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Ellen Granberg

Associate Provost

Office: 206 Sikes Hall
Phone: 864-656-3812
Fax: 864-656-1252
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 Educational Background

Ph.D. Sociology
Vanderbilt University 2001

M.A. Sociology
Vanderbilt University 1997

B.A. History
University of California at Davis 1984

 Courses Taught

Self and Society
Research Methods
Human Systems


I am a social psychologist interested in health and mental health. My research focuses on two key questions. First, how do people navigate experiences that involve dramatic change in health related identities such as overweight or obese? Second, how can families help adolescents and young adults cope effectively with the transition between childhood and adulthood? Currently, I am investigating the role of family racial socialization as a buffer assisting children when coping with the mental health consequences of social stress and discrimination. I study these questions using both qualitative and quantitative data.

 Research Interests

Self and identity processes involving obesity and weight loss; mental health consequences of obesity; mental health consequences of racial discrimination.

 Research Publications

Bond, Mary Edmond, Ellen M. Granberg, Ronald L. Simons, Mankit Lei. 2014. "Distressing Relationships, Anger, and Stress Amplification in a Sample of Young Adult African Americans." Journal of Adult Development. Vol 21:13-29.

Lander, Antoinette M., Leslie G. Simons, Ronald L. Simons, Gene H. Brody, Chalandra M. Bryant, Frederick X. Gibbons, Ellen M. Granberg, Janet M. Melby. 2013. "Exploring the Impact of Skin Tone on Family Dynamics and Race-Related Outcomes." Journal of Family Psychology. Vol. 27(5):817-826.

Pate, R.R., O'Neill, J.R., Liese, A.D., Janz, K.F., Granberg, E.M., Colabianchi, N., Harsha, D.W., Condrasky, M.M., O'Neil, P.M., Lau, E.Y., Taverno Ross, S.E. 2013. Factors associated with development of excessive fatness in children and adolescents: A review of prospective studies. Obesity Reviews. Vol. 14(8):645-658.

Granberg, Ellen M. Mary B. Edmond, Ronald L. Simons, Frederick X. Gibbons, Mankit Lei. 2012. "The Association between Racial Socialization and Mental Health: Testing Cognitive and Interactional Associations in a Longitudinal Cohort of Young Adult African Americans." Society and Mental Health. Vol. 2(3):207-225.

Luo, Ye, Jun Xu, Ellen Granberg, and William M. Wentworth. 2012. "A longitudinal study of social status, perceived discrimination, and physical and emotional health among older adults" Research on Aging. Vol. 34:275-301.

Granberg, Ellen M. 2011. "Depression and Obesity." Pp. 129-149 in Handbook of Obesity in the Social Sciences, edited by John Cawley. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Granberg, Ellen M. 2011. "'Now My Old Self Is Thin': Stigma Exits after Weight Loss." Social Psychology Quarterly. Vol. 74(1):1-24.

Granberg, Ellen M., Leslie G. Simons, Ronald L. Simons. 2009. "Exploring a Body Image Paradox: The Impact of Family Racial Socialization on the Relationship between Body Size and Social Self Esteem among Adolescent African American Girls." Youth and Society. Vol. 41(2):256-277.

Simons, Leslie G., Ellen M. Granberg, Yi-Fu Chen, Ronald L. Simons, Rand D. Conger, Frederick X. Gibbons, Gene R. Brody, Velma M. Murry. 2008. "Differences between European Americans and African Americans in the Association between Child Obesity and Disrupted Parenting." Journal of Comparative Family Studies. Vol. 39(4):589-610.

Granberg, Ellen M., Ronald L. Simons, Frederick X. Gibbons, Janet N. Melby. 2008. "The Relationship between Body Weight and Depressed Mood: Findings from a Sample of African American Middle School Girls." Youth and Society. Vol. 39(3):294-315.

Granberg, Ellen M. 2008. "Social Change." Pp. 309-317 in Social Structure and Emotion, edited by Dawn T. Robinson and Jody Clay-Warner. San Diego: Elsevier.