Christy L. Erving is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University, Bloomington. She graduated from Rice University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Hispanic Studies, and Indiana University in 2009 with a master’s degree in Sociology.
Her research interests include understanding the social epidemiology of physical and mental health, with a specific focus on racial and ethnic minorities and immigrant populations in the US. Her master’s paper, published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, examined the relative impact of socioeconomic status, social role occupation, and psychological resources in understanding gender differences in physical health among African Americans and Caribbean Blacks.
Her current research projects include a few collaborative papers assessing the longitudinal association between psychological well-being and perceived discrimination among children of immigrants, the association between social support and well-being among Blacks and former heart patients, and providing a sociological understanding of the racial and ethnic identities of Blacks of Caribbean descent residing in the United States. In addition, she is working on a co-authored book chapter that explores the social psychological processes impacting psychological and physical well-being which will be published in the Handbook of the Social Psychology of Inequality.
Her dissertation focuses on the determinants of physical-psychiatric comorbidity, or the co-occurrence of mental and physical health problems in an individual, across a diverse array of racial, ethnic, and immigrant groups. Christy has received funding from the Ford Foundation, the American Sociological Association, Indiana University’s Graduate Scholars Fellowship, and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows Program. Her research has received awards from the Society for the Study of Social Problems, the North Central Sociological Association, and Indiana University’s Department of Sociology. In addition to research, she has taught an upper level undergraduate course titled Sociology of Mental Illness, mentored undergraduate students through her work with the McNair Scholars Program at Indiana University, and tutored high school students through her participation in the Bloomington Early Mentoring Program.
Outside of her academic pursuits, Christy enjoys singing at her church, taking cardio dance classes, and eating at the numerous ethnic restaurants in Bloomington.