Dr. Laura Simon
Assistant Professor of Sociology
- B.S. Sociology, Wayne State College
- M.A. Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Ph.D. Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
I am assistant professor of Sociology at Mercer University. I earned my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2016. My dissertation work examined the associations between life course sexual partnerships and mental and physical health outcomes. In this work, I studied the complexities of both adolescent and emerging adulthood sexual patterns and the implications for young adult health. My current research remains centered on the examination of health across the life course and associated risk trajectories. I believe it is important to take a life course approach in the study of the health in order to inform policy and community-based programming that can improve health and well-being for individuals from a variety of backgrounds.
I am passionate about engaging with students through research. I have previously mentored undergraduate students in the development of a research projects later presented at regional Sociology conferences. I believe mentorship to be one of the most important components of undergraduate education, and I am passionate about encouraging and assisting students in pursuing their own research and service endeavors.