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Philip J. Pettis

Philip J. Pettis, LMSW, MA research addresses questions at the intersection of medical sociology, social networks, gender and sexuality, social inequality, and social psychology. In particular, he qualitatively and quantitatively examines the impact of both contextual-level factors and social networks on variation in health outcomes with an emphasis on sexual orientation and gender. Understanding that health outcomes across sexual orientation and gender are also shaped synergistically by other social identities, he takes an intersectional approach to examine three research questions. First, how do structural-level factors influence both between and within-group health disparities? Second, how do social networks produce inequalities in health? Third, how do social network characteristics and structures mediate and moderate the relationship between contextual-level factors and health? He is currently an NIH-funded Social Networks & Health Fellow sponsored by Duke University Network Analysis Center.