Alex Parkhouse


Dr. Parkhouse is a medical sociologist whose research and teaching interests concern a variety of contemporary health-related issues such as chronic illness, mental health & social stress, health attitudes & behavior, and health outcomes of stigmatized populations. He serves on the faculty of the department of sociology, and is an affiliate faculty member of the UMD School of Public Health’ Horowitz Center for Health Literacy. In his role as principal investigator, he currently is leading a study aimed at qualitatively examining antimicrobial stewardship practices among prescribers at the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The on-going study is a collaborative effort with colleagues in the sociology department and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, division of infectious diseases. In another study, Parkhouse’s latest research qualitatively investigates the variety of ways that stigma and other stressors operate in the daily lives of people living with psoriasis. In addition to his work in the field, Dr. Parkhouse is especially passionate about his time in the classroom. He regularly teaches courses on the sociology of health and illness, research methods, and introductory sociology.
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
Office Hours:
Fall '18: T/TH 8:30am-9:30am