Health, Gender & Society, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Science & Medicine, and Social Science Research. Professor Springer’s research has also been featured in national and international news sources including ABC News, LA Times, The New York Times, US News & World Report, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.
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Awards, Fellowships, and Grants
- Institute for Research on Women Faculty Fellowship, Rutgers University 2010-11
- Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar, Columbia University 2008-2010
- Roberta J. Simmons Outstanding Dissertation Award, American Sociological Association, Medical Sociology Sectionn 2007
- Kathryn DuPre Lumpkin Outstanding Dissertation Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Sociology 2006
- Graduate Student Paper Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Health, Health Policy, and Health Services Division 2006
- Graduate Student Mentor Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2006
- Dissertation Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2005-06
- National Institute on Aging Pre-Doctoral Trainee, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2002-05
- Graduate Student Paper Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Health, Health Policy, and Health Services Division 2004
- Ph.D. Fellowship, Yale University 1998-2000
- Woodruff Fellowship, Emory University 1995-1997
Referred Journal Articles:
- Springer, Kristen W., Jeanne Mager Stellman, and Rebecca Jordan-Young. 2012. “Beyond a Catalogue of Differences: A Theoretical Frame and Good Practice Guidelines for Researching Sex/Gender in Human Health.” Social Science & Medicine.74(11). 1817-1824.
- Greenfield, Emily A., Chioun Lee, Elliot Friedman, and Kristen W. Springer. 2011. “Childhood Abuse as a Risk Factor for Poor Sleep Quality in Adulthood: Evidence from the National Survey of Midlife Development in the U.S.” Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 42. 245-256.
- Kristen W. Springer & Dawne Mouzon. 2011. “’Macho Men’ and Preventive Healthcare: Implications for Older Men in Different Social Classes.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 50(2). 212-227.
- Kristen W. Springer, Tetanya Pudrovska & Robert M. Hauser. 2011. “Does Psychological Well-Being Change with Age? Longitudinal Tests of Age Variations and Further Exploration of the Multidimensionality of Ryff’s Model of Psychological Well-Being.” Social Science Research. 40. 392-398.
- Kristen W. Springer. 2010. “Do Wives’ Work Hours Hurt Husbands’ Health? Reassessing the Care Work Deficit Thesis.” Social Science Research. 39. 801-813.
- Kristen W. Springer. 2010. “The Race and Class Privilege of Motherhood: New York Times Presentations of Pregnant Drug-Using Women.” Sociological Forum. 25(3). 476-499.
- Kristen W. Springer. 2010. “Economic Dependence in Marriage and Husbands’ Health: Testing Three Possible Mechanisms.” Gender & Society. 24(3). 378-401.
- Deborah Carr & Kristen W. Springer. 2010. “Advances in Families and Health Research in the 21st Century.” Journal of Marriage and Family. 72. 744-762.
- David Russell, Kristen W. Springer & Emily A. Greenfield. 2010. “Witnessing Domestic Abuse in Childhood as an Independent Risk Factor for Depressive Symptoms in Young Adulthood.” Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal. 34. 448-453.
- Kristen W. Springer. 2009. “Childhood Physical Abuse and Mid-Life Physical Health: Testing a Multi-Pathway Life Course Model.” Social Science & Medicine. 69(1). 138-146.
- Kristen W. Springer, Brenda K. Parker & Catherine Leviten-Reid. 2009. “Making Space for Graduate Student Parents: Practice and Politics.” Journal of Family Issues. 30. 435-457.
- Kristen W. Springer, Jennifer Sheridan, Daphne Kuo & Molly Carnes. 2007. “Long-Term Physical and Mental Health Consequences of Childhood Physical Abuse: Results from a Large Population-Based Sample of Men and Women.” Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal. 31(5). 517-530.
- Kristen W. Springer, Robert M. Hauser & Jeremy Freese. 2006. “Bad News Indeed for Ryff’s Six-Factor Model of Well-Being.” Social Science Research. 35(4). 1120-1131.
- Kristen W. Springer & Robert M. Hauser. 2006. “An Assessment of the Construct Validity of Ryff’s Scales of Psychological Well-Being: Method, Mode and Measurement Effects.” Social Science Research. 35(4). 1080-1102.
- Tom Stopka, Kristen W. Springer, Kaveh Khoshnood, Susan Shaw & Merrill Singer. 2004. “Writing About Risk: Use of Daily Diaries in Understanding Drug-User Risk Behaviors.” AIDS and Behavior. 8(1).73-85.
- William H. Sewell, Robert M. Hauser, Kristen W. Springer & Taissa S. Hauser. 2004. “As We Age: A Review of the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, 1957-2001.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. 20. 3-111.
- Kristen W. Springer, Jennifer Sheridan, Daphne Kuo & Molly Carnes. 2003. “The Long-Term Health Outcomes of Childhood Abuse: An Overview and a Call to Action.” Journal of General Internal Medicine. 18(10). 864-870.
- Wendy Blumenthal, Kristen W. Springer, T. Stephen Jones & Claire Sterk. 2002. “Pharmacy Student Knowledge, Attitude, and Beliefs about Selling Syringes to Injection Drug Users. Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association. 52(6), Supplement 2, S34-S39.
- Dalton Conley & Kristen W. Springer. 2001. “Welfare State and Infant Mortality.” American Journal of Sociology. 107(3), 768-807.
- Merrill Singer, Tom Stopka, Cara Siano, Kristen W. Springer, George Barton, Kaveh Khoshnood, Robert Heimer & April Gorry de Puga. 2000. “The Social Geography of AIDS and Hepatitis Risk: Qualitative Approaches for Assessing Local Differences in Sterile Syringe Access among Injection Drug Users.” American Journal of Public Health. 90(7), 1049-1056.
- Kristen W. Springer, Claire Sterk, T. Stephen Jones & Laurie Friedman. 1999. “Syringe Disposal Options for Injection Drug Users: A Community-Based Perspective.” Substance Use & Misuse. 34, 1917-1934.
- Grace Macalino, Kristen W. Springer, Zeenat S. Rahman, David Vlahov & T. Stephen Jones. 1998. “Community-Based Programs for Safe Needle and Syringe Disposal.” Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes and Human Retrovirology. 18 (Suppl 1), S111-S119.
- T. Daniel Crawford, Kristen W. Springer & Henry F. Schaefer. 1995. “A Contribution to the Understanding of the Structure of Xenon Hexafluoride.” Journal of Chemical Physics. 102, 3307-3311.
- Julie Evans, Kristen W. Springer & Jin Z. Zhang. 1994. “Femtosecond Studies of Interparticle Electron Transfer in a Coupled CdS-TiO2 Colloidal System.” Journal of Chemical Physics. 101, 6222-6225.
- Catherine Leviten-Reid, Brenda K. Parker & Kristen W. Springer. 2008. “Learning Through Life: Balancing Graduate School and Motherhood”: In Academic Street Smarts: Informal Professionalization of Graduate Students in Sociology, edited by Ira Silver and Dave Shulman. Washington DC: American Sociological Association