Dena Smith ’03, assistant professor of Sociology, is in her third year of teaching at
Goucher. Over the past few years, Smith has published an article for the American Sociological Association Journal, two book chapters, and is currently working on a book related to her research on the sociology of health and illness and mental health.
Medical sociology, which looks at health, illness, and medicalization from a sociological perspective, is important in the field of medicine, but not something all doctors are trained in.
“Medical sociologists contribute so much to how we think about health and illness,” Smith explains.