Linda E Francis, PhD
 Title: Professor
Graduate Program Director
 Dept: Criminology and Sociology
 Office: UR 026C
 Phone: 216-687-4510
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. UR 026C, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Sociology of Emotions, Social Psychology, Mental Health, Medical Sociology, formal and informal caregiving, stress, grief, affect and cognition, patient-provider interaction,
Ph.D., Sociology, Indiana University, 1995
M.A., Sociology, Indiana University, 1990
B.A., Sociology, Colorado College, 1985
Brief Bio:
I received my PhD in Sociology from Indiana University at Bloomington, where I conducted my dissertation research on interpersonal emotion management in support groups for divorce and bereavement. I subsequently spent two years as a post doctoral fellow in Mental Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I spent over ten in the School of Social Welfare in the Stony Brook University Health Sciences Center, before moving to Cleveland and taking a position with the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. I spent three years there doing psychosocial cancer research out of the MetroHealth Medical Center, where I still retain Bioscientific Staff status. I have been in my current position here at Cleveland State University since 2011.

My primary research areas are the sociology of emotions, social psychology and the sociology of health and mental health. My particular interests focus on patient-provider interaction, stress and coping, health inequities, caregiving, and emotions in health care. In recent years I have explored these topics in two main projects. The first investigates end-of-life cancer caregiving and bereavement, especially among socioeconomically-disadvantaged caregivers, considering burden, well-being, and grief. The second focuses on applying sociological insights into human behavior to develop an artificially intelligent application to support interaction between caregivers and people with dementia.
Honors and Awards:
2015, 16 & 17 CSU Golden Apple Awards
2013-14, 16, 18 CSU Faculty Merit Recognition Awards
2017 Administrative Merit Recognition
1998-2000 New York State/United University Professions Development Awards
1991-93 George and Elizabeth Lange Memorial Scholarship
1985-90 Indiana University Tuition Scholarship

2022-2023       CSU Faculty Mentoring Fellow
2008-2011 Post-Doctoral Fellow, National Cancer Institute Prevention Research &
Education Program, Case Western Reserve University College of Medicine
2009 National Cancer Institute Summer Scholar in Cancer Prevention & Control
1994-1996 Post-Doctoral,Fellow NIMH Mental Health Services and Systems Training
                Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1986-87 Graduate Fellowship, West European Studies Foreign Language & Area
                Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington
Research Interests:
My research has often appeared eclectic, as I have not focused consistently on a single population or group. I have studied support groups for divorce and bereavement, severe mental illness in the community mental health system, health care providers, pregnant women in poverty, people with cancer, cancer caregivers, and most recently, people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The common underlying theme of all these studies has been the focus on provider-client interaction, or patient/caregiver experience of illness. My interests center on processes of cognitive defining of medical situations and emotional or affective responses. From 2012-2014, I had funding from the National Cancer Institute to study the social stress context of bereavement and distress among bereaved cancer caregivers. This study explored the idea that stress proliferation, not just bereavement, would predict levels of psychological distress among grieving caregivers. In 2018, I received a grant from the Alzheimer's Association to develop a proposed virtual training program for nursing staff in residential care facilities for people with dementia. Based on our prior finding that self-sentiments persist even as self-identification fades, my collaborators and I plan to train STNAs to interact with residents on the basis of affective, rather than cognitive memory.
Teaching Areas:
My teaching interests correspond with this background. The courses I teach at the undergraduate level include Sociology of Mental Health, Medical Sociology, Mental Health Policy and Services, and Social Interaction. At the graduate level I teach Sociology of Health and Health Care and Research Methods.
Professional Affiliations:
American Sociological Association
International Society for Research on Emotion
Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction
Professional Service:
¿ Editorial Board, Social Psychology Quarterly, 1/2021-24
¿ External tenure dossier reviewer (two candidates 2021)
¿ Junior Faculty Mentor, ASA Social Psychology Section, 8/2018+
¿ Committee Chair, Lifetime Achievement Award, ASA Emotions Section, 2017-18
¿ Member, Nominations Committee, ASA Social Psychology Section, 2017-2018
¿ Past-Chair, ASA Emotions Section, 8/2015-8/2016
¿ Chair, ASA Emotions Section, 8/2014-8/2015
¿ Chair-Elect, ASA Emotions Section, 8/2013-8/2014
¿ Member, ASA Emotions Section Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, 2013-14
¿ Editorial Board, Qualitative Sociology, 2010-2019.
¿ Committee Chair, Professional and External Affairs, ASA Social Psychology Section, 2011-12.
¿ Committee Co-Chair, Professional and External Affairs, ASA Social Psychology Section, 2010-11.
¿ Member, Ad Hoc Committee, ASA Social Psychology Section, 2009-2010.
¿ Member, Nominations Committee, ASA Social Psychology Section, 2008-2009.
¿ Treasurer, ASA Emotions Section, 2006-2007.
¿ Editorial Board, Sociological Perspectives, 2003-2007.
¿ Council Member, ASA Emotions Section, August 2003- August 2005.
¿ Chair, Program Committee, ASA Emotions Section, 2002.
¿ Member, Graduate Student Paper Award Committees, ASA Social Psychology Section, 2002 and ASA Emotions Section, 1998-2000.
¿ Reviewer for Journals: Social Psychology Quarterly, Emotion Review, American Sociological Review, Sociological Quarterly, American Journal of Sociology, Symbolic Interaction, Social Problems, Sociological Perspectives, Social Science Quarterly, Social Forces, Psycho-Oncology, Quality of Life Research, Qualitative Sociology, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Emotion Review, and Omega.
¿ Monograph reviewer for publishers: Palgrave-MacMillan, Rutgers University Press.
¿ Reviewer of grant proposals, National Science Foundation, Alzheimer¿s Association.
Research Grants:
Research Funding: External

