Eileen E. Avery

Eileen E. Avery
Associate Professor
303 Middlebush Hall
(573) 882-6341

Ph.D. 2009, The Ohio State University

Areas of Study: 

Health inequalities, urban and community sociology, criminology, quantitative methods

Research and Teaching: 

Health inequalities, wellbeing, fear, crime, community, income inequality, survey methodology, and quantitative methods

Eileen Avery teaches courses on population health, criminology, and statistics. She is interested in the ways in which economic, social, and built residential contexts are associated with health and wellbeing. She has published articles on the relationship between neighborhood context and health and mortality, fear, cohesion, and experiences with police. In collaboration with colleagues at the University of Missouri, she has designed, implemented, and analyzed data from the “Your Ideas Count” Conservation Opinion Survey and the Missouri Crime and Victimization Survey for the Missouri Department of Conservation and Missouri State Highway Patrol respectively. These projects are ongoing.

Select Publications: 

(Formerly Eileen Bjornstrom)

Bjornstrom, Eileen E.S. 2015. “Race-ethnicity, nativity, neighbourhood context and reports of unfair treatment by police.” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38(12), 2019-2036.

Bjornstrom, Eileen E.S. and Danielle C. Kuhl. 2014. "A Different Look at the Epidemiological Paradox: Self-Rated Health, Perceived Social Cohesion and Neighborhood Immigrant Context." Social Science & Medicine 120:118-125.

Bjornstrom, Eileen E.S. and Margaret L. Ralston. 2014. “Neighborhood Built Environment, Perceived Danger, and Perceived Social Cohesion.” Environment and Behavior 46(6):718-44.

Bjornstrom, Eileen E.S., Margaret L. Ralston and Danielle C. Kuhl. 2013. “Social Cohesion and Self-Rated Health: The Moderating Effect of Neighborhood Physical Disorder.” American Journal of Community Psychology 52(3-4):302-12.

Bjornstrom, Eileen E.S. 2013. “Why and How Neighborhoods Matter for Health” Pp 243-52 in Epidemiological Criminology: Theory to Practice, edited by E. Waltermaurer and T.A. Akers. New York: Routledge. 

Browning, Christopher, Eileen E.S. Bjornstrom and Kathleen A. Cagney. 2011. “Health and Mortality Consequences of the Physical Environment” Pp 441-64 in International Handbook of Adult Mortality, Volume 2, International Handbooks of Population, edited by R. Rogers and E. Crimmins. New York: Springer.  

Bjornstrom, Eileen E.S. 2011a. “An Examination of the Relationship between Neighborhood Income Inequality, Social Resources and Obesity in Los Angeles County.” American Journal of Health Promotion 26(2):109-16.

Bjornstrom, Eileen E.S. 2011b. “To Live and Die in L.A. County: Neighborhood Economic and Social Context and Premature Age-Specific Mortality Rates among Latinos.” Health and Place 17(1):230-37.

Bjornstrom, Eileen E.S. 2011c. “The Neighborhood Context of Relative Position, Trust, and Self-Rated Health.” Social Science & Medicine 73(1):42-9.

Frank, Reanne and Eileen E.S. Bjornstrom. 2011. “A Tale of Two Cities: Residential Context and Risky Behavior among Adolescents in Los Angeles and Chicago.” Health and Place 17(1):67-77.

Bjornstrom, Eileen E. S., Robert Kaufman, Ruth Peterson and Michael Slater. 2010. “Race and Ethnic Representations of Lawbreakers and Victims in Crime News: A National Study of Television Coverage.” Social Problems 57(2):269-93.