Elizabeth Culatta

Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Culatta

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Department of Social Sciences

School of Public Health
Department of Institute for Public and Preventive Health


My research program concentrates on how identity processes affect health, especially during the transition to adulthood.

  • AH N219


  • Ph.D., Sociology University of Georgia, 2018

  • MA, Sociology University of Georgia, 2012

Awards & Honors

  • Pamplin Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching Pamplin College, 2023

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • HONR 3900H

    Honors: Breaking Boundaries
  • SOCI 1101

    Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 4317

    Sociology of Health Care
  • SOCI 3317

    Sociology of Health and Illnes

Teaching Interests

Sociology of Health and Illness Sociology of Health Care Introduction to Sociology Gender and Work Social Psychology Sociological Theory


Selected Recent Publications

  • Microaggressions and Mental Health at the Intersections of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation in Graduate and Law School, 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • “I’m an adult now”: Health risk behaviors and identifying as an adult, 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Falling Behind and Feeling Bad: Unmet Expectations and Mental Health during the Transition to Adulthood, 2021
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Individual Vulnerability and Organizational Context as Risks for Sexual Harassment among Female Graduate Students. , 2021
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Sexual Revictimization: A Routine Activity Theory Explanation., 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Social Determinants of Health Mental Health and Social Stress Sexual Victimization Identity Processes in Transition to Adulthood

Department Service

  • Curriculum Committee 2022 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair

College Service

  • Pamplin Faculty Council 2022 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Curriculum Committee 2018 - 2019

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • Undergraduate Research and Fine Arts Planning Committee 2023 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Pamplin Faculty Council 2022 - Present

    Role: Committee Member