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Jim Stimpson is a Professor of Public Health at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is a medical sociologist with a focus on social drivers of health, health policy, health services research.

Jim Stimpson, PhD, is a Professor in the Peter J. O’Donnell School of Public Health at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He is a medical sociologist on a mission to improve population health, public policy, and healthcare systems. He uses a variety of methodological approaches such as quasi-experimental analysis, survey research, policy analysis and legal epidemiology, and health services research methods to research a wide range of topics including cancer prevention, immigrant populations, family and neighborhood influences on health, injury prevention, and access to health care.


He holds a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Nebraska. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the epidemiology of aging at the University of Texas Medical Branch.


His current projects include studying the etiology of mis- and disinformation among Latino immigrants and the related “chilling effects,” including enrolling in Medicaid and seeking health care, because of government laws or action; examining the effects of public health emergencies (hurricanes, earthquakes, covid) on the health care system and residents' access to care in island communities; and evaluating the combined effects of state paid leave laws and Medicaid expansion on colorectal cancer screening.

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