Faculty Profile  Faculty ProfileLast Modified Time: 04:15:41 AM Tue, 8 Sep 2015 
 Erma Jean Lawson
 Contact Information
Erma Jean Lawson
Associate Professor-Sociology
Contact address   1155 Union Circle # 311157, Denton, TX 76203-1157     
Email  elawson@scs.unt.edu    Contact Number (940) 369-7473    Fax No: (940) 565-4663   
Graduate Faculty Membership Status: Full Membership-Permanent   
toggle toggle  Professional Preparation
 Degree Major/Thesis/Dissertation Institution Year
Ph.D. Smoking and Smoking Cessation among Pregnant Adolescents University of Kentucky, Sociology and Behavioral Science 1993
Master of Arts Sociology; Thesis: Social roles performed by Black elderly women Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia 1988
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Registered Nurse Nursing Howard University, Washington, D.C. 1986
toggle toggle Courses Taught By Semester --- Organized Classes will be uploaded from THECB Data file
SemesterSubjectCourse NumberSectionCourse NameCalculated Semester Credit HoursSyllabus 
Fall 2015WMST2420001Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity Download Syllabus
Fall 2015SOCI3240001Qualitative Data Collection Download Syllabus
Fall 2015SOCI3120001Sociology of Health and Illness Download Syllabus
Fall 2015SOCI2010001Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity Download Syllabus
Spring 2015SOCI3120002Sociology of Health and Illness Download Syllabus
Spring 2015SOCI3120001Sociology of Health and Illness Download Syllabus
Fall 2014SOCI3240001Qualitative Data Collection Download Syllabus
Fall 2014SOCI3120002Sociology of Health and Illness Download Syllabus
Fall 2014SOCI3120001Sociology of Health and Illness Download Syllabus
Spring 2014SOCI3240001Qualitative Data Collection Download Syllabus
Spring 2014SOCI3120001Sociology of Health and Illness Download Syllabus
Fall 2013SOCI3240001Qualitative Data Collection Download Syllabus
Fall 2013SOCI3120001Sociology of Health and Illness Download Syllabus
Spring 2013SOCI3120001Sociology of Health and Illness  
Fall 2012SOCI3240001Qualitative Data Collection  
Fall 2012SOCI3120001Sociology of Health and Illness  
Spring 2012SOCI3120002Sociology of Health and Illness  
Spring 2012SOCI3120001Sociology of Health and Illness  
Spring 2011SOCI5260004Topics in Sociology6Download Syllabus
Spring 2011SOCI3120002Sociology of Health and Illness Download Syllabus
Spring 2011SOCI3120001Sociology of Health and Illness Download Syllabus
Spring 2010SOCI6500004Seminar on Social Organization and Disorganization30 
Spring 2010SOCI3120002Sociology of Health and Illness156 
Spring 2010SOCI3120001Sociology of Health and Illness132 
Spring 2010SOCI1520003Contemporary Social Problems99 
Fall 2010SOCI3120002Sociology of Health and Illness Download Syllabus
Fall 2010SOCI3120001Sociology of Health and Illness  
Fall 2009SOCI3120002Sociology of Health and Illness168 
Fall 2009SOCI3120001Sociology of Health and Illness279Download Syllabus
toggle toggle  Research and Expertise
Medical Sociology; Black Divorce; Heart Transplantation and Health disparities; Qualitative Research
toggle toggle Appointments
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)RankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2001-PresentAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Sociology University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
2011-2012Visiting ScholarUniversity of Texas Medical CenterDepartment of Medical HumanitiesUniversity of Texas Medical Center, Galveston
2006Congressional Fellowship-ASA  Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson U.S. House of Representative, Washington, D.C.
2000-2001Postdoctoral FellowshipHarvard University School of Public HealthDivision of Public Health Practice Harvard University, Boston, MA
1993-1996Assistant Research ProfessorDepartment of Behavioral Science University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
1990-1992Lyman T. Johnson FellowDepartment of Behavioral Sciences University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
1990-1992Adjunct Instructor  Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky
1990-1991Visiting scholar  University of California-San Francisco and Berkeley