Robillard, Julie, Linda Francis, Tony Prescott. ¿SOcial Co-creation of Robotic Aging TEchnologieS (SOCRATES).¿ New Frontiers in Research Fund. Awarded $247,360 for 2019-21.
Francis, Linda, Kathryn Lively, Julie Robillard, and Jesse Hoey. ¿A Virtual Interaction Training Guide as a Quality-of-Life Intervention.¿ Alzheimer¿s Association. Awarded $149,913 for 2018-21.

Francis, Linda E. ¿The Context of Caregiving and Bereavement among Caregivers of Late-Stage Cancer Patients: Twenty-four-month mixed method follow-up of a prospective study of late-stage cancer and caregiving.¿ National Cancer Institute, 5R03CA159906-02: Awarded: $141,537 for 2012-2014.

Schoenfeld, Elinor, Jedan Phillips, Linda Francis, Margaret Davis, Aldustus Jordan. 2006-2008, ¿Word on the Street: Creating a Multigenerational Prostate Cancer Dialogue in the African American Community.¿ National Cancer Institute, Awarded $319,253 for 2006-2008.

Francis, Linda, and Paul Colson. 1998. ¿Assessing Consumer Involvement in the Provision of Services to People with Severe Mental Illness.¿ American Sociological Association¿s Sydney S. Spivack Program in Applied Social Research & Social Policy Community Action Award. Awarded $2539 for 1998-1999.

Research Funding: Internal

Tedor, Miyuki Fukushima, Megan E. Hatch, Christopher E. Mallett, Mary F. Buckey, Linda E. Francis, Wendy M. Green, Yu-Hsin Liao. ¿Neighborhood to School to Prison Pipeline.¿ Faculty Innovative Research and Engagement (FIRE) Initiative Proposal. Awarded $19,990 for April 2020-March 2021.

Francis, Linda E. ¿Putting the Person in the Program: Using Social Science to Tailor a Virtual Training Program to Individual Users.¿ Cleveland State University Faculty Research Development Internet of Things. Awarded $7,348.10 for 2018-19.

Francis, Linda E. ¿Identity Loss in Elderly Adults with Alzheimer¿s Disease.¿ Cleveland State University Faculty Scholarship Initiative. Awarded $7296.00 for 2016-17.

Schrop, Susan, Linda Francis, Brian Pendleton, Anthony LaScala and Gary McCord. ¿The Other Side of the Story: Understanding Patients¿ Communication with their Physicians.¿ NEOUCOM Summer Research Award & American Association of Family Physicians, Awarded $7500 for 2008-09.

Baughman, Kristin, Linda Francis, Elizabeth Piatt and Heidi Eve-Cahoon. ¿Pilot Study on Disparities in Resilience and Coping with Breast Cancer.¿ NEOUCOM Research Pilot Fund, Awarded $6000 for 2007-2008.

Research Funding: In Progress

Linda Francis, Wendy Regoeczi, Molly Schnoke, Iryna Lendel, Roland Anglin.  ¿Vitality of Place.¿ In progress for the National Institute of Health, March 2022.