I am an assistant professor of sociology. I earned my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before joining the department, I spent two years as a Postdoctoral Research Associate working on the Minority Health Disparities Initiative (MHDI) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. From 2012-2013, I was an American Sociological Association Minority Fellow.
My research focusses on the intersections of families, health, and inequality. More specifically, I am a quantitative sociologist with research interests in the consequences of stress for health and health risk behaviors within families and among peer groups. My work emphasizes three general themes: reciprocity between stress and relationship health in couple dyads; stress exposure and mental (and physical) health outcomes; and, health risk behaviors.
Current Research & Student Opportunities
I am currently collecting data from African American couples for a pilot study titled “Couples’ Physiological Synchronicity: Stress, Health, and Relationship Functioning in Everyday Life” to understand health physiology, stress, and relationship quality among couple dyads. I am collecting data that include salivary cortisol, physiological data (e.g., electrodermal activity, heart rate, etc.) via wearable devices, and ecological momentary assessments through smartphone technology to capture emotion states, stress, and relationship interactions over the course of the day. The study is designed to understand how external factors (e.g., discrimination, work, etc.) and family life “gets under the skin” to influence health. Feel free to contact me with any questions or to discuss possible research opportunities.
Williams, Deadric T., Jacob E. Cheadle, and Bridget J. Goosby. 2015. “Hard Times and Heart Break: Linking Economic Hardship and Relationship Distress.” Journal of Family Issues 36: 924-950
Goosby, Bridget J., Sarah Malone, Elizabeth Richardson, Jacob Cheadle, and Deadric T. Williams. 2015. “Perceived Discrimination and Markers of Cardiovascular Risk among Low-Income African American Youth.” American Journal of Human Biology 27: 546-552.
Cheadle, Jacob E., Michael Stevens, Deadric T. Williams, and Bridget J. Goosby. 2013. “The Differential Contributions of Teen Drinking Homophily to New and Existing Friendships: An Empirical Assessment of Assortative and Proximity Selection Mechanisms.” Social Science Research 42: 1297-1310
Cheadle, Jacob E. and Deadric T. Willliams. 2013. “The Role of Drinking in New and Existing Friendships across High School Settings.” Health 5: 18-25