Karen Jennison

ProfessorKaren Jennison

Ph.D., Washington State University

Telephone: (970) 351-2169.

E-mail: karen.jennison@unco.edu

Office: Candelaria 2285D

Prof. Jennison’s interests include Aging, Complex Organizations, Alcohol and Drugs, and Applied Research. Her articles and conference papers have been predominantly on topics related to alcohol and also on aging. The articles have been published in a variety of health and Sociology journals. Her current research is on various aspects of alcohol and drug use.

COURSES TAUGHT

  • SOC 100 Principles of Sociology
  • SOC 170 Social Problems
  • SOC 221 Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 231 Introduction to Sociological Practice
  • SOC 302 Variable Topics in Sociology
  • SOC 322 Women and Aging
  • SOC 325 Sociology of Work and Occupations
  • SOC 330 Sociology of Organizations
  • SOC 346 Criminology
  • SOC 361 Methods of Sociological Research I
  • SOC 422 Directed Studies
  • SOC 490 Sociology Internship
  • SOC 530 Organizational Analysis
  • SOC 531 Demographic Analysis
  • SOC 571 Sociology of Aging
  • SOC 622 Directed Studies
  • SOC 680 Social Policy Analysis
  • SOC 691 Research Internship
  • SoSc.699 Thesis

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

  • Organizations (formal and complex)
  • Alcohol & Drugs

RESEARCH AREAS/INTERESTS

  • Alcohol use and abuse

PUBLICATIONS

Juried Articles:

  • Alcohol, Drugs and Society in The Sociology of Alcohol and Drugs: Syllabi and Teaching Materials. American Sociological Association: Washington, D.C. 2005.
  • The Short Term Effects and Unintended Long Term Consequences of Binge Drinking in College: A 10 Year Follow up Study, The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 30:659-684, 2004
  • Parental Alcoholism as a Risk Factor for DSM-IV Alcohol Abuse and Dependence in American Women: The Protective Benefits of Dyadic Cohesion in Marital Communication, American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 27(2): 349-374, 2001.
  • Alcohol Dependence in Adult Children of Alcoholics: Longitudinal Evidence of Early Risk, Journal of Drug Education, 28: 19-37, 1998.
  • Resilience to Drinking Vulnerability in Women with Alcoholic Parents: The Moderating Effects of Dyadic Cohesion in Marital Communication, Substance Use and Misuse, 32: 1461-89, November 1997.
  • Drinking Induced Blackouts among Young Adults: Results from a National Longitudinal Study, The International Journal of the Addictions, 29: 23-50, 1994.
  • Stressful Loss and the Buffering Effect of Social Support on Drinking Behavior Among African-Americans: Results of a National Survey, Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 39(2):1-24,1994. (co- author)
  • The Impact of Stressful Life Events and Social Support on Drinking among Older Adults: A General Population Survey, The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 35:99-123, 1992.
  • The Drinking-Smoking Syndrome and Social Context, The International Journal of the Addictions, 27:749-92, 1992 (Co- author)
  • Women, Role Loss and Drinking: A Test of the Buffering Model in a U.S. National Survey, Social Pharmacology, 3:337-74, 1989. (Co- author)
  • The Violent Older Offender, Federal Probation, September 1986: 60-65

Reprints\Referenced Summaries of Published Articles:

  • The Drinking-Smoking Syndrome and Social Context. Prevention Pipeline (November/December, 1992) 92-0226. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. National Institute of Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse. Washington, D.C.
  • The Drinking-Smoking Syndrome and Social Context. Bibliography on_Smoking and Health: Selected Annotations. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Public Health Service. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Office on Smoking and Health. Atlanta, Georgia, 1992-93, p. 252.
  • The Drinking-Smoking Syndrome and Social Context. Monday Morning Report. Alcohol Research Information Service (ARIS), 1993.

