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I am a sociologist specializing in social networks and medical sociology. I'm interested in how social relationships can support health or introduce risks to health, particularly in domains that might not seem obviously contagious but still have a social component, like mental health. I study mainly adolescent peer networks and health, with current research projects examining how connections with school peers relate to depression, self-harm, and substance use. Beyond the importance of peers to adolescent health, examining social networks can inform the broader medical sociology literature on social support, contagion, and other mechanisms that link human social life to physical and mental well-being.

As a PhD candidate at Duke, I'm affiliated with the Duke Network Analysis Center. I've worked as a research assistant for Dr. Jim Moody, teaching assistant for two upper-level sociology courses, and instructor for Social Inequality. I'm also a mentor to undergraduates in the University Scholars Program and graduate advisor to the student-led University Scholars service-learning class on education inequality.

Please feel free to contact me at molly.copeland@duke.edu