About

I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am currently a Donald Hill Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University.

My research investigates how 1) individuals live with illnesses, and 2) how the life sciences are shaping how we understand health (see my papers in Social Problems, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and Social Science & Medicine for examples). I am currently developing a book manuscript that examines how emerging brain science is altering the definition, diagnosis, and treatment of mental disorders.

At Dal, I have started a project examining how brain science is used to explain social issues, focusing on both crime and poverty. In addition to this project, I am also collaborating with Dr. Amy Bombay (Psychiatry, Nursing) to examine Indigenous health (supported by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Project Grant). 

My research employs multiple methods, including in-depth interviews (see article in Journal of Health and Social Behavior) ethnographic observations (see article in American Journal of Men's Health), and content analysis (see article in Sociology of Health & Illness). I have also collaborated with quantitative researchers on mixed-methods research (see article in Health Care for Women International).

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 Contact:

Michael.Halpin@Dal