Juried Abstracts:

  • Epidemiology of Alcohol and the Elderly. NIAAA website ww.nih.gov/niaaa,1999
  • Parental Alcoholism as a Risk Factor for DSM-IV Alcohol Abuse and Dependence in American Women: Another Look at the Moderating Effects of Dyadic Cohesion in Marital Communication Using Latent Structural Models. Sociological Abstracts, #99S38215/1999/11926. American Sociological Association, August 1999
  • The Influence of Workplace Stressors on Alcohol and Tobacco Use: A Longitudinal Study of White Collar Workers. American Public Health Association Abstracts, #2009.1. American Public Health Association: Washington D.C., November 1998.
  • The Impact of Familial Alcoholic Density, Environmental Exposure, and Depression on Recurrent Use of Alcohol and Illicit Drugs in the General Population. Sociological Abstracts, #97S32994, p. 60. American Sociological Association, August 1997.
  • Resilience to Drinking Vulnerability in Women with Alcoholic Parents: The Moderating Effects of Dyadic Cohesion in Marital Communication. Sociological Abstracts,#96S32279. American Sociological Association, August 1996.
  • If You're Smoking You've Just Got to have a Drink: Cigarette Smoking by American Women and Interactions with Alcohol Use in a Longitudinal Study. Sociological Abstracts. American Sociological Association. August 1995.
  • Drinking Problems in Adult Children of Alcoholics: Evidence from a National Survey. In T.W. Fahy (editor). NLS-Annotated Bibliography: 1968-1994 Edition. The National Longitudinal Surveys of Labor Market Experience. Center for Human Resource Research, Ohio State University. Columbus, Ohio, 1994.
  • Drinking-Induced Blackouts Among Young Adults: Results from a National Longitudinal Survey. In T.W. Fahy (editor) NLS-Annotated Bibliography: 1968-1994 Edition. The National Longitudinal Surveys of Labor Market Experience. Center for Human Resource Research, Ohio State University. Columbus, Ohio, 1994.
  • Multigenerational Familial Alcoholism and Maturational Control over Drinking in Sons of Alcoholics: A Longitudinal Study. Sociological Abstracts, #94S30135. Society for the Study of Social Problems, August 1994.
  • White Collar Occupational Stress, Heavy Drinking-Smoking in Later Life and the Moderating Effects of Social Support: A Longitudinal Study of Older Men. Sociological Abstracts,#94S30452. American Sociological Association, August 1994.
  • Drinking Problems in Adult Children of Alcoholics: Evidence from a National Survey. Sociological Abstracts,#93S26967. American Sociological Association, August 1993.
  • Grandchildren of Alcoholics: Multigenerational Alcoholism and Problem Drinking in the United States. American Public Health Association Abstracts,#4000. American Public Health Association: Washington, DC, October, 1993.
  • The Incidence of Alcohol Related Blackouts Among Young Adults: A National Longitudinal Study. Sociological Abstracts,#92S26084. American Sociological Association, August 1992.
  • Blackout Drinking Chronicity Among Young Adults: A National Longitudinal Study. American Public Health Association Abstracts, #1036. American Public Health Association: Washington, DC. November, 1992.

Other Publications:

  • The Long-Term Consequences of College Binge Drinking: A Ten-Year Followup Study, Alcohol and Drugs Newsletter. American Sociological Association Vol. 11 (#2) Fall 2001.
  • Epidemiology of Alcohol and the Elderly distributed by National Institute of Alcohol Abuse And Alcoholism, Extramural Scientific Advisory Board on Epidemiology, Bethesda, MD, May 5-6, 1999,31pp.