1989-1990Project Director  NCI Grant, University of Kentucky. An exploratory survey of Appalachian Tobacco Use Patterns. P.I. Doris Wilkinson.
1988-1990Research Associate  NCI Grant, University of Kentucky. The primary prevention (smoking) of cancer in a Black population.
1985-1989Research Assistant  National Institute of Aging, Principal Investigators: Eva and Boaz Kahana. Personal and Job Related Predictors of Facilities for the Elderly.
1986-1987Research Associate  Kentucky Historical Association Grant, University of Kentucky. Forgotten pioneers in a southern community: Afro-American physicians in Lexington from 1890-1950. P.I. Doris Wilkinson.
toggle toggle Faculty Workload
Duration (YYYY - YYYY)Percentage TeachingPercentage ResearchPercentage Service
toggle toggle Publications
  Type  Publications per page   
  YearPublication  Type
Pregnancy after organ transplantation. Best Practices
Oprha Leyser-Whalen
Journal of Clinical OBGYN
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
Beside the Troubled Waters: A Black Doctor Remembers Life, Medicine, and Civil Rights in an Alabama Town. Sonnie Wellington Hereford III and Jack Ellis. Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The University of Alabama Press. 2011, 177 pages 
Book reviews
Resiliency among older Katrina Survivors: Implications for health Care
Sociological Spectrum
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
From Boys to Men: Shifting Family Gender Ideologies among Black and White Adult Men.
Myron Strong
Journal of Contemporary Families
Refereed(Peer reviewed) Journals
toggle toggle Presentations and Projects
  Presentations/Projects per page   
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
2008 2008 African American Women and Heart Disease
Invited Panel of Health Experts
2007 2007 Older Katrina Survivors Coping Skills
Invited Panelist, HHS OWS OMS: Women of color Health Summit, Washington, D.C. Aug 24
2006 2006 Wading In The Waters: Older Katrina survivors with Thomas, C., Dodson, R., Dollarhide, J.K.
Sponsored by the The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, New Orleans, October 19-21
toggle toggle External Funding
 Performance PeriodTitleSponsorFundingRoleStatus
2006Wading in the Waters: Narratives of Older Katrina Survivors by Lawson, E.UNT Small Grant Award$700OtherCompleted
2001Teaching with Technology. Adopt Introduction to health and illness into a Web-CT format by Jaeckel, M. and Lawson, E. $5,400OtherCompleted
1999CO PI with Mary Shaw. Extending Boundaries: Increasing early detection breast cancer behaviors among underserved womenNational Koman Foundation$148,723Co-PICompleted
1998Grant Consultant/Writer: The effects of massage therapy on conflict resolution and community involvement. P.I. Helda Pinzon-PerezCommunity Outreach Partnership Center, UNT$2,000OtherCompleted
1998Grant Writer/Consultant: Improving the Health Status of Black Women: Understanding Cultural Belief SystemsSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), funded through IBWC$50,000OtherCompleted
1997Associate Director, Establishing HUD Partnerships. Principal Investigator, Stan Ingam $300,000OtherCompleted
1996The evaluation of a motivational smoking intervention in a Texas Prenatal ClinicMarch of Dimes$79,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1995The evaluation of a motivational smoking intervention in Kentucky Appalachian and urban prenatal clinicsThe Kentucky Tobacco and Health Institute Funded with budget modifications$100,000Principal InvestigatorCompleted
1992Grant writer and Project Consultant, Black women's health: Establishing a research agenda for health care policy and research: Conference on African American Women HealthAgency for Health Care Policy and Research, 10% time, funded$50,000OtherCompleted
1992Cardiovascular reactivity in pregnant women90% time, funded$49,999Principal InvestigatorActive
1992Project Consultant, A community intervention of cancer prevention in a low-income population. Principal Investigator, Renee Scott10% time, funded$50,000OtherCompleted
toggle toggle Teaching
Behavioral factors in health and disease, Department of Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky. Graduate teaching assistant, Fall, 1986
Graduate course

