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College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Thankam Sunil, Ph.D.

Professor, Director, The Institute for Health Disparities Research
Department of Sociology

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Phone: (210) 458-5617
Office: MH 4.03.02

Research area: Reproductive Health, Fertility Analysis, Program Evaluation, Adolescent Health, HIV/AIDS in Africa, Child Malnutrition

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  • Biography

    Dr. Thankam Sunil received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Statistics from the University of Kerala, India. He received his first Ph.D. in Population Studies from the International Institute for Population Sciences (Population Studies), Mumbai, India and his second Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Texas in 2002. His research interests include maternal and child health issues in developing countries and global health disparities.

    Dr. Sunil’s publications include articles on childhood malnutrition in developing countries in Asia, Africa and in the Middle East, and health behaviors (namely, cancer screening and influenza vaccination). His publications on these topics appear in Social Science and Medicine, Vaccine, World Development, Maternal Child Health among others. He also published a book titled Women’s Reproductive Health in Yemen (2010). He has presented numerous papers at national and international conferences.

    Degrees

    • Ph.D. in Sociology, University of North Texas (2002)
    • M.P.H. in Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (1998)
    • Ph.D. in Population Studies, International Institute for Population Sciences, India (1998)
    • M.Phil. in Population Studies, International Institute for Population Sciences, India(1993)
    • M.P.S. in Population Studies, International Institute for Population Sciences, India (1992)
    • M.Sc. in Statistics, University of Kerala, Trivandrum, India (1990)
    • B.Sc. in Statistics, University of Kerala, Trivandrum, India (1988)
  • Recent Courses

    • Introduction to Public Health
    • Global Health
    • Behavioral Epidemiology
    • Social Statistics
  • Research in Progress

    • Sunil, T.S., and Marguerite Sagna (accepted for publication). Decomposition of childhood malnutrition in Cambodia. Maternal and Child Health.
    • Fleuriet, Jill and T.S. Sunil. (in review) Perceived social stress, pregnancy-related anxiety, depression and subjective social status among pregnant Mexican and Mexican American women in Texas.
    • Sunil, T.S., Thelma Hurd, Carma Deem, Lucinda Nevarez, Jeffrey Guidry, Rebecca Rios, Hector Guerra, Juanita Ortiz, and Lovell Jones (in review). Breast cancer knowledge, attitude and screening behaviors among Hispanics in South Texas Colonias.
    • Sunil, T.S., Thelma Hurd, Carma Deem, Lucinda Nevarez, Jeffrey Guidry, Rebecca Rios, Hector Guerra, Juanita Ortiz, and Lovell Jones. (in review) Fatalism and breast cancer screening among Hispanics residing in South Texas.
  • Recent Publications

    • Zottarelli, Lisa K., T.S. Sunil, Phillis Flott, and Shilpashri Karbhari (2012). College student adoption of non-pharmaceutical interventions during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic: a study at two universities. Preventive Medicine, 55:497-499.
    • Miguel Flores, and T.S. Sunil. (2012). International Migration and Infant Mortality Rates in Mexico: A Spatial Econometric Analysis. Social Development Issues, 34(2):1-15.

    • Garcia, Ginny, T.S. Sunil, and Pete Hinojosa (2012). The fast food and obesity link: Consumption patterns and severity of obesity. Obesity Surgery, 22(5):810-818.
    • Sagna, Marguerite, and T.S. Sunil (2012). Effects of individual and neighborhood factors on maternal care in Cambodia. Health & Place, 18(2):415-423.

    • Sunil, T.S., Miguel Flores and Ginny Garcia. (2012). New Evidence on the Effects of International Migration on the Risk of Low Birth Weight in Mexico. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 8:185-198.
    • Sunil, T.S., and Lisa Zottarelli. (2011). Student utilization of a University 2009 H1N1 vaccination clinic. Vaccine, 29(29-39):4687-4689.