Dr. Parkhouse is a medical sociologist whose research and teaching interests focus on health-related issues including stigma and chronic illness, stress and mental health, health disparities, and health literacy. His research is aimed toward unveiling social processes that shape experiences of and outcomes to health, especially among marginalized groups. In a recent paper, “Experiences of Stigma-Stress among People Living with Psoriasis in the United States" (published in the March 2019 issue of the American Journal of Health Behavior), he conducted 23 qualitative interviews with people living with psoriasis from across the U.S. and one U.S. territory, to examine daily lived experiences of stigma as a source of stress. Study results highlight the ways anticipated and experienced stigma contribute to burdensome feelings of being different and how stigma-stress proliferates, affecting daily functioning of people living with psoriasis and their family and intimate networks. Currently, he is working as principal investigator on a qualitative project to understand 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. 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
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Spring '19: T/TH 11am-12noon & by appointment