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Lynne Cossman, Ph.D. **

Professor and Chair - Sociology


Member of the Data H.E.A.R.T. of WV Group

Jeralynn (Lynne) Sittig Cossman is a medical sociologist and demographer who chairs the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University.  She has been funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services.  She has published in several sociology and interdisciplinary journals including the American Journal of Public HealthSocial ProblemsHealth and PlacePopulation Research and Policy ReviewSociological Inquiry, and The Journal of Rural Health.  Her current research focuses on spatial concentrations of mortality and morbidity, the opioid epidemic, and the Mountains of Hope cancer coalition in West Virginia.  As chair at WVU, she has led the faculty in many curricular and policy change, including  the development of a doctoral program. She is a food and wine enthusiast and when not engaged in academic life, she enjoys exploring wild and wonderful West Virginia.

Selected Publications

James W and Cossman JS. 2016. “Long-Term Trends in Black and White Mortality in the Rural United States: Evidence of a Race-Specific Rural Mortality Penalty.” Journal of Rural Health. Published online, doi: 10.1111/jrh.12181.

Cossman JS, Porter JR, and Rader NE. 2015. “Examining the Effects of Health in Explaining Fear of Crime: A Multi-Dimensional and Multi-Level Analysis.” American Journal of Criminal Justice. Published online, doi: 10.1007/s12103-015-9310-x.

Hsu TL and Cossman JS. 2013. “Socioeconomic Status and Health Well-Being during Later Life: Potential Mediating Factors.” Sociological Spectrum 33(2): 136-158. 2013 Sociological Spectrum Outstanding Paper Award.