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

Juried

  • Alcohol and Older Adults: Revisiting the Health-Related Benefits of Moderate Drinking Controversy. International Sociological Association, Gothenburg, Sweden. July 11-17, 2010.
  • Binge Drinking Lifestyles Among Young Women in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the United States: Comparative Perspectives. International Sociological Association Youth Conference. University of Ireland at Maynooth, Maynooth, Ireland, July 2009
  • Cross-national comparisons of episodic heavy binge drinking and smoking convergence in 27 European countries and the United States: Evidence of the co-occurrence of health risk behaviors from two national surveys. International Sociological Association. First ISA Forum of Sociology. Sociological Research and Public Debate. Barcelona, Spain, September 5-8, 2008.
  • School Behavior Problems Among Young Adult Children of Problem Drinking Parents: A National Intercohort Longitudinal Study in the United States. Sociology Conference, Atiner Center, Athens, Greece, May 2007
  • Familial Transmission of High Risk Alcohol Involvement across Three Generations in Two National Follow-up Studies in the United States. Society for the Study of Addiction Annual Meeting, York, United Kingdom, November 2006
  • Active Tobacco Smoking in Early Adolescence and Adverse Health Effects Three Decades Later: Longitudinal Evidence of Risk. (Poster) Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Annual Meeting, Prague, Czech Republic, March 2005
  • Alcohol Consumption, Cigarette Smoking History and the Subsequent Development of Health Related Problems Among Older American Women: Results from a 12 Year National Longitudinal Survey. International Public Health Association. Quadrennial Meeting, Brighton, United Kingdom, April 2004
  • Alcohol Related Predictors of Cognitive Impairment Among Older Americans: Findings From the 1992 and 2000 Health and Retirement Study. Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Section, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 2003
  • Lifecourse Predictors of Heavy Drinking Among the Elderly: Findings from the national Longitudinal Survey of Men. Presented at the annual meetings of The Pacific Sociological Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, April 2002 (co-author).
  • The Long Term Consequences of College Binge Drinking: A Ten Year Follow Up Study. Presented at the annual meetings of The American Sociological Association, Anaheim, California, August 18-21, 2001.
  • Drinking and Smoking Covariance Among Three Cohorts of Older U.S. Women:
    Results from a National Longitudinal Study, 1989-1997. (Poster) Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Section, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, November 2000. (co-author)
  • Drinking and Smoking Covariance Among Successive Cohorts of Middle Adult and Older Women in Two National Samples. (Poster) Research Society on Alcohol Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, June 2000.
  • Epidemiology of Alcohol and the Elderly presented to the Extramural Scientific Advisory Board: Epidemiology National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Bethesda, Maryland, May 5-6, 1999.
  • Parental Alcoholism as a Risk Factor for DSM-IV Alcohol Abuse and Dependence in American Women: Another Look at the Moderating Effects of Dyadic Cohesion in Marital Communication Using Latent Structural Models presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, Chicago, IL, August 1999. (co-author)
  • The Influence of Workplace Stressors on Alcohol and Tobacco Use: A Longitudinal Study of White Collar Workers presented at the annual meetings of the American Public Health Association, Washington D.C., November 1998. (poster session)
  • The Impact of Familial Alcoholism Density, Environmental Exposure and Depression on Recurrent Use of Alcohol and Illicit Drugs in the General Population, presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, Toronto, Canada, August 1997 (co-author)
  • Resilience to Drinking Vulnerability in Young Adult Women with Alcoholic Parents: The Moderating Effects of Dyadic Cohesion in Marital Communication, presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, New York City, August 1996 ( co-author)
  • If You're Smoking You've Just Got to Have a Drink: Cigarette Smoking by American Women and Interactions with Alcohol Use in a Longitudinal Study, presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, Washington, DC, August 1995.
  • White Collar Occupational Stress, Heavy Drinking-Smoking in Later Life and the Moderating Effects of Social Support: A Longitudinal Study of Older Men, presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, Los Angeles, CA, August 1994. (co-author) .
  • Multigenerational Familial Alcoholism and Maturational Control over Drinking in Sons of Alcoholics: A Longitudinal Study, presented at the annual meetings of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Los Angeles, CA, August, 1994 (co-author)
  • College Drinking and Alcohol Dependence After College: A Longitudinal Study of Gender Differences, presented at the annual meetings of the Western Social Science Association, Albuquerque, NM, April, 1994.
  • Drinking Problems in Adult Children of Alcoholics: Evidence from a National Survey, presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, Miami, FL, August, 1993.(co-author)
  • Grandchildren of Alcoholics: Multigenerational Alcoholism and Problem Drinking in the United States, presented at the annual meetings of the American Public Health Association, San Francisco, CA, October, 1993. (co-author)
  • The Morning After: A Study of Blackout Drinking among American Women Using National Data, presented at the annual meetings of the Southwestern Social Science Association, New Orleans, LA, March, 1993.
  • Blackout Drinking Chronicity among Young Adults: A National Longitudinal Study, presented at the annual meetings of the American Public Health Association, Washington, DC, November, 1992. (co-author)
  • The Incidence of Alcohol Related Blackouts Among Young Adults: A National Longitudinal Study, presented at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, Pittsburgh, PA, August, 1992.
  • A Longitudinal Study of Blackout Drinking Behavior Among College Students: Do They Mature Out? presented at the annual meetings of the Western Social Science Association, Denver, CO, April, 1992.
  • Age of Drinking Onset and Later Problem Drinking: A Regional Comparison, presented at the Annual meetings of the Western Social Science Association, Denver, CO, April, 1992. (co-author)
  • Social Networks and Women's Drinking: An Analysis of the Impact of Social Structure, presented at the annual meetings of the Southwest Sociological Association, Austin, TX March, 1992 (co- author)
  • Alienation and Drinking Patterns Among the Elderly: A General Population Study, presented at the Eighth Annual Forum on Research on Aging, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, October 1991.
  • Social Networks as Structural Influences on Women's Drinking, presented at the annual meetings of the Colorado Women's Studies Association, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO, October, 1991.
  • Stressful Loss and the Buffering Effect of Social Support on Drinking Behavior Among African Americans: Results of a National Survey, presented at the annual meetings of the Black Sociologists' Association, Cincinnati, Ohio, August, 1991. (co-author)
  • The Influence of Social Affiliation on Drinking Behavior: Results of a National Survey, presented at the annual meetings of the Western Social Science Association, Reno, NV, April, 1991.
  • Drinking Patterns in the Pacific Region: A Comparative Analysis Using National Data, presented at the annual meetings of the Western Social Science Association, Reno, NV, April, 1991. (co-author)
  • The Drinking-Smoking Syndrome in the General Population: Sociological Factors, presented at the American Society of Addiction Medicine, annual Medical-Scientific Conference, Boston, MA, April, 1991. (co-author)
  • Alienation and Drinking Behavior in a National Sample of Adults, presented at the annual meetings of the Southwestern Sociological Association, San Antonio, TX, March, 1991.
  • The Impact of Role Loss and Social Support on Drinking Among Older Adults: A General Population Survey, presented at the National Conference on Aging into the 1990s, Novi, MI, April, 1990.
  • The Violent Older Offender: Report from a National Sample, presented at The Elderly Offender Conference, Miami, FL, Feb., 1983.

