Bernice A. Pescosolido, Distinguished Professor of Sociology in the Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences and a leading expert on the stigma associated with mental illness, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Pescosolido is the Director of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research and co-director of the Indiana University Network Science Institute. Her research and teaching focus on social issues in health, illness and healing.
Pescosolido’s research agenda addresses how social networks connect individuals to their communities and to institutional structures. It encompasses three basic areas: health care services, stigma and suicide research. Pescosolido is also a leading sociological researcher on suicide. Her work has examined suicide statistics and focused on the way that religion and family ties can protect or push individuals to suicide. Under a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, she devised a big-data solution to move past unique barriers to understanding suicide data. Pescosolido has published widely in sociology, social science, public health and medical journals and served as Vice-President of the American Sociological Association
The National Academy of Medicine announced the election of 70 regular members and nine international members at its annual meeting in October. New members are elected by current active members. Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine addresses critical issues in health, science, medicine and related policy.