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Cline, Krista

Assistant Professor - Sociology
Sociology & Criminology


Jordan Hall - 371A


Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise
Sociology of health, women's body image, aging, social psychology, obesity, medical sociology, family, and the life-course.

Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)

*Howard, Jay, Kate Novak, Krista Cline and Marvin Scott. Accepted for Publication. "Another Nibble at the Core: Student Learning in a Topically-focused Introductory Sociology Course." Teaching Sociology.

*Cline, Krista M. C. and Jessica Decker. 2012. “Does Weight Gain During Pregnancy Influence Postpartum Depression?” Journal of Health Psychology.

*Cline, Krista M. C. 2010. “Psychological Effects of Dog Ownership: Role Strain, Role Enhancement, and Depression.” Journal of Social Psychology. 150: 117-131.

*Johnson, Rebecca, Marilyn J. Rantz, Charlotte McKenney, and Krista M. C. Cline. 2009. “TigerPlace: Training Veterinarians about Animal Companionship for the Elderly.” Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 35: 511-513.

*Sechrist, Jori, J. Jill Suitor, Angela Henderson, Krista M. C. Cline, and Michael Steinhour. 2007. “Regional Differences in Parent-Adult Child Relations.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 62B: S388-S391.

*Cline, Krista M. C. and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2006. “Does Religion Increase the Prevalence and Incidence of Obesity in Adulthood?” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 45: 269-281.

Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)
Courses taught: Research Methods, Social World (Health & Illness; Gender), International Crime, Gender and Society, Gender, Race, and Crime.

Personal Hobbies
I enjoy running, swimming, and biking. I am a competitive runner and have also completed a triathlon.   I'm also an avid reader, dog lover, and enjoy pilates and yoga. I have four sons; Camden, Brenner, Schafer, and Bryton, who also take up much of my time.


*Ph.D. in Sociology and Gerontology, Purdue University, 2007.
*M.A. in Sociology and Criminology, Northern Illinois University, 2003.
*B.S. in Psychology, Northern Illinois University, 2001.