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Dr Ryon Jayson Cobb

Name

[Dr Ryon Cobb]
  • Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

Biography

I am a social demographer that continues to publish in top journals in sociology, aging, race, and religion. My ongoing and future productivity derives from being engaged in a highly active program of research that uses the stress process model as an organizing framework to spotlight how and why experiences in the social environment combine with racial identification—defined by self and/or identification by observers—to shape health disparities throughout the lifecourse. One area of my research examines how perceptions of mistreatment and neighborhood physical disorder (e.g., safety, vandalism, and crime) relate to biological risk among older Whites, Blacks, and Latinos. Findings from this line of work suggests that while greater exposure to perceived mistreatment and neighborhood physical disorder is associated with greater levels of biological risk, this relationship is not more pronounced among racial minorities. A separate line of my program of research operationalizes the idea that racial identification is a multidimensional construct, and assesses how different dimensions of this construct relate to health. Thus far, findings from this line of my work suggests that self and observer assessed dimensions of Blacks’ racial identification are differentially associated with health and mortality risks.

Appointments

    • 2018 to 2018 Assistant Professor
      School of Social Work ,University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington,
    • 2018 to 2018 Postdoctoral Scholar
      School of Social Work ,University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX, United States)
    • 2013 to 2018 Postdoctoral Scholar
      USC/UCLA Center for Biodemography and Population Health ,University of Southern California (Los Angeles, TX,

Memberships

    • 2019 to Present Council on Social Work Education
    • 2019 to Present Society for Social Work and Research
    • 2014 to Present Association of Black Sociologists
    • 2014 to Present Society for the Study of Social Problems
      Editorial Board Member
    • 2013 to Present Gerontological Association of America
      None
      GSA is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. GSA’s principal mission — and that of our 5,500 members — is to promote the study of aging and disseminate information to scientists, decision makers, and the general public.

Awards and Honors

    • Aug  2018 Trainee sponsored by NYU Langone School of Medicine and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    • Aug  2018 Loan Repayment Program sponsored by National Institutes of Health
    • Dec  2014 Pilot Grant sponsored by Resource Center on Minority Aging Research, National Institute on Aging
    • Aug  2012 Dissertation Fellowship sponsored by Louisville Institute
    • Aug  2008 Predoctoral Fellowship sponsored by Ford Foundation on behalf of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

News Articles

Publications

      Journal Article Accepted
      • Self-Reported Instances of Major Discrimination, Race/Ethnicity, and Inflammation Among Older Adults: Evidence From the Health and Retirement Study
        [Cobb, Ryon, Paker, Lauren, Thorpe, RolandJames]. Journal of Gerontology.

      Journal Article 2017 2017
      Journal Article 2016
      • Self-identified race, socially assigned skin tone, and adult physiological dysregulation: Assessing multiple dimensions of "race" in health disparities research.
        [Cobb, Ryon, Thomas, CS, Laster Pirtle, WN, Darity, Jr, WA]. 2, 595-602. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2016.06.007

      Journal Article 2015
      • Congregational Size and Attitudes towards Racial Inequality among Church Attendees in America
        [Cobb, Ryon, Dougherty, KevinD., Park, JerryZ., Perry, SamuelL.]. Religions. 6(3), 781-793. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/rel6030781
      2015
      • Exceptional Outgroup Stereotypes and White Racial Inequality Attitudes toward Asian Americans
        [Park, JerryZ., Martinez, BrandonC., Cobb, Ryon, Park, JulieJ., Wong, EricaRyu]. Social Psychology Quarterly. 78(4), 399-411. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0190272515606433
      2015
      • United by Faith? Race/Ethnicity, Congregational Diversity, and Explanations of Racial Inequality
        [Cobb, Ryon, Perry, SamuelL., Dougherty, KevinD.]. 76(2), 177-198. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/socrel/sru067

      Journal Article 2014
      • Othering Obama: Racial Attitudes and Dubious Beliefs about the Nation's First Black President
        [Tope, Daniel, Pickett, JustinT., Cobb, Ryon, Dirlam, Jonathan]. 57(4), 450-469. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0731121414536140

Courses

      • SOCW 4335-003 AGING IN AMERICAN SOCIETY
        (Course Id: 112719)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • SOCW 2302-006 LIFE SPAN DEV AND HUMAN BEHAV
        (Course Id: 108923)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • SOCW 4335-001 AGING IN AMERICAN SOCIETY
        (Course Id: 112719)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus
      • SOCW 4335-003 AGING IN AMERICAN SOCIETY
        (Course Id: 112719)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus

Service to the University

    • 2018 to  Present Faculty Mentor
      Center for African American Studies
      Provide lectures and assist in developing programs for UTA community.

Service to the Profession

    • 2018 to  2019
      Program Organizer (St. Louis, MI, USA)
      Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
    • 2018 to  2019
      Editorial Review Board Member
      Society for the Scientific Study of Social Problems