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Photograph of Arthur Henry Eliassen Arthur Henry Eliassen
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Office: N-1067


B.A. Psychology, Florida State University M.Div.
Ministerial Studies, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary M.S.
Sociology, Florida State University Ph.D. (Sociology of Health and Aging), Florida State University


After many years in the printing and publishing industries, Dr. Eliassen returned to graduate school and completed his Ph.D. in August 2006. Following a nine-month teaching appointment at Arkansas State University, he accepted his current position at the University of Houston-Downtown starting in Fall 2007. At UHD, he has coordinated local arrangements for the inter-university fall Health Disparities course (held at UHD in 2008, 2011, and 2014); developed a University Seminar in Health and Aging for transfer students; and participated in degree program planning in Health and Behavioral Sciences, Gerontology, and Religious Studies.


Dr. Eliassen’s recent publications and presentations focus on power relations and health disparity, biopsychosocial challenges associated with aging, and the relationship of religiosity to gender, racial/ethnic, and socioeconomic differences in mental and physical health. He has also conducted research in the sociology of work and education and in the social distribution of mortality. His current teaching includes courses in Medical Sociology, Aging/Social Gerontology, Health Disparities, and Death and Dying. He has previously taught Introduction to Sociology, Research Methods, and Statistics at UHD.

Eliassen, A. Henry. 2013. “Religious Involvement and Readiness to Confirm Reported Physical Disability.” Journal of Religion and Health. Online publication ahead of print August 13. doi:10.1007/s10943-013-9763-5.

Eliassen, A. Henry. 2013. “The Usefulness of Health Disparity: Stumbling Blocks in the Path to Social Equity.” Journal of Community Positive Practices 13(1):3–25. Published online April 22 (

Eliassen, A. Henry. 2013. “Religious Coping and Depression in Young Adulthood: Effects of Global Stress Exposure and Pre-Teenage Religious Service Attendance.” Review of Religious Research 55(3):413–33. doi:10.1007/s13644-013-0110-9.

Eliassen, A. Henry. 2014. “Visual Impairment, Balance, Agility, and Falls in Older Adults.” Presented at the 3rd Annual Symposium on Gerontology-Geriatrics Awareness and Education, San Jacinto College, February 22, Houston, TX.

Eliassen, A. Henry. 2014. “Power Relations and Healthcare Communication in Older Adulthood: Educating Providers and Recipients.” Presented at the 40th Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, March 1, Denver, CO.


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