Rosenfield, Sarah


B. A., Washington University, St. Louis, 1970 (sociology and psychology)

M. A., University of Texas, Austin, 1973 (sociology)

Pre-doctoral Fellow, Training Program in Psychiatric Epidemiology, Columbia University, 1973-1976

Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, 1978 (sociology)

Post-doctoral Fellow, Yale University, 1978-1980

Research Interests

Sociology of Mental Health and Illness; Social Psychology; Sociology of Gender; Deviance

Biographical Notes

Dr. Rosenfield studied both psychiatric epidemiology at Columbia and psychosocial epidemiology at Yale. Her work focuses on gender and racial/ethnic differences in internalizing mental health problems like depression and externalizing problems like anti-social behavior. She also studies the effects of stigma on individuals with mental illness. Dr. Rosenfield has mentored several Project L/EARN interns, utilizing a variety of primary data sets involving the severely mentally ill and adolescents with depression.

Grants, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Certificate of Excellence, Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science, Engineering and Technology, June 2005.
  • Center for the Study of the Organization and Financing of Services for the Seriously Mentally Ill, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, 1990-2004. David Mechanic, Principal Investigator.
  • Fellowship, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University, 2000-2001.
  • Award for Best Publication, Mental Health Section, American Sociological Association, 1999.
  • Grant from Ittleson Foundation to the Project for Psychiatric Outreach to the Homeless, Consultant, 1997-1998.
  • Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, 1992-1993.
  • National Institute of Mental Health Grant, 1989-1993, "Services and Quality of Life for Persons with Severe Mental Illness, $125,000. Principal Investigator.
  • Ittleson Foundation Research Grant, "Effective Components of Model Programs for the Quality of Life of Persons with Serious Mental Illness, 1988-1990, $40,000. Principal Investigator.
  • New Investigator Award for Research in Prevention, Grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, "Gender Differences in Mental Health," 1984-86. $120,000. Principal Investigator.
  • Biomedical Research Support Grant, Rutgers University, 1987-1988.
  • Summer Fellowship, Rutgers University, 1987.
  • Career Development Award, University of California, Irvine, 1983.
  • National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1978-198
  • National Institute of Mental Health Predoctoral Fellowship, 1973-1976

