Randi Saunders

B.A., American University

PRC Graduate Research Trainee
Randi Saunders



population health, family formation, trauma, social relationships, social neuroscience, mental health and coping behaviors


Randi Saunders is a second year doctoral student in the Department of Sociology and a Graduate Trainee in the Population Research Center.  She is broadly interested in population health, trauma, violence, emotion work and health, and the impact of social networks and relationships on health and health behaviors, including mental health, coping behaviors, and physiological dysregulation. 


Randi's current work addresses two links between trauma and health. The first deals with the implications of intimate partner violence on health and reproductive autonomy, while the second investigates the relationship between off-time losses and health disparities. Her masters thesis investigates the relationship between early life parental loss and the timing of the transition to adult roles. Randi is currently developing a project to examine the links between relationships, coping, and health following traumatic experiences occurring in the transition to adulthood.


Randi received her B.A. in Sociology and International Studies from American University in 2014. Prior to coming to UT, she worked as a domestic violence advocate and global health professional in Washington, DC.

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