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Stephen J. Kunitz, M.D., Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Office: (585) 275-1545

Biography

Research

Research: History and sociology of medicine, historical and contemporary comparative demography and epidemiology.

Broadly my research has been on several related topics perhaps best described as the sociology of medical knowledge, the history of medicine, and the relationship between social change and morbidity and mortality. In the first area, I have done work on changing ideas of disease causality and classification in medicine and public health, and on the social determinants of differing concepts of disease. In the second, I have done work on the causes of mortality decline in Europe, the impact of Europeans on the health of non-Europeans, and numerous field studies among American Indians on changing disease patterns and on the causes and consequences of alcohol use and abuse.

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Education

1960
BA | Yale University
Foreign Language Or Lit

1960
BA | Yale University
Foreign Language Or Lit

1964
MD | Univ Rochester Sch Med/Dent
Medicine

1964
MD | University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Medicine

1968
MA | Yale University
Medical Specialties, Oth

1968
MA | Yale University
Medical Specialties, Oth

1970
PhD | Yale University
Sociology

1970
PhD | Yale University
Sociology

Awards

2009
Health Clark Lecturer
Sponsor: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

2006
Fulbright Senior Specialist
Sponsor: Australia

2002 - 2006
Health Policy Investigator Award
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

2002
Fulbright Senior Specialist
Sponsor: Australia

1986
National Academy of Sciences Exchange Fellow
Sponsor: Yugoslavia

1980
Library Award
Sponsor: Rochester Academy of Medicine

1976
National Academy of Sciences Exchange Fellow
Location: Yugoslavia

1970 - 1971
Buswell Faculty Fellow

1969 - 1970
Special Post-Doctoral Award
Sponsor: NIMH

1967 - 1968
Post-doctoral Fellow in the History of Medicine and Biological Sciences
Sponsor: Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation

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Publications

Journal Articles

2/2016
Kunitz SJ. "Historical Influences on Contemporary Tobacco Use by Northern Plains and Southwestern American Indians." American journal of public health.. 2016 Feb 0; 106(2):246-55. Epub 2015 Dec 21.

2016
Kunitz, S.J. "Sophie Aberle among the Pueblos". New Mexico Historical Review. 2016; : 121-145.

2016
Kunitz, S.J.; Horowitz, D. "Paradox and Privilege: A 55-year follow-up of the mortality of Yale College graduates". Social Science and Medicine-Population Health [SSM-Population Health]. 2016; : 327-332.

Books & Chapters

2015
Book Title: Regional Cultures and Mortality in America
Author List: S.J. Kunitz
Published By: Cambridge University Press2015 in New York

2007
Book Title: The Health of Populations: General Theories and Particular Realities
Author List: S.J. Kunitz
Published By: Oxford University Press2007 in New York

2000
Book Title: Drinking, Conduct Disorder, and Social Change: Navajo Experiences
Author List: S.J. Kunitz and J.E. Levy
Published By: Oxford University Press2000 in New York

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