My research revolves around a core theme of social relationships in a social context - specifically, understanding how stress impacts social relationships and health. I am interested in how these processes are altered by various social contexts, such as socioeconomic status and gender. My research over the years has covered topics including perceived stigma, discrimination, gender attitudes and social support. My current research is focused on 1) psychosocial models of SES disparities in low birth weight and headaches and 2) understanding the transition to parenthood for fathers and mothers. To address these questions, I utilize field research and secondary data.