Shannon M. Monnat, of the Center for Aging and Policy Studies (CAPS) at Syracuse University, received the 2020-21 Excellence in Research Award from the Rural Sociological Society (RSS). The award recognize an RSS member who has made outstanding contributions to rural-oriented research and/or theory.
The purpose of the Excellence in Research Award is to recognize a RSS member who has made outstanding contributions to rural-oriented research and/or theory. Note: The contributions of the nominee to substantive area of rural-oriented research and/or theory should be emphasized.
Dr. Monnat is a national leading expert on rural health and health disparities and the social and contextual determinants of opioid misuse and mortality and other “diseases and deaths of despair,” especially among rural people and places. Her ongoing work with PI Montez (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) explores the effects of state preemption policies on county-level health and mortality outcomes at birth and among working-age adults She has substantial experience working with ecological (county-level) data from multiple sources (US Census, USDA, CDC, AHRF, etc.).