Karen T. Vangundy

Faculty Fellow
Phone: (603) 862-1896
Office: Sociology, McConnell Hall Rm 341D, Durham, NH 03824
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Karen Van Gundy is a sociologist at the University of New Hampshire and a Carsey Faculty Fellow. Her research applies theories of stress and coping to study variations in health, emotional, and behavioral outcomes in youth and adulthood. Her most recent work considers the effects of family, school, and community contexts on depression, substance use problems, and delinquency among rural and urban youth. Her recent work includes a National Science Foundation funded panel study of middle and high school students that examines the effects of cognitive developmental factors on rule-violating behaviors.

At the Carsey School of Public Policy, Karen is co-investigator on the ongoing Rural Youth Panel Survey (Coos County Youth Survey) in rural New Hampshire. Also through Carsey, she published a report, Substance Abuse in Rural and Small Town America, which used data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health to document substance abuse patterns among rural and urban U.S. youth, young adults, and adults. Other published work appears in peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Health and Social BehaviorSocial Psychology Quarterly, and Social Science and Medicine. Karen earned bachelor's degrees in psychology and sociology from Virginia Tech, her master's degree in sociology at the University of Cincinnati, and her doctorate degree in sociology from the University of Miami.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Miami
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Cincinnati
  • B.S., Psychology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Courses Taught

  • COLA 657: Justice Studies Budapest Prog
  • JUST 650: Spc Stdy/Comp Justice Systems
  • JUST 651: Field Stdy/Hungarian Just Syst
  • SOC 440: Honors/Addiction & Society
  • SOC 599: Sociological Analysis
  • SOC 620: Drugs and Society
  • SOC 699: Senior Thesis
  • SOC 720: Sociology of Drug Use
  • SOC 900: Pro-seminar
  • SOC 999: Doctoral Research

Selected Publications

Tucker, C. J., Sharp, E. H., Van Gundy, K. T., & Rebellon, C. J. (2017). Household chaos, relationships with parents and adolescents? future beliefs. Journal of Family Studies, 23(3), 229-242. doi:10.1080/13229400.2015.1090327

Van Gundy, K. T., Rebellon, C. J., Jaffee, E. M., Stracuzzi, N. F., Sharp, E. H., & Tucker, C. J. (2016). Perceived Local Job Prospects and School Connectedness in a Struggling Rural Economy: A Life-Course Perspective. Peabody Journal of Education, 91(2), 224-245. doi:10.1080/0161956X.2016.1151748

Rebellon, C. J., Manasse, M. E., Agnew, R., Van Gundy, K. T., & Cohn, E. S. (2016). The relationship between gender and delinquency: Assessing the mediating role of anticipated guilt. Journal of Criminal Justice, 44, 77-88. doi:10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2015.11.006

Tucker, C. J., Van Gundy, K., Sharp, E. H., & Rebellon, C. (2015). Brief report: Physical health of adolescent perpetrators of sibling aggression. Journal of Adolescence, 45, 171-173. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.09.007

Van Gundy, K. T., Howerton-Orcutt, A., & Mills, M. L. (2015). Race, Coping Style, and Substance Use Disorder Among Non-Hispanic African American and White Young Adults in South Florida. Substance Use & Misuse, 50(11), 1459-1469. doi:10.3109/10826084.2015.1018544

Schieman, S., Whitestone, Y. K., & Van Gundy, K. (2006). The Nature of Work and the Stress of Higher Status. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 47(3), 242-257. doi:10.1177/002214650604700304

Rebellon, C. J., & Van Gundy, K. (2005). Can Control Theory Explain the Link Between Parental Physical Abuse and Delinquency? A Longitudinal Analysis. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 42(3), 247-274. doi:10.1177/0022427804271926

Turner, R. J., Taylor, J., & Van Gundy, K. (2004). Personal Resources and Depression in the Transition to Adulthood: Ethnic Comparisons. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 45(1), 34-52. doi:10.1177/002214650404500103

Schieman, S., van Gundy, K., & Taylor, J. (2001). Status, Role, and Resource Explanations for Age Patterns in Psychological Distress. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 42(1), 80. doi:10.2307/3090228

Schieman, S., & Gundy, K. V. (2000). The Personal and Social Links between Age and Self-Reported Empathy. Social Psychology Quarterly, 63(2), 152. doi:10.2307/2695889

Most Cited Publications