Professor, Sociology Department
Lerner Chair in Public Health Promotion and Population Health, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion and Population Health
Director and Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research
Co-Director, Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab
Research Affiliate, Aging Studies Institute
Research Affiliate, Center for Aging and Policy Studies
SOC 667.001 Population Processes, Wednesday 12:45-3:30, Maxwell Hall 303
Highest degree earned
Shannon Monnat is the Lerner Chair in Public Health Promotion and Population Health, director of the Center for Policy Research, and professor of sociology in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Monnat is a rural demographer and population health scholar whose research examines trends and geographic differences in health and mortality, with a special interest in rural health and health disparities. She is a leading national expert on structural and spatial determinants of drug overdose and other deaths of despair. Her most recent research has focused on geographic differences in COVID-19 experiences and impacts.
She has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and she regularly writes policy briefs for non-academic audiences. Monnat has been the PI or co-investigator on externally funded projects totaling over $12 million, including from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Justice, United States Department of Agriculture, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Institute for New Economic Thinking.
She currently leads a NIDA-funded project to examine the effects of state’s COVID-19 mitigation policies on working-age adult psychological well-being, drug overdose, and suicide and co-leads an NIA-funded project on how state policies and county economic conditions have jointly contributed to the large and growing geographic disparities in midlife mortality, psychosocial wellbeing, and health behaviors in the U.S.
Monnat teaches courses in demographic processes and health and place.
Areas of Expertise
Rural demography, social and structural determinants of health and health disparities, spatial differences in morbidity and mortality
Research Grant Awards and Projects
Multiple Principal Investigator. “Geographic Trends and Disparities in Psychosocial Wellbeing, Health Behaviors, and Mortality in Midlife.” National Institute on Aging (R01 AG082699). 2023-2028.
Consultant. “The Effect of Medicaid Expansion on Mortality Disparities and Poverty.” National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (U01 MD017700). 2022-2027.
Principal Investigator. “State’s COVID-19 Mitigation Policies and Psychological Health, Drug Overdose, and Suicide among U.S. Adults.” National Institute on Drug Abuse (U01 DA055972). 2021-2025.
Co-Principal Investigator. "Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging." National Institute on Aging (R24 AG065159). 2019-2024.
Co-Investigator. "Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities in 21st Century America." National Institute on Aging (2R24 AG045061). 2019-2024.
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