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Peter Conrad

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State University of New York at Buffalo, 1963-1967, B.A.  (Sociology)
Northeastern University, 1967-1969, M.A.  (Sociology)
Boston University, 1970-1976, Ph.D. (Sociology)


Harry Coplan Professor of Social Sciences, Brandeis University, 1993-
Assistant Professor to Full Professor, Brandeis University, 1979-
Professor of Sociology, Queens University-Belfast  2012-
Visiting Professor, Queens University-Belfast 1997-2012



My major interests in sociology include Medical Sociology, Qualitative Research Methods, Mental Health, Social Problems Theory, Deviance.

My main current research interests include:  Medicalizaition of Society, Experience of Illness, the expansion of ADHD, Biomedical Enhancements, Illness on the Internet.


Honorable Mention, Social Issues 1976 Dissertation Award awarded by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

1981 Charles Horton Cooley Award, awarded by the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, "For outstanding contribution to the study of symbolic interaction": Deviance and Medicalization:  From Badness to Sickness.

Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor, McMaster University (Canada)

President, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 1995-1996

Distinguished Fulbright Professor, Queen’s University of Belfast, 1997

Marquis Who's Who in America, 1997-

Leo G. Reeder Award from the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association for “distinguished contributions to medical sociology,”  2004.

Lee Founder’s Award (2007) “made in recognition of significant achievements that, over a distinguished career, have demonstrated continuing devotion to the ideals of the founders of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and especially to the humanist tradition of Alfred McClung Lee and Elizabeth Briant Lee.”  2007

Finalist for C. Wright Mills Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2008, The Medicalization of Society


Advisory Editor, Qualitative Sociology, 1988-    .
Associate Editor, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 1985-87, 2001-04.  2005-08, 2009-.
Associate Editor, Sociology of Health and Illness, 1995-    .
Associate Editor, Health, 1996-    .
Editorial Board, Social Theory and Health, 2003-


Conrad, Peter and Caitln Slodden. ""The Medicalization of Mental Disorder"." Handbook of the Sociology of Mental Health. Second ed. Ed. C. Aneshensal and J. Phelan. New York: Springer, 2012 (forthcoming)

Conrad, Peter and Miranda Waggoner. ""Medicalization"." Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health and Society. London: Blackwell, 2012 (forthcoming)

Conrad, Peter. ""Medicalization: Changing Contours, Characteristics and Contexts"." Health Sociology on the Move: New Directions in Theory. Ed. William Cockerham. London: Oxford Blackwell, 2012 (forthcoming)

Conrad, Peter and Thomas Mackie. "Opiate Addiction: A Revival of Medical Involvement." Drugs and Cultures. Ed. Maitena Milhat. Ashgate, 2011

Conrad, Peter. ""Medicalization"." Hastings Center Report 41. 2 (2011): 13.

Conrad, Peter. "Forward to Annemarie Jutel (book)." Putting a Name ot it: Diagnosis in Contemporary Society. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011. 1-3.

Chloe Bird, Peter Conrad, Allen Fremont, and Stefan Timmermans. Handbook of Medical Sociology. 6th ed. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2010.

Conrad, Peter and Cheryl Stults. "Internet and the Experience of Illness." Handbook of Medical Sociology. vol. 6th edition Ed. Chloe Bird, Peter Conrad, Allen Fremont, and Stefan Timmermans. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2010. 179-91.

Conrad, Peter and Kristin Barker. "The Social Construction of Illness: Key Insights and Policy Implications." Journal of Health and Social Behavior 51. Extra Issue (2010): S70-S79.

Conrad, Peter, Phyllis Carr, Sharon Knight , Megan Renfrew, Mary Dunn, and Linda Piloli. "Hierarchy as a Barrier to Advancement for Women in Academic Medicine." Journal of Women's Health 19. 4 (2010): 799-805.

Conrad, Peter, Thomas Mackie, and Attev Mehrotra. "Estimating the Costs of Medicalization." Social Science and Medicine 70. (2010): 1943-47.

Conrad, Peter. "Pills and the Pursuit of Happiness and Normalcy." Contexts Spring (2010).

Peter Conrad and Vanessa Lopes Munoz. "The Medicalization of Chronic Pain." Tidsskrift for Forskning i Sygdom og Samfund 13. (2010): 13-24.

Stults Cheryl and Peter Conrad. ""Medicalization and Risk Scares: The Case of Menopause and HRT"." The Risks of Prescription Drugs. Ed. Donald Light. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010. 120-42.

Conrad, Peter, ed. Sociology of Health and Illness: Critical Perspectives (Eighth Edition). New York: Worth Publishing, 2009.

Piloli, Linda, Peter Conrad, Phyllis Carr and Sharon Knight. "A Study of the Relational Aspects of Academic Medicine." Academic Medicine 84. January (2009): 106-114.

Conrad, Peter and Valerie Leiter. "From Lydia Pinkham to Queen Levitra: DTCA and Medicalization." Sociology of Health and Illness 30. (2008): 825-38.

Conrad, Peter and Cheryl Stults. "Contestation and Medicalization." Contesting Illness.. Ed. Pamela Moss and Kathy

Teghtsoonian (eds.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008
Shostak Sara, Peter Conrad and Allan Horwitz. "Sequencing and its Consequences: Path Dependence and the Relationship between Genetics and Medicalization." American Journal of Sociology 114. S1 (2008): S287-316.

Conrad, Peter. "Eliot Freidson's Revolution in Medical Sociology.." Health 11. (2007): 141-44.

Conrad, Peter. The Medicalization of Society: On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.

Szymczak, Julia and Peter Conrad ,. "Medicalizing the Aging Male Body: Baldness and Andropause." Medicalized Masculinities,. Ed. Dana Rosenfeld and Christopher Faircloth. Philadelphia:: Temple University Press,, 2006

Conrad,Peter. "The Shifting Engines of Medicalization." Journal of Health and Social Behavior (2005): 3-14.

Conrad,Peter. Sociology of Health and Illness: Critical Perspectives (7th edition). Worth Publishers, 2005.

Conrad,Peter. "Human Growth Hormone and the Temptations of Biomedical Enhancement." Sociology of Health and Illness. Ed. Deborah Potter. Blackwell, 2004. 184-215.

Conrad,Peter, Valerie Leiter (eds.). Health and Health Care as Social Problems. Rowman and Littlefield, 2003.

Conrad,Peter, co-ed.. The Double-Edged Helix: Social Implications of Genetics in a Diverse Society. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.

Conrad,Peter, co-ed. with Chloe Bird and Allen Fremont. Handbook of Medical Sociology (5th edition). Prentice Hall, 2000.

Conrad,Peter. Sociological Perspectives on the New Genetics (co-ed. Jonathan Gabe). Oxford: Blackwell, 1999.

Conrad,Peter, co-ed. Eugene Gallagher. Health and Health Care in Developing Countries: Sociological Perspectives. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1993.

Conrad,Peter, w/ Joseph W. Schneider. Deviance and Medicalization: From Badness to Sickness. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1992.

Conrad,Peter, with Julius Roth. The Experience and Management of Chronic Illness. JAI Press, 1988.

Conrad,Peter, with Joseph W. Schneider. Having Epilepsy: The Experience and Control of Illness. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1983.

Conrad,Peter. Identifying Hyperactive Children: The Medicalization of Deviant Behavior (expanded edition, forthcoming from Ashgate Publishers, 2006). Lexington: D.C. Heath, 1976.