Stephen Petterson is Research Director at the Robert Graham Center. Previously, as a sociologist and social statistician, he was on faculty at the University of Virginia and a researcher at the Southeastern Rural Mental Health Research Center. He has taught courses in statistics, welfare policy, problems of urban life and sociology of work.
His research interests include: national and state health policy, access to care and health insurance, the relationship between primary care and mental health treatment, and global health. He has a particular interest in understanding the barriers faced by disadvantaged populations in the health care system.
He earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin in 1993, and an undergraduate degree in sociology and anthropology from Haverford College in 1984.