Introduction to Health and Illness, University of North Texas, Fall 1996 & Spring 1997, Fall 1997
Graduate course

Introduction to Health and Illness, University of North Texas, Fall 1996 & Spring 1997, Fall, 1997, Fall, 2001, 2003 Dallas System Center
Undergraduate course

Marriage and Family, Spring 2001-UNT-Denton, 2006-Fall & Spring 2007, Fall & Spring, 2009
Undergraduate course

Marriage and Family, Spring 2004 Dallas System Center
Undergraduate course

Maternal/Child Health, Pediatric Nursing, Community Nursing, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. 1977/1979
Undergraduate course

Qualitative Health Research, Fall 1998-Department of Public Health, Fort Worth, Texas
Graduate course

Qualitative Research Methods, Spring 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009
Graduate course

Social and Cultural foundations of Sociology, Spring 1999, Fall, 2002, 2003
Graduate course

Social Epidemiology Spring 1999, University of North Texas, Health Science Center
Graduate course

Social Problems, University of North Texas, Spring 1997
Undergraduate course

Women's Health, University of North Texas, Fall 1997
Graduate course

toggle toggle Committees
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)CommitteePositionClassification
2005-2007University Appeals Committee University Committees
1999School of Community Service, Ad hoc Committee, Student Appeals University Committees
1998-1999Sister Speak-Student Organization for WomenFaculty AdvisorUniversity Committees
1997-1999University Committee, Equity and Diversity- UNT Tapestry University Committees
1997-1998College Committee, Minority Retention and Recruitment University Committees
1996-1998Ad hoc departmental Committee to recruit new faculty University Committees
1996-1998University Committee on Diversity University Committees
1996-1997Committee, Women's health conference at University of North Texas University Committees
1996Departmental Committee, Optimize Enrollment University Committees
1996College Committee, Sustainable Communities University Committees
toggle toggle Honors and Recognitions
YearTitleHonoring Organization
2006Congressional FellowshipAmerican Sociology Association
2000-2001Postdoctoral FellowshipThe Division of Public Health Practice, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, M.A.
1999Selected to participate in the International symposium on Latin AmericaFacultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Havana, Cuba, June 1 to June 14
1999Awarded Eminent scientist of the yearInternational Research Promotion Council (Asia-Pacific Chapter)
1996Fogerty FellowshipZimbabwe, Africa. Visiting Research Professor, Department of Community Medicine, University of Zimbabwe, HarareZimbabwe
1995Best visual presentation of posterThe University of Kentucky, Hall of Fame
1994Omni AwardInternational Women's Congress Service and Research Award. Washington, D.C.
1990Visiting scholarUniversity of California-San Francisco and March, 1991 Berkeley
1990Lyman T. Johnson FellowshipDepartment of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Kentucky
1989-1991Dissertation FellowshipUniversity of Kentucky
1988Dissertation FellowshipThe American Sociological Association
1988The Minority Graduate FellowshipUniversity of Kentucky
1985The Alcohol Studies FellowshipState of Kentucky
1983FellowshipSummer Institute of Research for Women of Color, Memphis State University
1983National Institute of Mental Health TraineeshipThe Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University
1981Phylon FellowshipAtlanta University
1978Summer Traineeship in psychiatric nursingUniversity of Maryland
toggle toggle Field Experience
Duration (YYYY - YYYY or Present)Company/OrganizationPosition
1984-1986Eastern State Hospital, Lexington, KYNight shift Hospital Director
1984-1985Eastern State Hospital, Lexington, KYCharge Nurse
1983-1984Psychiatric/Drug Abuse Unit, Detroit Memorial Hospital, Detroit, MINight Supervisor
1978-1982Department of Maternal/Child Nursing, Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, GAStaff Nurse
toggle toggle Professional Community Engagement
YearOrganizationRoleType of Service
1995-1996Violence against women of color--to establish a national conference, InternationalChairConsulting and Related Activities
1994-1995University of Kentucky, Lexington, KYSpecial Grant ReviewerConsulting and Related Activities
1994-1995Committee for Status of Women--Southern Sociological AssociationAppointedConsulting and Related Activities
1993-1996Governor's Task Force on Women/Minority HealthConsultantConsulting and Related Activities
1993Black Mountain Development Youth Project, Berea, KentuckyHealth ConsultantConsulting and Related Activities
1993The Teen Center, Public Health Department, LexingtonGrant ConsultantConsulting and Related Activities
1991CDC, Division of AID and Womens' Health, Atlanta, GAHealth ConsultantConsulting and Related Activities
1987Public Health Department, Lexington, KYSmoking Intervention consultantConsulting and Related Activities
1980Governor's Advisory Board, to establish out-patient Psychiatric Center, Decatur, GAMemberConsulting and Related Activities
 Department of Health and Human ServicesAppointed On Panel Of Experts to advise off ice of Women’s HealthProfessional Organizations
 Office of Women’s Health, Dallas TexasConsultantProfessional Organizations
 American Association of Public Health Professional Organizations
 The American Sociological Association Professional Organizations
 The International Sociological Association Professional Organizations
 Sociologists for Women in Society Professional Organizations
 The Southern Sociological AssociationAppointed to the committee for status of womenProfessional Organizations
 Association of Social and Behavioral ScientistsBoard MemberProfessional Organizations
 The International Black Women's CongressBoard MemberProfessional Organizations
 Congresswomen, Eddie Bernice Johnson -health policyConsultantConsulting and Related Activities
 ACORN-Dallas TexasConsultantConsulting and Related Activities
 Mass. Commission of Health, Task Force-Adolescent SmokingConsultantConsulting and Related Activities
 Journal of Marriage and FamilyReviewerConsulting and Related Activities
 Sociological SpectrumReviewerConsulting and Related Activities
 Ethnicity and Health, Preventive MedicineReviewerConsulting and Related Activities
 Journal of the Association of Social and Behavioral SciencesReviewerConsulting and Related Activities
 Western Journal of Black StudiesReviewerConsulting and Related Activities
 Readings in African American Studies--Collegiate PressEditorial Advisory BoardConsulting and Related Activities
 International Black Women's CongressBoard MemberConsulting and Related Activities
toggle toggle Additional Information
Popular Press Articles on Research
Jan., 4, 1998

"Pregnant Women Studied." Denton Record Chronicle, by Christian Bohmfalk, 16 A.

Jan., 6, 1998

"What One Cigarette Does to a Fetus." Dallas Morning News, by Carolyn Poirot.

July 15, 1998

"A Woman Comes to Men's Defense." Morris County Daily Record, by Debra Scacciaferro, C,1-3

July, 1999

"Divorced Men" Our Texas Magazine, by Gemeral E. Berry, Jr. 32.

Post-Doctoral Courses

Public Health in the 21st Century. Harvard School of Public Health,Boston, MA.


Health Policy Research, Department of Public Health, University of California- Berkeley.


Qualitative Methods in Health Care Institutions, Department of Public Health, University of California-Berkeley. Studied with the late Dr. Anslem Strauss.


Writing for Publishing, Institute for Health Policy Research, College of Medicine, University of California-San Francisco.


Research Issues in Health Policy Research, Institute for Health Policy Research, College of Medicine, University of California-San Francisco.

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