Associate Professor, Sociology
426 Eggers Hall
Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion and Lerner Center Director
Co-Director of the Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab
Research Affiliate, Center for Aging and Policy Studies
Aging Studies Institute
Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research
Ph.D., University at Albany, SUNY, 2008
Rural demography, social and structural determinants of health and health disparities, spatial differences in morbidity and mortality
Shannon Monnat is the Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion and Lerner Center Director. She is also Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab at SU. Dr. Monnat is a rural sociologist, demographer, and population health scholar who conducts research on demographic and geographic trends and differences in heath and mortality, with a specific interest in rural health and health disparities. Her most recent research has focused on drug use and overdose, particularly trying to understand the factors that explain demographic and geographic differences in use and overdose rates. She has published over 70 peer-reviewed academic journal articles, book chapters, research briefs, and reports, and has presented her research to numerous public, academic, and policy audiences, including the United Nations, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academy of Sciences, the Aspen Institute, the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, and at Congressional briefings. Her research has been featured in several media outlets, including CNN, NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Atlantic. Monnat teaches graduate courses in Demographic Processes and Health and Place and an undergraduate Introduction to Sociology course. Full Biography
Research Grants and Awards
Principal Investigator. “Implementing Plans of Safe Care for Pregnant Women with Substance Use Disorders.” Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. 2022-2023.
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.
Principal Investigator. “Demographic, Geographic, and Temporal Trends in Mortality from Drugs, Alcohol, and Suicide among Working-Age Adults.” Center for Aging and Policy Studies pilot grant funded through National Institute on Aging. 2020-2022.
Principal Investigator. “Implementing and Evaluating the Efficacy of a New Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Plan of Safe Care.” Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. 2020-2021.
Subcontract Principal Investigator. “The New York Opioid Court Treatment Enhancement Project.” National Institute of Justice. 2019-2022.
Co-Principal Investigator. "Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging." National Institute on Aging. 2019-2024.
Co-Investigator. "Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities in 21st Century America." National Institute on Aging. 2019-2024.
Co-Investigator. "Building Drug Intelligence Networks to Combat the Opioid Crisis in Rural Communities: A Collaborative Intelligence-led
Policing Strategy." National Institute of Justice. 2019-2020.
Co-Investigator. “Understanding Opioid Risks in Rural and Micropolitan Communities: Economic Restructuring, Social Disorganization, and Local Responses.” USDA National Institute
of Food and Agriculture, Agriculture Food and Research Initiative (AFRI). 2018-2022.