Terry Mills

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Dr. Mills is the Dean for Research and Director of the Office for Sponsored Programs, and Professor of Sociology at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA.

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As a sociologist, my primary area of research is social determinants of health, health disparities and inequities. One investigative issue might be, “how does geographic location affect self-assessments of physical and mental health?” Additionally, I am interested in social/behavioral factors associated with environmental sustainability. For example, “how do patterns of consumerism, consumption, and waste affect the environment?”

APPROACH/METHODOLOGY – Typically, my studies use multivariate analysis on secondary data sets (National probability data) using SAS, SPSS, or STATA. However, based upon preliminary investigation of computational analysis approaches, I have come across methods such as:
• Geovisualzation
• Information Visualization
• Knowledge Discovery in Databases (KDD)
• Geographically-weighted regression.

As excellent reference to the use of computational analysis in my research is an informative article on, “Analysis and Detection of Health Disparities Using Geostatistics and a Space-Time Information System” (Pierre Goovaerts, 2005), which offers a detailed presentation on the use of geostatistical methodology. The goal in these analyses is to uncover the structures, patterns, relationships, and trends in the data.

Dr. Mills is the Deputy Editor of the Journal of Family Issues and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Gerontology. Additionally, he has been an ad-hoc reviewer for the Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences and Psychological Science, Research in Aging, Family Relations, Journal of the National Medical Association, and Journal of Aging Studies. He has published widely, and edited a two-volume edition of the Journal of Family Issues (vol. 22:[4/5]), which focused on grandparent-grandchild relationships.

Dr. Mills is a 2009 recipient of the Outstanding Mentor Award from the GSA Taskforce on Minority Issues in Aging, and a 2005 recipient of the William R. Jones Outstanding Mentor Award from the Florida Education Fund/McKnight Doctoral Fellows Program. Currently, he serves as a mentor and member of the external advisory council for the NIA-funded Deep South RCMAR (Morehouse School of Medicine, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Tuskegee University, and the University of Alabama); The Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology, and the Morehouse NIH-funded grant to Build Research Infrastructure and Capacity (BRIC).

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