PROFESSIONAL CONSULTATIONS

  • Reviewed article titled "Social Bonds and Drug Use in Harlem: Examining the Longitudinal Relationship Among Urban Black Youth Drug and Alcohol Drug and Alcohol Dependence "for Drug and Alcohol Dependence, May 2008.
  • Listed in OMNllnstitute Resource Guide, Prevention Evaluation Partners, 2005--- Omni is an applied research organization in Denver, CO.
  • Mayfield Publishing Company, review of potential text on complex organizations, 1999.
  • Journal article reviewer for Substance Use and Misuse. Reviewed articles for special issue of journal, 1998.
  • Journal article reviewer for Journal of Applied Sociology, reviewed several articles, one after it was resubmitted, 1994.
  • Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich Publishing Company, review of Human Arrangements: An Introduction to Sociology by Allan Johnson for revision, 1993.
  • Wadsworth Publishing Company, review of Aging, the Individual and Society by Georgia Barrow for revision, 1992.
  • Wadsworth Publishing Company, review of manuscript for Sociology of Aging textbook, 1986.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION PARTICIPATION

  • 1997- 2007 Blind reviewer of abstracts, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs section of American Public Health Association
    • Reviewed abstracts to determine whether they should be included in the annual meeting; 15-30 abstracts
  • 1997-2000 Permanent Organization Committee, Society for the Study of Social Problems
    • Attended yearly meeting; Reviewed & commented on material relating to by-laws etc.
  • 1995-96 Session organizer (2 sessions) Pacific Sociological Association
    • Organized sessions on Alcohol and Drugs:
      Incidence & patterns of use and Treatment
  • 1994-95 Session organizer Pacific Sociological Association
    • Organized one session on Alcohol and Drugs
  • 1994-95 Member of Program Committee, Pacific Sociological Association
    • Attended program committee meeting; contributed suggestions for sessions; one of the most important committees in the association
  • 1994 Member of Committee to select Outstanding Junior Scholar Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems
    • Read 25 entries, articles and books, and evaluated and ranked them.

