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Professor Emeritus Sociology


Curriculum Vitae

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Current Research

My current research focuses upon adolescent substance use and abuse, homeless and runaway youth, victimization, and mental health.  I also have a long-term interest in survey methods including the design and implementation of research with hard-to-access and high-risk populations, research ethics and community-based participatory research.  

Student Opportunities

I am currently working on research and publications examining risk and resilience among homeless and runaway youth, particularly with respect to the roles that social networks play for these youth.  I am also working on a new program of research looking at trends and variations in rural adolescent alcohol and substance abuse.  Both of these projects include active research opportunities for interested graduate and undergraduate students.  

I have some limited funding to support partial appointments for graduate students and undergraduate research assistants who are interested in developing applied research skills and experiences.  I hold weekly meetings that are part collaboration on publication opportunities and part informal professional development support.

I am available to serve on graduate student committees, but I am no longer taking on the role of supervising faculty member as I am near retirement.

Current Teaching

My teaching role is limited given my current administrative appointments.  

Selected Publications

Whitbeck, Les B., Kelley Sittner Hartshorn, Devan Crawford, Melissa Walls, Kari Gentzler & Dan R. Hoyt. (2014).  Mental and substance use disorders from early adolescence to young adulthood among Indigenous young people:  Final diagnostic results from an eight-year panel studySocial Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology49(6): 961-73. 

Falci, Christina, Les B. Whitbeck, Dan R. Hoyt, & Trina Rose. (2011).   Predictors of Change in Self-Reported Social Networks among Homeless Young People.  Journal of Research on Adolescence, 21: 847-861.

Whitbeck, Les B., Hoyt, Dan R., Johnson, Kurt, & Chen, Xiaojin.  (2007).   Victimization and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder among Runaway and Homeless Adolescents.  Violence and Victims22: 721-734.

Johnson, Kurt D., Les B. Whitbeck, and Dan R. Hoyt. (2005).  Predictors of Social Network Composition among Homeless and Runaway Adolescents.  Journal of Adolescence, 28:231-248.

Recent Grant Activity

Co-Investigator (Les Whitbeck, PI).  Alcohol Abuse/Dependence and its Consequences for Indigenous Adolescents. National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, 2012-2015.

Other Information

My current administrative duties include serving as the Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium as well as occupying the position of Research Integrity Officer and Institutional Official for Human Subjects Research for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Areas of Specialization:

  • Substance Use and Abuse
  • Homeless & Runaway Youth
  • Mental Health
  • Victimization
  • Survey Research Methods