Ellen Idler

Ellen L. Idler came to Emory in 2009 as Director of the Religion and Public Health Collaborative; she is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology in the Rollins School of Public Health.  Dr. Idler received her Ph.D. and M.Phil. from Yale University (1985) and was a Rockefeller Brothers Fellow at Union Theological Seminary, New York.  She studies the influence of religious practices and institutions on the health of populations and communities; the effect of self-perceptions of health on mortality and disability; and the impact of social factors in the health and quality of life of elderly persons.  She is the author of Cohesiveness and Coherence: Religion and the Health of the Elderly (1994) and The Hidden Health Care System (2010).