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Xan Nowakowski

Xan Nowakowski

Assistant Professor
Orlando Regional Campus

Job Description

I conduct research on the experience and management of chronic health conditions and their sequelae in biopsychosocial context. My independent research focuses quite specifically on the experience and management of chronic illness, whereas my team-based research spans a wider breadth of topics within sociomedical research on chronic conditions. To my work I bring the consciousness of both academic training in public health and medical sociology, and lived experience with an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation, pain, and minor functional limitation.


PhD, Medical Sociology, Florida State University, December 2013 MS, Medical Sociology, Florida State University, May 2013 MPH, Health Systems and Policy, Rutgers University / UMDNJ, October 2009 BA, Political Science, Columbia University, May 2005

Research Focus

Experience and management of chronic diseases, especially inflammatory conditions. Interdisciplinary research techniques and biopsychosocial elaboration models. Illness, identity, and embodied health. Cumulative inequality of health in care delivery settings and community built environments across the life course. Health-related quality of life and associated constructs, including pain and disability.


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