Jacob E. Cheadle

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Happold Associate Professor Sociology jcheadle2@unl.edu (402) 472-6037 737 Oldfather Hall
Curriculum Vitae
About Me
I obtained my Ph.D. in Sociology & Demography from the Pennsylvania State University in 2005. After graduating, I had the pleasure of spending two years as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar at the University of Michigan. I am now an Associate Happold Professor of Sociology and co-director of the Biosociology of Minority Health Disparities Research Lab with my colleague, Dr. Bridget Goosby.

My research focuses on how social processes intersect with biological processes to create individual variation in social functioning and health from late childhood and into adulthood. For example, our lab is currently studying how experiencing racial discrimination interacts with stress physiology to shape health disparities in a community sample. In the laboratory, we are interested in how peer pressure can bias adolescent and college students’ decision-making towards risky behaviors. The different projects I am involved with seek to integrate measures at multiple levels of analysis including social networks, physiology, neurobiology, and genetics. We are also interested in social experiences and health over daily to long-term time scales, and using survey and experimental methods.
Current Research & Student Opportunities

We are involved in a range of studies using novel methods to assess stress, social experiences, and health. Our current studies utilize diverse methods including traditional survey methodologies, respondent driven sampling, and experimental designs. On the technological side, we employ both low- and high-density electrophysiology (electroencephalography, specifically) to measure the brain, saliva to measure genes, blood spots to assess health markers, watches/wrist bands to assess sleep and real-time physiological signals, and smartphone applications for ecological momentary assessment. I am always interested in working with students who seek to develop methodological skills, care about research design, are interested in working with novel technologies, enjoy working with undergraduates, and are excited to participate in new data collections. There are many opportunities to work with us, and I consider helping students develop their talents on projects that give them their best opportunities to excel one of the great pleasures of faculty life.  

Selected Publications 

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Goosby, Bridget J., Sarah Malone, Elizabeth Richardson, Jacob E. Cheadle, and Deadric Williams. 2015. “Perceived Discrimination and Markers of Cardiovascular Risk among Low-Income African American Youth.” American Journal of Human Biology 27:546-552. PubMed.

Martin-Storey, Alexa, Jacob E. Cheadle, Julie Skalamera, and Robert Crosnoe. 2015. “Exploring the Social Integration of Sexual Minority Youth Across High School Contexts.” Child Development 86: 965–975. PubMed.

Williams, Deadric T., Cheadle, Jacob E., and Bridget J. Goosby. 2013. “Hard Times and Heart Break: Linking Economic Hardship and Relationship Distress.”  Journal of Family Issues. PubMed.

Goosby, Bridget J., Anna Bellatorre, Katrina Walsemann, and Jacob E. Cheadle. 2013. “Adolescent Loneliness and Health in Early Adulthood.” Sociological Inquiry 83: 505-536. PubMed.

Cheadle, Jacob E., and Deadric T. Williams. 2013. “The Role of Drinking in New and Existing Friendships Across High School Settings.Health 5:18-25.

Cheadle, Jacob E., Michael Stevens, Williams, Deadric T., 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. PubMed.

Cheadle, Jacob E. and Bridget J. Goosby. 2012. "The Small-school Friendship Dynamics of Adolescent Depressive Symptoms." Society and Mental Health 2:99-119. PubMed.

Cheadle, Jacob E. and Kelley J. Sittner Hartshorn. 2012. "Marijuana Use Development Over the Course of Adolescence Among North American Indigenous Youth." Social Science Research 41:1227-1240. PubMed.

Cheadle, Jacob E. and Philip Schwadel. 2012. "The ‘Friendship Dynamics of Religion,’ or the ‘Religious Dynamics of Friendship’? A Social Network Analysis of Adolescents Who Attend Small Schools." Social Science Research 41:1198-1212. PubMed.

Cheadle, Jacob E., and Les Whitbeck. 2011. “Alcohol Use Trajectories and Problem Drinking Over the Course of Adolescence: A Study of North American Indigenous Youth and their Caretakers.Journal of Health & Social Behavior, 52(2): 228:245. PubMed.

Cheadle, Jacob E., and Bridget J. Goosby. 2010. “Birth Weight, Academic Achievement, and Life Chances: A Comparison of Siblings from Childhood into Early Adulthood.” Social Science Research 39:570-584.

Cheadle, Jacob E., Paul R. Amato, and Valerie King. 2010. “Patterns of Nonresident Father Visitation.” Demography 47(1): 205-226. PubMed.

Cheadle, Jacob E. 2009. “Parent Educational Investments and Children’s General Knowledge Development.” Social Science Research 38(2): 477-491.

Goosby, Bridget J., and Jacob E. Cheadle. 2009. “Birth Weight, Math, and Reading Achievement Growth: A Multilevel Between-Sibling, Between-Families Approach.”  Social Forces 87(3): 1291-1320.

Current Research Grant Activity

Cheadle, Jacob E. (PI) and Scott Stoltenberg (Co-PI). “Understanding How Stress Process Physiology Affects Health During Youth and Adulthood Using Polygenic Risk Scores.” SBSRC Minority Health-Related Grants.

Cheadle, Jacob E. (PI) and Elizabeth Straley (Co-PI). “What Can the Brain Tell Us About Discrimination and Mental/Physical Health Outcomes?” Layman New Directions Award.

Cheadle, Jacob E. (PI) and Elizabeth Straley (Co-PI). “Doctoral Dissertation Research: Population Neuroscience Approaches to Minority Discrimination and Health.” NSF Doctoral Dissertation, Sociology Program, 06/01/2015-05/31/2016.

Cheadle, Jacob E. (Co-I; PIs: Timothy Nelson and Bridget J. Goosby). “Stress Exposure, Sleep, and Minority Health Disparities: Understanding Intergenerational Pathways to Health Risk.” SBSRC Minority Health-Related Grants.

Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University

Areas of Specialization:

  • Health and Development
  • Social Neuroscience & Neurosociology
  • Biosociology & Biodemography
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Quantitative Research Methods