The American Sociological Association (ASA) has named BCSSW Associate Dean of Research David Takeuchi the Leonard I. Pearlin award winner for his distinguished contributions to the sociological study of mental health.
Takeuchi is a sociologist with postdoctoral training in epidemiology and health services research, and his research focuses on the social, structural, and cultural contexts that are associated with different health outcomes, with a particular interest in racial and ethnic minorities. Takeuchi’s research also examines the use of health services in different communities. In his role as Associate Dean of Research, Takeuchi works with faculty members to facilitate their research, build networks, and strategize about how to prioritize projects
Throughout his prolific career, Takeuchi has published in a wide range of journals, and has received funding for his work from the National Institutes of Health, W.T. Grant Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is the winner of the Legacy Award from the Family Research Consortium and the Innovations Award from the National Center on Health and Health Disparities. He has served on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Health Statistics and currently serves on the Integration of Immigrants into American Society committee for the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Program.
Takeuchi is a strong proponent for developing interdisciplinary, research-driven approaches to solving complex societal issues. Recently, he penned editorials for the Boston Globe and the London School of Economics advocating against the FIRST Act, proposed legislation that would cut funding to research in the social sciences, and give politicians more say as to which projects are awarded federal monies.
Prior to joining Boston College, Takeuchi was Associate Dean of Research at the University of Washington School of Social Work. Before that, he was a professor in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University.
Leonard I. Pearlin’s long career as a sociologist included pioneering work in the laboratories of the National Institute of Mental Health, and professorships at schools such as the University of California San Francisco and the University of Maryland. According to The ASA, his work on the social origins of mental illness “shaped sociological research on the stress process.”
The Pearlin Award will be presented on August 22, 2015 in Chicago during the business meeting of the sociology of mental health section of the ASA. Visit the ASA’s website for the complete list of past winners.