Department Head, Community Sciences and Community Health
BiosketchDr. Reisine is a medical sociologist and professor in the UConn School of Dental Medicine. She has directed NIH-funded research projects in the rheumatic musculoskeletal diseases for more than 20 years and has been recognized by the Association for Rheumatology Health Professionals as a Distinguished Scientist for her contributions to the field of rheumatology. Dr. Reisine and colleagues have long been interested in depressive symptoms and the structure of paid and family work among people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. She has made several unique contributions in assessing the impact of rheumatic diseases in family function, including how limitations in functioning affect employment and health outcomes, and how psychological demands of family work have had a greater impact on depressive systems than the psychological demands associated with paid employment. A history of depressive disorders predicts worse long term outcomes in terms of pain, disability and fatigure in chronic diseases (RA) patients. She is now prepared to translate these findings into a workplace intervention that will identify workers at risk for depression and intervene through referral for treatment and the reduction of family-work conflict.
Dr. Reisine received her doctorate in sociology from Yale University in 1976. She is a medical sociologist who has had broad interdisciplinary research experience in medicine and dentistry. Dr. Reisine has received numerous distinguished awards, particularly for her work on women’s health. She is currently principal investigator or co-principal investigator on four research grants, and is the author or co-author of more than 100 peer reviewed papers and /or book chapters in such journals as Arthritis and Rheumatism, Womens Health, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Pediatric Dentistry, and Journal of Aging and Health.