Selected Publications

  • Rosenfield, Sarah. forthcoming. "Gender and Mental Health," in Allan Horwitz and Teresa Sheid, eds., A Handbook for the Study of Mental Health: Social Contexts, Theories, Systems. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Rosenfield, Sarah, Julie Phillips, and Helene Raskin White. 2006. "Gender, Race, and the Self in Mental Health and Crime," Social Problems 53:161-185.
  • Rosenfield, Sarah, Mary Clare Lennon, and Helene White. 2005. "Mental Health and the Self: Self-salience and the Emergence of Internalizing and Externalizing Problems" Journal of Health and Social Behavior 46:326-340.
  • Rosenfield, Sarah and Kathy Pottick. 2004. "Power, Gender, and the Self: Reflections on Improving Mental Health for Males and Females" in Stuart A. Kirk, ed., Mental Health in the Social Environment: Critical Perspectives. Columbia University Press.
  • Rosenfield, Sarah. 2002. "Gender Stratification, Stress, and Mental Health," in Ann Maney and Juan Ramos, Socioeconomic Conditions, Stress and Mental Disorders: Toward a New Synthesis of Research and Public Policy, Center for Mental Health Services in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
  • Yanos, Phil, Sarah Rosenfield, and Allan Horwitz. 2001. "Negative and Supportive Social Interactions and Quality of Life Among Persons Diagnosed with Severe Mental Illness." Community Mental Health Journal. 37:405-419.
  • Rosenfield, Sarah, Jean Vertefuille, and Donna McAlpine. 2000. "Gender Stratification And Mental Health: An Exploration of Dimensions of the Self," Social Psychology Quarterly 63:208-223.
  • Rosenfield, Sarah. 2000. "Gender and Dimensions of the Self: Implications for Internalizing and Externalizing Behavior" in Ellen Frank, ed., Gender and its Effects on Psychopathology. Washington D.C.: American Psychiatric Press.
  • Rosenfield, Sarah. 1999. "Splitting the Difference: Gender, the Self, and Mental Health" in Carol Anaschensel and Jo Phelan, eds., Handbook of the Sociology of Mental Health. New York: Plenum.
  • Rosenfield, Sarah. 1999. "Gender and Mental Health: Do Women Have More Psychopathology, Men More, or Both the Same (and Why)?" in Allan Horwitz and Teresa Sheid, eds., A Handbook for the Study of Mental Health: Social Contexts, Theories, Systems. New York: Cambridge University Press. Reprinted in Contemporary Approaches to Mental Health and Disorder by Aleksandar Dimitrijevic. Belgrade: Belgrade Institute for Textbooks.
  • Rosenfield, Sarah. 1997. "Labeling Mental Illness: The Effects of Perceived Stigma vs. Received Services." American Sociological Review. 63:230-245. Award for Best Publication, Mental Health Section of the American Sociological Association, 1999. Included in reference series on labeling, edited by Teresa Sheid (forthcoming)
  • Rosenfield, Sarah and Suzanne Wenzel. 1997. "Social Networks and Chronic Mental Illness: A Test of Four Perspectives" Social Problems 44:200-216.
  • Lennon, Mary Clare and Sarah Rosenfield. 1995. "Relative Fairness and the Division of Household Work." American Journal of Sociology 100:506-531.
  • Mechanic, David, Donna McAlpine, Sarah Rosenfield, and Diane Davis. 1994. "Effects of Illness Attribution and Depression on the Quality of Life among Persons with Serious Mental Illness." Social Science and Medicine 39:155-164.
  • Rosenfield, Sarah and Sheree Neese-Todd. 1993. "Elements of a Psychosocial Clubhouse Program Associated with a Satisfying Quality of Life," Hospital and Community Psychiatry 44:76-78.
  • Rosenfield, Sarah. 1992. "Factors Contributing to the Subjective Quality of Life of the Chronic Mentally Ill," Journal of Health and Social Behavior 4:299-315.
  • Rosenfield, Sarah. 1992. "The Costs of Sharing: Wives' Employment and Husbands' Mental Health," Journal of Health and Social Behavior 33:213-235.
  • Lennon, Mary Clare and Sarah Rosenfield. 1992. "Women and Mental Health: The Interaction of Work and Family Conditions," Journal of Health and Social Behavior 33:316-327.
  • Rosenfield, Sarah. 1991. "Homelessness and Rehospitalization: The Importance of Housing for the Chronic Mentally Ill," Journal of Community Psychology, 19:60-69.
  • Rosenfield, Sarah. 1989. "Psychiatric Epidemiology: An Overview of Methods and Research." in David A. Rochefort (ed.), Handbook on Mental Health Policy in the United States. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, Inc.
  • Rosenfield, Sarah. 1989. "The Effects of Women's Employment: Personal Control and Sex Differences in Mental Health," Journal of Health and Social Behavior 30:77-91. Reprinted in Psychology of Gender, edited by Vicki S. Helgeson. 2004. New York: Prentice Hall/Pearson. Finalist (one of six) for the 1989 Reuben Hill Research and Theory Award given by the National Council on Family Relations.
  • Rosenfield, Sarah. 1987. "Services Organization and Quality of Life of the Seriously Mentally Ill." in David Mechanic (ed.), Improving Mental Health Services: What the Social Sciences Can Tell Us. San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass, Inc.
  • Rosenfield, Sarah, Carol Caton, Gideon Nashumi, and Edwin Robins. 1986. "Closing the Gaps: The Effectiveness of Linking Programs from the Hospital to the Community for Chronic Mental Patients." Journal of Applied Behavioral Science 22:411-23.
  • Baldassare, Mark, Sarah Rosenfield, and Karen Rook. 1984. "Types of Social Relations Predicting Elderly Well-Being." Research on Aging 6:549-559.
  • Rosenfield, Sarah. 1984. "Race Differences in Involuntary Hospitalization: Psychiatric vs. Labeling Perspectives." Journal of Health and Social Behavior 25:14-23.
  • Rosenfield, Sarah. 1983. "Reply to Windle and Lee" Journal of Health and Social Behavior 24:42-43.
  • Rosenfield, Sarah. 1982. "Sex Roles and Societal Reactions to Mental Illness: The Labeling of 'Deviant' Deviance." Journal of Health and Social Behavior 23:18-24.
  • Rosenfield, Sarah. 1981. "Comments on 'Clinical Applications of Sociology in Health Care' by Barry Glassner." Journal of Applied Behavioral Science 23:353-54.
  • Rosenfield, Sarah. 1980. "Sex Differences in Depression: Do Women Always Have Higher Rates?" Journal of Health and Social Behavior 21:33-42.
  • Kasl, Stanislav and Sarah Rosenfield. 1978. "Residential Environment and its Impact on the Mental Health of the Aged," Handbook on Mental Health and Aging. A. E. Birren, ed., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall.