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Manacy Pai

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Florida State University, 2008

My teaching and research interests include Social Gerontology, Medical Sociology, and Mental Health. I teach Sociology of Health and Health Care, Aging in Society, and Sociology of Families. My research examines the effect of family and work transitions, namely spousal bereavement and retirement, on physical and social-psychological health of older adults. I am particularly interested in exploring how social structural and personal resources shape the relationships between later life transitions and health outcomes. I also study end-of-life decision making among middle-aged and older adults, specifically assessing factors determining advanced care planning and, social group disparities in access to and quality of end-of-life health care. 

Courses Taught


  • Sociology of Health and Health Care
  • Aging in Society
  • Sociology of Families
  • Introduction to Sociology
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Research Areas
  • Health Disparities
  • Aging and Health
  • End-of-Life Care
  • Caregiving Families
Manacy Pai
Department of Sociology
313 Merrill Hall
Phone: 330-672-3405
Fax: 330-672-4724