Randi Saunders

B.A., American University

PRC Graduate Research Trainee
Randi Saunders



population health, reproductive health, trauma, social relationships


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, and the impact of social networks and relationships on health and health decisions. 


Randi's current work includes two lines of inquiry related to trauma, relationships, and health. The first deals with the implications of intimate partner violence for health and reproductive autonomy, while the second investigates the relationship between off-time losses and population health disparities. Randi is particularly interested in how trauma shapes social relationships, and how social relationships may shape health trajectories following traumatic experiences. Her masters thesis investigates the relationship between early life parental loss and the timing of family formation milestones using nationally representative longitudinal panel data. 


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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