Heather Sue (she/her) is a Doctoral Candidate in sociology. Her research lies at the intersection of medical sociology, the sociology of disability, and the sociology of deviance and social control. Her current work employs multi-level modeling and social network analysis within a disability justice framework, investigating the social construction of ideological views about the risks posed by COVID-19 and the associated risk-mitigating health behaviors such as masking, vaccination, social distancing, and quarantine. Her prior work has explored perceptions of disabled and chronically ill patients who use opioids, and separately, the connection importance of age at arthritis diagnosis for patients with co-morbid arthritis and Major Depressive Episode (MDE).
Heather Sue is also involved in collaborative research projects. In one study, she and her co-authors investigated the link between relative social status and suicidal intent among college students. Another ongoing collaborative study investigates the use of incendiary hashtags as social control in conflicts occurring on Twitter between health care professionals and members of the disabled community.
Heather Sue teaches courses in Medical Sociology, Sociology of Drug and Alcohol Use, Sociological Theory, Social Problems, and Deviance and Social Control. She has previously worked as a teaching assistant for the Franklin College Writing Intensive Program at the University of Georgia.