Alexis Merdjanoff

Alexis Merdjanoff

Alexis Merdjanoff

Clinical Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Professional overview

Dr. Alexis Merdjanoff is a scholar working at the intersection of public health and sociology.  Her work primarily explores how social inequalities shape the impact of disaster on health, recovery, and resilience, particularly for vulnerable populations.  She aims to reveal important contextual factors that can propel affected residents on different paths of post-disaster recovery.  Her current research considers how exposure to traumatic events influences health over the life course. 

As Director of Research for the Population Impact, Recovery and Resilience (PiR2) research program, she is working on several studies, including the longitudinal Katrina@10 Program, and the Sandy Child and Family Health (S-CAFH) Study to answer fundamental questions about improving the health and well-being of populations exposed to disaster.  More recently, she has been working on two Zika virus studies: the Zika Risk Salience Study and the Zika Women’s Panel Study.

Dr. Merdjanoff frequently engages in mixed-methods research, including semi-structured in-depth interviewing, focus groups, and survey analysis. Trained as a sociologist, she believes in a holistic approach to answering questions surrounding health, disaster exposure, and recovery.  Dr. Merdjanoff teaches several public health courses including, “Qualitative & Field Methods in Global Public Health,” and “Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health.”


BS, Sociology (Magna Cum Laude), New York University, New York, NY
MA, Sociology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
PhD, Sociology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Honors and awards

Best Dissertation in Mental Health, American Sociological Association, Sociology of Mental Health section (2016)
Anne Foner Dissertation Prize, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University (2016)
Matilda White Riley Published Article Award for Outstanding Journal Article, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University (2013)
Weather & Society Integrated Studies (WAS*IS) Fellow (2011)
Graduate School Special Study Award, Rutgers University (2011)

Areas of research and study

Aging and the Life Course
Disaster Impact and Recovery
Housing Stability
Mental Health
Social Determinants of Health


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