Christina D. Falci
My research focus has two key branches. First, I work to understand the social determinants of mental health and illness. Drawing from a variety of theoretical perspectives, such as the Stress Process Model, I focus on four key determinants: social network structure, perceptions of social relationships, stress exposure and the self-concept. Second, drawing from social psychology and network theory, I study both the predictors and consequences of faculty networks. As part of the Faculty Network and Workload Study (FNWS), I collected two waves of data on faculty about their network ties to other faculty (research and friendship), academic climate perceptions (e.g., collegiality and organizational commitment), and productivity (in research, teaching and service). With these data, I examine how the structure of networks among faculty within academic departments varies across status characteristics, such as race and gender. I also study how a faculty member’s position within their department network shapes their perceptions of collegiality, job satisfaction and organizational commitment.
At UNL, I have taught several different courses, such as courses in Research Methods and the Sociology of Mental Health at both the graduate and undergraduate level. I have also developed a graduate seminar in Gender and the Workplace and an undergraduate course on the Social Psychology of Inequality.