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Daniel L. Carlson

Assistant Professor    

Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2010


Family, Mental Health, Gender, and the Life Course


Dr. Carlson joined the Sociology Department at Georgia State University in Fall 2012.   His primary research areas include: family, mental health, aging and the life course,  and the gendered division of labor.

Within his primary research areas he is particularly interested in understanding variation across gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status in individuals’ family circumstances and the consequences of this variation for well-being and group inequalities. To date, this general interest has resulted in three streams of research. The first stream of research involves understanding the health consequences of discrepancies between individuals’ expectations for family formation and their actual experiences. The second examines the causes and consequences of the gendered division of labor in families. The final research stream  examines race/ethnic and socioeconomic differences in family formation experiences and orientations and the consequence of these for well-being and  health disparities.

His research has produced manuscripts published in outlets such as Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Family Issues, Social Science Research, Social Science & Medicine, and Journal of Youth and Adolescence and earned him the Outstanding Graduate Student/New Professional Award from the National Council on Family Relations (2011)

Dr. Carlson’s teaching interests include: Sociological Theory, Research Methods, Statistics, Sociology of Family, Sociology of Mental Health, Aging and the Life Course, Work and Family, and Family Demography.

Curriculum Vitae


Carlson, Daniel L., Thomas L. McNulty, Paul E. Bellair, and Stephen Watts. 2014. “Neighborhoods and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Adolescent Sexual Risk Behavior” Journal of Youth and Adolescence 43: 1536-1549

Carlson, Daniel L., Ben Lennox Kail, Jamie L. Lynch, and Marlaina Dreher*. 2014. “The Affordable Care Act, Dependent Health Insurance Coverage, and Young Adults’ Health.” Sociological Inquiry 84: 191-209.

Carlson, Daniel L., and Jamie L. Lynch. 2013. “Housework: Cause and Consequence of Gender Ideology?” Social Science Research 42: 1505 – 1518.

Carlson, Daniel L. 2012. “Deviations from Desired Age at Marriage: Mental Health Differences across Marital Status.”  Journal of Marriage and Family 74: 743 – 758.

Carlson, Daniel L. 2011. “Explaining the Curvilinear Relationship between Age at First Birth and Depression among Women.” Social Science & Medicine 72: 494 – 503.

Carlson, Daniel L. and Kristi Williams. 2011. “Parenthood, Life Course Expectations, and Mental Health.” Society and Mental Health 1(1): 20 – 40.

Carlson, Daniel L. and Chris Knoester. 2011. “The Influence of Family Structure on Parent-Child Gender Ideology Similarity.” Journal of Family Issues 32: 709 – 734.