PhD Students

If you are thinking about applying to our PhD program and would like to work with me, please send me an email or schedule a meeting. I am happy to chat.

Chris Bosley

Chris Bosley is a medical sociologist with broad interests in work and health. His dissertation focuses on structural and relational contexts of workplace stress and how they shape employee health outcomes. Chris centers his research on high stress jobs such as medical and emergency service occupations. Chris is a quantitative researcher and has also gained experience in data visualization while working as a Graduate Assistant for UB's Office of Institutional Analysis.  

Kathy D'Alfonso

Kathleen D'Alfonso is a medical sociologist. Her overall research interests are in the intersections of health, policy, aging, and race/ethnicity. Currently, Kathleen is doing research on how these influences vary within Hispanic populations in the U.S.


Chandler Fairbanks

Chandler Fairbanks is interested in the impact of minority stress on different qualities of intimate partner relationships. He aims to identify unique factors that influence satisfaction and commitment levels within sexual minority relationships. His MA thesis, under the direction of Dr. Joanna Pepin, was titled "Bisexuals in Intimate Relationships: The Impact of Stress and Microaggressions on Relationship Quality and Commitment." 

Ayrlia Welch

Ayrlia Welch is interested in investigating inequalities in work, particularly in higher education. Her Master's research examined the link between collegiality and job satisfaction focusing on variations in race, gender, and academic rank. In other research, Welch is studying the social impact of faculty and the social support of siblings bereaved by suicide. 

Zhe (Rachel) Zhang

Zhe/Rachel Zhang's research centers on the intersections between urban sociology, criminology, and, sociology of health. She asks how people’s health and crime rates are shaped by city development (e.g. gentrification). She is also doing research on how family and romantic relationships are implicated in the neighborhood-crime and neighborhood-heath links. 

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Department of Sociology

University at Buffalo

463 Park Hall

Buffalo, NY 14260

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