J. Scott Brown, PhD

Scott Brown

Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology & Gerontology
Scripps Research Fellow

Email: sbrow@MiamiOH.edu 
Phone: 513-529-8325 
Office: Upham Hall, 376

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PhD, Sociology, Duke University
MA, Sociology, Duke University
MS, Applied Sociology, Clemson University
BA, History & Sociology, Furman University

Research Interests

Life course and aging, with emphases on demographic assessment of mortality and morbidity, race and ethnicity, statistical methods, and the welfare state

Biographical Sketch

Dr. J. Scott Brown is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Gerontology and Research Fellow with Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University. His research interests are focused on wealth and health inequalities across the life course with particular emphasis on gender and race differences in physical and mental health. He has authored or co-authored over two dozen articles and book chapters across multiple research areas including mortality and disability, mental-health life course trajectories across age, variation in race and ethnic measurement and its social and health implications, and cross-national investigation of the initiation of and changes in welfare state policies. Additionally, he co-authored a book on Global Aging. Dr. Brown is currently finishing work on a National Institutes of Health funded multi-year research project investigating the life course effects of region of residence in early life on a variety of subjective and objective health outcomes in mid- and late-life. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Selected Publications

Sun, N., Hua, C.L., Qiu, X., & Brown, J. S. (2022) Determinants of COVID-19 testing among late middle-aged and older adults: applying the health belief model. Aging and Health Researchhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.ahr.2022.100066

Bulanda, J. R., Yamashita, T., & Brown, J. S. (2020). Marital quality, gender, and later-life depressive symptom trajectories. Journal of Women & Aging. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/08952841.2020.1818538

La, H.T., Hua, C.L. and Brown, J.S. (2021). The relationship among caregiving duration, paid leave, and caregiver burden. In P. N. Claster & S. L. Blair, (Eds.), Aging and the Family: Understanding Changes in Structural and Relationship Dynamics (Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research, Vol. 17, pp. 83-96). Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, https://doi.org/10.1108/S1530-353520210000017005

Sun, N., Hua, C. L., Qiu, X., & Brown, J. S. (2020). Urban and rural differences in trajectories of depressive symptoms in later life in the United States. Journal of Applied Gerontology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/0733464820972527

Hua, C. L. & Brown, J. S. (2020). Childhood socioeconomic status and physical activity in later life: The role of perceived neighborhood social cohesion and wealth in adulthood. Journal of Applied Gerontology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/0733464820969312

Hua, C. L., Brown, J. S., & Jennifer R. Bulanda, J. R. (2020). Intergenerational ambivalence and loneliness in later life. The Journal of Marriage and the Family. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/jomf.12716

Nwakasi, C. C., Brown, J. S., & Anyanwu, P. (2019). What could be influencing older Ghanaians outpatient care utilization rate? Ghana Medical Journal, 53(3), 217-225. http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/gmj.v53i3.6

Nwakasi, C., Brown, J. S., Subedi., S., & Esiaka, D. (2020). Depression, functional disability, and accessing health care among older adults in Ghana and South Africa: A comparative study based on WHO Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE). Aging & Mental Health. doi.10.1080/13607863.2020.1758904

Mehri, N., Kinney, J. M., Brown, J. S., & Rostami, M. R. (2019). Informal caregiving and all-cause mortality: A meta-analysis of longitudinal, population-based studies. Journal of Applied Gerontology. doi:10.1177/0733464819893603

Abbott, K. M., B. K., A., Straker, J. K., & Brown, J. S. (2019). Resident preferences and CNA empowerment: Testing validity and reliability of a culture change survey tool. Journal of Applied Gerontology. doi.10.1177/0733464819884862

Brown, J. S., Subedi, J., Subedi, S., Basnyat, K., & Tausig, M. (2018). Fundamental causes in illness and health behavior: A cross-national comparison of young adults in the US and Nepal. Open Access Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine, 3(3), 555615. doi:10.19080/OAJGGM.2018.03.555615

Hua, C. L., Bardo, A. R., & Brown, J. S. (2018). Mistrust in physicians does not explain black-white disparities in primary care and emergency department utilization: The importance of socialization during the Jim Crow era. Journal of the National Medical Association. doi:10.1016/j.jnma.2018.01.006

Yamashita, T., Liu, D., Lopez, E. B., Stevens, J. & Brown, J. S. (2017). Public health perspectives on health literacy. In Karen Kipera-Frye, (Ed.), pp. 73-94, Health literacy among older adults. New York: Springer. 



Highlighted Work

Photo of front of book titled Global Aging

Dr. Brown and Dr. Kunkel coauthored the first global aging text book. Using a comparative, cross-national perspective, the text explores the major topics in social gerontology worldwide and the demands that the aging population places on a society.

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