Steven A. Haas

Steven A. Haas

Associate Professor of Sociology and Demography

913 Oswald Tower
Office Phone: (814) 867-2830

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004
  2. M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002
  3. M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000
  4. B.S. Michigan State University, 1998



Research and Teaching Interest:

Steven Haas’ research addresses questions that lie at the intersection of social stratification, and the demography of health and aging. In particular his research investigates health as both a cause and a consequence of the social stratification process with particular interests in the processes that produce health disparities over the life course. Prior research projects have explored the relative contribution of early life versus adult factors in determining of trajectories of aging and disability, and the mechanisms linking adolescent health to educational outcomes and labor market success. A current project funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development uses dynamic social network models and simulations to examine peer selection and social influence processes related to adolescent mental health and health behaviors.


Professional Awards and Achievements:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Health and Social Behavior


Selected Publications:

  • Warren, John R., Laurie Knies, Steven A. Haas, and Elaine Hernandez. Forthcoming. “The Role of Childhood Sickness in Stratifying Adult Socioeconomic Outcomes: Evidence from Late 19th Century America.” Social Science & Medicine
  • Schaefer, David R., Steven A. Haas, and Nicholas Bishop. 2012. “Testing a Dynamic Model of Smoking and Friendship Networks of U.S. Adolescents.” American Journal of Public Health 102(6): e12-e18.
  • Haas, Steven A., Patrick M. Krueger, and Leah Rohlfsen. 2012. “Race/Ethnic and Nativity Disparities in Later Life Physical Performance: The Role of Health and Socioeconomic Status over the Life Course.” Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 67(2):238-48.
  • Kopak, Albert M., Angela Chia-Chen Chen, Steven A. Haas, and Mary Rogers Gillmore. 2012. “The Importance of Family Factors to Protect Against Substance Use-Related Problems among Mexican Heritage and White Youth.”  Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
  • Haas, Steven A., M. Maria Glymour, & Lisa F. Berkman. 2011. “Childhood Health and Labor Market Inequality over the Life Course.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 52(3):298–313.
  • Gillmore, Mary Rogers, Angela Chia-Chen Chen, Steven A. Haas, Albert M. Kopak, Alyssa G. Robillard. 2011. “Do Family and Parenting Factors in Adolescence Influence Condom Use in Early Adulthood in a Multiethnic Sample of Young Adults?”  Journal of Youth and Adolescence 40(11):1503-1518.
  • Chen, Angela Chia-Chen, Steven A. Haas, Albert Kopak, and Mary Gillmore. 2011. “Depression Symptom Trajectories from Adolescence to Young Adulthood: Chinese Americans vs. Non-Hispanic Whites.” Research in Nursing & Health 34(3):176-191.
  • Birnie K, Cooper R, Martin RM, Kuh D, Aihie Sayer A, Alvarado BE, Bayer A, Christensen K, Cho S, Cooper C, Corley J, Craig L, Deary IJ, Demakakos P, Ebrahim S, Gallacher J, Gow AJ, Gunnell D, Haas S, Hemmingsson T, Inskip H, Jang S, Noronha K, Osler M, Palloni A, Rasmussen F, Santos-Eggimann B, Spagnoli J, Starr J, Steptoe A, Syddall H, Tynelius P, Weir D, Whalley LJ, Zunzunegui MV, Ben-Shlomo Y, Hardy R on behalf of the HALCyon study team. 2011. “Childhood Socioeconomic Position and Objectively Measured Physical Capability Levels in Adulthood: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” PLoS ONE 6(1):e15564.
  • Haas, Steven A., David R. Schaefer, & Olga Kornienko 2010. “Health and the Structure of Adolescent Social Networks.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 51(4):424-439.
  • Haas, Steven A. and Nicholas Bishop 2010. “What Do Retrospective Subjective Reports of Childhood Health Capture? Evidence from the WLS.” Research on Aging 32(6):698-714.
  • Glass, Christy, Steven A. Haas, & Eric N. Reither. 2010. “The Skinny on Success: Gender, Obesity and Labor Market Attainment over the Life Course.” Social Forces 88(4):1777-1806.
  • Haas, Steven A., & Leah Rohlfsen 2010. “Life Course Determinants of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Functional Health Trajectories.” Social Science & Medicine 70(2): 240-250.
  • Chen, Angela Chia-Chen, Bonnie Gance-Cleveland, Albert Kopak, Steven A. Haas, & Mary Rogers Gillmore. 2010. “Engaging Families to Prevent Substance Use among Latino Youth.” Journal of Specialists in Pediatric Nursing 15(4):324-328.
  • Yabiku, Scott T., Jennifer E. Glick, Steven A. Haas, Elizabeth Wentz, and Li Zhu. 2009. “Migration, Health and Environment in the Desert Southwest.” Population and Environment 30(4):131-159.
  • Fosse, Nathan, & Steven A. Haas. 2009. “The Validity and Stability of Self-Reported Health among Adolescents in a Longitudinal, Nationally-Representative Survey” Pediatrics 123(3):e496-e501.
  • Glymour, M. Maria, Mauricio Avendaño, Steven A. Haas, & Lisa F. Berkman. 2008. “Life Course Social Conditions and Racial Disparities in Incidence of First Stroke” Annals of Epidemiology 18(12):904-912.
  • Timmermans, Stefan, & Steven A. Haas. 2008. “Towards a Sociology of Disease.” Sociology of Health and Illness 30(5):659-676.
  • Haas, Steven A., & Nathan Fosse. 2008. “Health and the Educational Attainment of Adolescents: Evidence from the NLSY97.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 49(2):178-192.
  • Haas, Steven A. 2008. “Trajectories of Functional Health: The ‘Long Arm’ of Childhood Health and Socioeconomic Factors.” Social Science & Medicine 66(4):849-861.
  • Haas, Steven A. 2007. “The Long-Term Effects of Poor Childhood Health: An Assessment and Application of Retrospective Reports.” Demography 44(1):113-135.
  • Haas, Steven A. 2006. “Health Selection and the Process of Social Stratification: The Effect of Childhood Health on Socioeconomic Attainment.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 47(4):339-354.
  • Swallen, Karen C., Eric Reither, Steven A. Haas, & Ann Meier.  2005.  “Obesity, Social Background, and Quality of Life among Adolescents.” Pediatrics 115(2):340-347.
  • Haas, Steven A., Lisette R. Jehn, & Patrick D. Meek.  2002. “Regional Variation in Stroke Mortality in Wisconsin, 1989-1998.” Wisconsin Medical Journal 101(3):28-31.

Research Interests:

social stratification, demography of health and aging

Research Interests:


social stratification, demography of health and aging

Social Inequality:

labor market success, work & health, race/ethnicity

Health and Life Course:

health & aging, health disparities, adolescent mental health