Linda E Francis, PhD
 Title: Interim Chair & Assoc Prof
Graduate Program Director
 Dept: Criminology Anthropology & Sociology
 Office: RT 1736
 Phone: 216-687-4510
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1736, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Sociology of Emotions, Social Psychology, Mental Health, Medical Sociology, formal and informal caregiving, stress, grief, affect and cognition, patient-provider interaction,
Ph.D., Sociology, Indiana University, 1995
M.A., Sociology, Indiana University, 1990
B.A., Sociology, Colorado College, 1985
Brief Bio:
I received my PhD in Sociology from Indiana University at Bloomington, where I conducted my dissertation research on interpersonal emotion management in support groups for divorce and bereavement. I subsequently spent two years as a post doctoral fellow in Mental Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I spent over ten in the School of Social Welfare in the Stony Brook University Health Sciences Center, before moving to Cleveland and taking a position with the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. I spent three years there doing psychosocial cancer research out of the MetroHealth Medical Center, where I still retain Bioscientific Staff status. I have been in my current position here at Cleveland State University since 2011.
Honors and Awards:
2013-14 CSU Faculty Merit Recognition Awards
2009 NCI Summer Scholar in Cancer Prevention and Control
2008-2011 NCI Prevention Research and Education Program Fellow
1998-2000 New York State/United University Professions Individual Development Awards
1994-1996 NIMH Mental Health Services and Systems Program Fellow
1991-93 George and Elizabeth Lange Memorial Scholarship
1986-87 West European Studies Foreign Language & Area Studies
1985-90 Indiana University Tuition Scholarship
Research Interests:
My research has often appeared eclectic, as I have not focused consistently on a single population or group. I have studied support groups for divorce and bereavement, severe mental illness in the community mental health system, health care providers, pregnant women in poverty, people with cancer, cancer caregivers, and most recently, people with Alzheimer's disease. The common underlying theme of all these studies has been the focus on provider-client interaction, or patient/caregiver experience of illness. My interests center on processes of cognitive defining of medical situations and emotional or affective responses. From 2012-2014, I had funding from the National Cancer Institute to study the social stress context of bereavement and distress among bereaved cancer caregivers. This study explored the idea that stress proliferation, not just bereavement, would predict levels of psychological distress among grieving caregivers. In 2018, I received a grant from the Alzheimer's Association to develop a proposed virtual training program for nursing staff in residential care facilities for people with dementia. Based on our prior finding that self-sentiments persist even as self-identification fades, my collaborators and I plan to train STNAs to interact with residents on the basis of affective, rather than cognitive memory.
Teaching Areas:
My teaching interests reflect correspond with this background. The courses I teach at the undergraduate level include Sociology of Mental Health, Medical Sociology, Mental Health Policy and Services, and Social Interaction.  At the graduate level I teach Sociology of Health and Health Care, and Research Methods.
Professional Affiliations:
American Sociological Association
International Society for Research on Emotion
Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction
Professional Service:
¿ Chair, ASA Section on Sociology of Emotions, 8/2014-8/2015

¿ Chair-Elect, ASA Section on Sociology of Emotions, 8/2013-8/2014

¿ Member, ASA Emotions Section Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, 2013-14

¿ Editorial Board, Qualitative Sociology, 2010-2018.

¿ Chair, Professional and External Affairs Committee, ASA Social Psychology Section, 2011-12.

¿ Co-Chair, Professional and External Affairs Committee, ASA Social Psychology Section, 2010-11.

¿ Member, Ad Hoc Committee, ASA Social Psychology Section, 2009-2010.

¿ Member, Nominations Committee, ASA Social Psychology Section, 2008-2009.

¿ Treasurer, ASA Section on the Sociology of Emotions, 2006-2007.

¿ Editorial Board, Sociological Perspectives, 2003-2007.

¿ Council Member, ASA Emotions Section, August 2003- August 2005.

¿ Chair, Program Committee, ASA Section on the Sociology of Emotions, 2002.
¿ Member, Graduate Student Paper Award Committees, ASA Section on Social Psychology, 2002 and ASA Section on Emotions, 1998-2000.

¿ Reviewer for Journals:  Social Psychology Quarterly, Emotion Review, American Sociological Review, Sociological Quarterly, American Journal of Sociology, Symbolic Interaction, Social Problems, Sociological Perspectives, Social Science Quarterly, Social Forces, Psycho-Oncology, Quality of Life Research, Qualitative Sociology, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Emotion Review, and Omega.
Research Grants:
Francis, Linda E. ¿The Context of Caregiving and Bereavement among Caregivers of Late-Stage Cancer Patients: Twenty-four month mixed method follow-up of a prospective study of late stage cancer and caregiving.¿ National Cancer Institute, 5R03CA159906-02:  Awarded: $141,537 for 2012-2014.

Schrop, Susan, Linda Francis, Brian Pendleton, Anthony LaScala and Gary McCord. ¿The Other Side of the Story: Understanding Patients¿ Communication with their Physicians.¿ NEOUCOM Summer Research Award and American Association of Family Physicians, Awarded $7500 for 2008-2009.

Baughman, Kristin, Linda Francis, Elizabeth Piatt and Heidi Eve-Cahoon. ¿Pilot Study on Disparities in Resilience and Coping with Breast Cancer.¿ NEOUCOM Research Pilot Fund, Awarded $6000 for 2007-2008.

Schoenfeld, Elinor, Jedan Phillips, Linda Francis, Margaret Davis, Aldustus Jordan. 2006-2008, ¿Word on the Street: Creating a Multigenerational Prostate Cancer Dialogue in the African American Community.¿ Funded by the National Cancer Institute, Awarded $319,253 for 2006-2008.

Francis, Linda, and Paul Colson. 1998. ¿Assessing Consumer Involvement in the Provision of Services to People with Severe Mental Illness.¿ Funded by the American Sociological Association¿s Sydney S. Spivack Program in Applied Social Research & Social Policy Community Action Award. Awarded $2539 for 1998-1999.