Alex Parkhouse


Dr. Parkhouse joined the faculty of the sociology department, Fall 2016. His research and teaching interests are health and illness, mental health and stress process, and social stigma. In his work, he utilizes qualitative and quantitative research methods to investigate a variety of contemporary health-related issues such as chronic illness, health attitudes and behavior, and health outcomes of stigmatized populations. Dr. Parkhouse’s latest research examines stigma and other stressors experienced on a day-to-day basis by people living with psoriasis. Findings from this qualitative work based on in-depth interviews and participant observation, highlight the variety of ways that stigma operates in the stress process, including how stigma-related stress proliferates into many domains of daily life, and how people living with psoriasis manage and cope with stigma and other psoriasis-related stressors. In addition to conducting research on health-related topics, Dr. Parkhouse is especially passionate about his time in the classroom. He teaches courses on the sociology of health and illness, research methods, introductory sociology, and deviance.
Areas of Interest:
  • Medical Sociology
  • Mental Health
  • Social Stigma
  • PhD Sociology, University of New Hampshire
  • MA Sociology, University of North Dakota
  • BA Sociology, University of North Dakota
3125 Art/Sociology Building
Department of Sociology
Phone: (301) 405-3464