Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership

Update: Spring 2018

Dr. Dana Garbarski, Carolyn Farrell Endowed Assistant Professor

Broadly speaking, my research involves the social causes and consequences of health outcomes and health disparities, focusing on both substantive and methodological issues. I focus on survey research methods in particular, as survey research remains an influential methodology through which social, behavioral, and medical researchers learn about the health of populations.

During the Spring 2018 semester, I have continued this work in various capacities. To begin, I revised and resubmitted one article for publication entitled “The Effects of Features of Survey Measurement on Self-Rated Health: Response Option Order and Scale Orientation.” This article was accepted for publication and is forthcoming in Applied Research in Quality of Life. I am also working on two studies that have been or will be submitted for publication. The first, “Rapport in the Standardized Survey Interview: Responsiveness, Engagement, and Future Study Participation” turns prior qualitative work on rapport in the survey interview into a coding scheme in order to examine whether the features of rapport we identified predict respondents’ future survey participation. The second, “Which Activities Count? Using Experimental Data to Understand Conceptualizations of Physical Activity” examines how gender and education shape understanding of and exposure to physical activity, with implications for the measurement of gender disparities in physical activity. I am also working with an orthopedic surgery resident at Stritch School of Medicine to study barriers to applying for an orthopedic surgery residency among medical students, a discipline that remains primarily male-dominated even in the face of rising medical school attendance among women. Finally, I have started work on a grant to be submitted to the Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics Program of the National Science Foundation in August to study whether and how survey measurement processes have differential impact on survey responses across groups defined by race/ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status.

While on leave from teaching this semester, I have also had time to give a few talks. One was at a marketing/public relations firm in Chicago called Walker Sands Communication as part of their speaker series on women and leadership. We discussed sociological research on women and leadership, the similarities and differences between academia and marketing/public relations, and my career path. The other talk was at the University of Wisconsin Survey Center’s monthly research seminar entitled “Examining Interviewers’ Ratings of Respondents’ Health: Predictors and Association with Mortality.” This study explores the potential for interviewers’ ratings of respondents’ health to provide researchers with additional information about respondents’ health during survey interviews. This study is forthcoming in Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Finally, I am working on ideas for programming put on by the Gannon Center over the next few years that will provide the infrastructure to support assistant professors in their research and publications. Please do let me know if you have any ideas you would like to discuss!