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Marta Elliott, Ph.D.

Department Of Sociology
Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Social Psychology

Ph.D. in Sociology, Johns Hopkins University, 1994

MA, BA, Ohio State University 1990, 1988

Dr. Marta Elliott is a Professor of Sociology.  She received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1994.  She joined the sociology faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1996. Her areas of research and teaching interests include the sociology of health and illness and the sociology of religion. 

Over the 2008-9 academic year Dr. Elliott was a co-author on four articles published in refereed scholarly journals and co-author on seven presentations made at professional conferences.  She was awarded a research grant from the National Science Foundation to study gender differences in the effects of stress on health, and continues her research on suicide funded by the Nevada Public Health Trust Fund.  She also received funding internal to UNR to study the needs of student veterans, both at UNR and throughout the NSHE and recently issued a Needs Assessment of University of Nevada, Reno Student Veterans. She is Co-Chair of the recently founded UNR Veterans Coalition through which she advocates for the needs of veterans through-out the state, and she served on the 2008-9 admissions committee for the state medical school (UNSOM).  In addition to teaching five courses and participating in five team-taught graduate seminars, she oversaw the completion of two PhD Dissertations (R.David Hayward and Edina Jambor) and one MA thesis (Morgan Green) and continues to advise several students on their graduate research. 

Recent Publications:

Lowman, Jennifer and Marta Elliott.  Forthcoming.  “A Multi-level Model of the Educational Intentions of High-School Sophomores.” Social Psychology of Education

Green, Morgan and Marta Elliott.  In Press. “Religion, Health and Psychological Well-Being.” Journal of Religion and Health

Elliott, Marta and Hayward, R. David.  In Press (available online).  “Religion and Well-Being in Cross-National Perspective.”  Sociology of Religion

Hayward, R. David and Marta Elliott. 2009. Fitting in with the Flock: Social Attractiveness as a Mechanism for Well-Being in Religious Groups. European Journal of Social Psychology 39(4): 592-607

Elliott, Marta.  2008.  “Gender Differences in the Causes of Work and Family Strain Among Academic Faculty.”  Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment 17(1/2): 157-173

Professional Presentations

Kaunismaki, Yvette, Marta Elliott, Barbara S. Kohlenberg, Morgan Green and Barbara Larsen.  “How People Cope by Attempting Suicide.”  Poster presented at the 2009 Annual Meetings of the American Psychiatric Association, San Francisco, CA

Elliott, Marta, Barbara Larsen and Carlene Gonzalez. “U.S. Military Veterans Transition to College: Combat Exposure, PTSD, and Discomforts on Campus.”  Paper presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, San Diego, CA

Maitoza, Robyn and Marta Elliott.  “Sex Differences in the Health Effects of Work and Family Conflict.” Paper presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, San Diego, CA

Hayward, R. David, and Marta Elliott. “Subjective and Objective Fit in Religious Congregations: Implications for Well-Being.” Poster presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Preconference. Tampa, FL. 

Elliott, Marta, Barbara Kohlenberg, Morgan Green, and Yvette Kaunismaki.  “Stories of Suicide in Economic Hard Times.”  Paper presented at the 2008 annual meetings of the Nevada Public Health Association, Las Vegas, NV

Hayward, R. David and Elliott, Marta.  “Objective and Subjective Fit with Congregational Norms as Predictors of Life Satisfaction.”  Poster presented at the 2008 annual meetings of the Society for Spirituality, Theology, and Health, Durham, NC

Lowman, Jennifer and Elliott, Marta.So You Want to Go to College, Big Deal! The Future of Research on Educational Aspirations”. Paper presented at the 2008 annual meeting of the Sociology of Education Association, Asilomar, CA

Funded research
External research grants

  • Elliott, Marta.  Principal Investigator.  “Gender Differences, Stress and Health Outcomes” sponsored by the National Science Foundation, $105,821

Date awarded: July 1, 2009                              End date: June 30, 201

  • Elliott, Marta.  Principal Investigator.  “Near-Lethal Suicide Attempts: Analysis and Recommendations” sponsored by the Nevada Public Health Trust Fund, $128,185

Date awarded: July 1, 2007                              End date: June 30, 2009

Internal research grants

  • Elliott, Marta.  Principal Investigator.  “Veterans Coming Home to College: Sources of Strain and Solutions for Success” sponsored by the UNR College of Liberal Arts Scholarly and Creative Activities Grant Program, $4,580

Date awarded: May 21st, 2009

  • Elliott, Marta.  Principal Investigator.  “Needs Assessment of Student Veterans at UNR” funded by the Vice President for Student Services and the Vice Provost for Instruction and Undergraduate Programs, $2,897

Date Awarded: January 1, 2008

Graduate students
PhD awarded

  • Jambor, Edina.  2009 PhD dissertation.  “Quality of Life of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals in Northern Nevada”
  • Hayward, David.  2008 PhD dissertation. “Toward an Integrated Group Dynamics Model of Religion and Well-Being”

MA awarded

  • Green, Morgan.  2008 MA thesis.  “Religion, Health and Psychological Well-Being”


UNSOM Admissions Committee, 2008-9
Co-founded and Co-Chairs the University Veterans Coalition
Authored the Needs Assessment of University of Nevada, Reno Student Veterans, February 2009

Contact Info:

You can e-mail Dr. Elliott at melliott@unr.edu


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