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

University

  • 2010 Member of Faculty Senate, HHS representative
  • 2010 Member of Faculty Senate, Welfare Committee
  • 2002-2003 Member of Graduate Council Program Review Committee; monthly meetings, reading a complete program review...graduate degree program; input using a list of standard questions
  • 2002-2003 Graduate Council representative on University Curriculum Committee; monthly meetings; input regarding curriculum proposals from every area of the university
  • 1997 Graduation marshal; served as marshall for three undergraduate and one graduate ceremony
  • 1991-1999 Faculty Senate Grievance Committee member; participated in numerous appeals and hearings, very lengthy lasting from noon to late evening hours.
  • 1991-1992 Judge at Long's Peak Science Fair; evaluated high school science projects, recommended ratings, 8 hour day
  • 1990 Dependent Care Conference organized by another sociologist; all university event at University Center; chaired panel at conference
  • 1990-1999 Member of Safety Committee; reviewed worker's compensation reports; discussed and acted on safety issues and policies; monthly meeting
  • 1982-1989 Women's Studies Committee member; participated in semester, monthly or bi-monthly meetings; reviewed new curriculum, planned women's studies events
  • 1980-1984 Member of Gerontology Curriculum Committee; developed curriculum; approved professors to teach courses in this interdisciplinary program.

College

  • 2009 - Present Member of College Program Review Committee, meeting weekly during some months, read extensive program review material; give input on committee questions to program and to committee letter.
  • 2004-2009 Half-time Assistant Dean of the college; learning community liaison, curriculum, assessment and program review; shared faculty evaluation, faculty hiring meetings; ad hoc committees on summer classes, catalog re-organization, etc.
  • 1994-2003 Curriculum committee member and chair (5 years); chaired meetings; gave input on curriculum proposals; signed for committee; sent memos etc. As member attended bi-weekly meetings, evaluated new and revised curriculum proposals.
  • 2002 Bishop Lehr Building Shepard; served as liaison between faculty in the college and the architect; involved scheduling and attending meetings with different program areas which were to be housed in the renovated building; ascertained that programs got copies of plans; attended academic sub-committee meetings, etc.
  • 1993 Ad Hoc Committee to discuss new general education program pilot; discussion of Social Science component; developed bibliography for social science.

Department/Program

  • 2005-2009 Sociology Coordinator; administration of program
  • 2003-2005 Department Chair; administration of program
  • 1994-2003 Graduate Coordinator; processed admissions; developed materials and policies for graduate program; publicized program; developed assessment plan and data for graduate program; advised prospective students
  • 1995-2001 Associate Chair; in charge of assessment, assisted in scheduling and other activities designated by department chair
  • 1989-2001 Search and screen activities; participated in interview process for 2-3 openings for new faculty members
  • 1997-1999 DEC; looked over yearly evaluations; compiled faculty input
  • 1996-1997 Evaluation of chair for leadership and management (to dean)
  • 1980-1994 Library representative; recommended journals for retention; reviewed declining yearly budget for program; solicited and provided book orders
  • 1989-1992 Criminal Justice emphasis area member; acting director one semester
  • 1983-1991 Comprehensive MA exam committee member, developed exam questions and evaluated answers.
  • 1989-1990 Assisted in preparing one section of the first Sociology program review. Reviewed student petitions for course exceptions; proposed changes to the curriculum.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES

  • 1998-2010 Workshops related to Blackboard and on-line teaching. Given at UNC
  • 1992-2005 Workshops for faculty, department chairs and graduate coordinators at meetings of the American Public Health Association and the American Sociological Association annual meetings

 

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