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Denise Copleton

Dr. Denise A. Copelton

Associate Professor
(585) 395-5668
dcopelto@brockport.edu
Office:  203B Hartwell Hall

Areas of Specialization

  • Sociology of Health & Illness
  • Sociology of Food & Nutrition
  • Sociology of Families

Courses Taught

Undergraduate

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Health, Medicine & Society
  • Sociology of Food
  • Deviant Behavior
  • Sociology of Families
  • Research Methods

Graduate: (for MA in Liberal Studies)

  • Families & Society
  • Social Science Perspectives on Health & Medicine

Research Interests

My current research centers on the social experience of illness. I am interested in the social experience of living with celiac disease, an auto-immune disorder triggered by ingesting gluten, a protein in wheat, barley and rye. The only remedy is lifelong adherence to a gluten-free diet. I examine the challenges persons with celiac face as they attempt to obtain a diagnosis and, once diagnosed, how they negotiate the diet within the context of families, friends, and a social landscape of food not conducive to gluten-free eating.

Grants & Awards

  • The College at Brockport Scholarly Incentive Grant, Fall 2015.
  • The College at Brockport Office for Students with Disabilities, Outstanding Faculty Award, Grand Prize Winner, 2009-2010.
  • United University Professions Individual Development Grant for “Feeding the Celiac Family,” Fall 2009.
  • The College at Brockport Scholarly Incentive Grant for “Feeding the Celiac Family,” Fall 2009.
  • The College at Brockport Outstanding Academic Advising Award, 2008-2009.
  • New York State United University Professions, Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Affirmative Action/Diversity Leave Grant for “The Social Experience of Celiac Disease,” Spring 2009.
  • Mentor of the Year. The College at Brockport, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, 2007-2008.
  • United University Professions Individual Development Grant for “The Social Experience of Celiac Disease,” Fall 2008.
  • The College at Brockport Scholarly Incentive Grant for “The Social Experience of Celiac Disease,” Fall 2008.

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Last Updated 8/19/19

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