Department of Sociology

Randi Saunders

M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Doctoral Student
Randi Saunders



population health, stress/trauma, family formation, social relationships, emotion work, social neuroscience, coping behaviors


Randi Saunders is a fourth year doctoral student in the Department of Sociology and a NICHD Pre-Doctoral Trainee in the Population Research Center.  She is broadly interested in the links between trauma/stress, relationships, and health, including the impact on and influence of social networks, emotion work, and physiological dysregulation.



Randi's current work examines the links between stress, relationships, and health in two ways. One branch of her work examines how off-time losses influence life course trajectories of health and family formation, focusing on early life losses. Her masters thesis examines the relationship between early life parental death and the timing of key family formation events in young adulthood. Her second line of research examines how experiencing intimate violence during the transition to adulthood influences future health trajectories, and how those trajectories and associated health/coping behaviors may be influenced by social relationships and networks.


Randi received her B.A. in Sociology and International Studies from American University in 2014, and earned her M.A. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2019. Prior to coming to UT, she worked as a domestic violence advocate and global health professional in Washington, DC.

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