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Degree and Year in Program

4th Year PhD Student


Christina Falci, Tomni Dance, Lisa Kort-Butler

Areas of Specialization

Health & Medicine; Sociology of Diagnosis; Social Construction of Health & Health Knowledge; Medicine and Social Control; Critical Theory; Intersectional Feminism; Decolonizing Knowledge; Epistemology

About me

I am a Health Policy Research Scholar through the national leadership program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Heath Policy Research Scholar program builds equity by investing in scholars from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds, who thereby bring unique and diverse perspectives to their research.


My dissertation investigates the stigma experiences of people with brain injury and their romantic partners, and factors that improve the relationship quality of these couples. I am interviewing participants individually and dyadically via email. Throughout this project, I am mentoring and aided by an undergraduate research assistant through the Department of Sociology USTARS program. My dissertation is supported by a grant from the Health Policy Research Scholars, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


My work broadly focuses on how societal oppressions are associated with demographic inequities in health. An ongoing project examines gender and contested illnesses. I have worked as a research assistant on quantitative laboratory experiments, as well as qualitative focus groups. I volunteered for the CDC via the Association for University Centers on Disability as a qualitative researcher during the COVID-19 pandemic. I have moderate proficiency in American Sign Language and Italian, and basic proficiency in French.


I am an interdisciplinary scholar. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Pittsburgh, with minors in Italian and Theatre Arts, and a Certificate in Psychosocial Issues in Rehabilitation and Personal Care. I received a Master of Arts in Anthropology and Social Change from the California Institute of Integrative Studies.


Courses Taught

SOCI 252 Health Medicine & Society; SOCI 320 Sociology of Sport; SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology recitation

Other affiliations

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholars