Department of Sociology

Randi Saunders

M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Doctoral Student
Randi Saunders



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


Randi Saunders is a third year doctoral student in the Department of Sociology and a Graduate Trainee in the Population Research Center.  She is broadly interested in the links between trauma, relationships, and health, including the impact on and influence of social networks, emotion work, 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 family formation events in young adulthood. Randi is currently developing a project to examine the links between relationships, coping, and health following traumatic experiences occurring in the transition to adulthood.

In addition to her research, Randi serves as a teaching assistant for health-related and methodological undergraduate sociology courses.


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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