Dr. Marta Elliott

Chair of Sociology Department
Professor of Sociology

Ph.D. Program in Social Psychology
Ph.D. in Sociology from the Johns Hopkins University 1995
MA, BA in Sociology from The Ohio State University 1990, 1988

Email: melliott@unr.edu
Phone: (775) 784-4884
Fax: (775) 784-1358
Office: Lincoln Hall 211
Mail Stop: 0300

Curriculum Vitae
Marta Elliott Website


Professor Elliott came to the University of Nevada, Reno as an Assistant Professor in 1996 after completing her Ph.D. and post-doctoral fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University. She was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 2002 and promoted to Full Professor in 2014. Her research revolves around the study of social determinants of physical and psychological well-being.


Research Interests

Social determinants of health

Causes of consequence of mental illness stigma

Institutional transformation towards greater diversity

Health inequalities: gender, race, and socioeconomic status

Health consequences of military service

Religion, spirituality, and well-being

Survey Research Design and Analysis


Recent Publications

Jones, Ann E. and Marta Elliott. Forthcoming. “Examining Social Desirability in Measures of Religion and Spirituality Using the Bogus Pipeline.” Review of Religious Research

Smith, Dena T., Dawne Mouzon and Marta Elliott. Forthcoming. “Reviewing the Assumptions about Men’s Mental Health: An Exploration of the Gender Binary,” American Journal of Men’s Health.

Gonzalez, Carlene and Marta Elliott. 2016. “Faculty Attitudes and Behaviors towards Student Veterans.” Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability 29(1): 35-46.

Elliott, Marta and Michael Doane. 2015. “Stigma Management of Mental Illness: Effects of Discrimination and Identity on Psychological Well-Being.” Self and Identity 14(6): 654-674.

Doane, Michael J., and Marta Elliott. 2015. “Religiosity and Self-Rated Health: A Longitudinal Examination of Their Reciprocal Effects.” Journal of Religion and Health (2015): 1-12.

Naphan, Dara and Marta Elliott. 2015. “Role Exit from the Military: Student Veterans’ Perceptions of Transitioning from the U.S. Military to Higher Education. The Qualitative Report 20:1-13.

Elliott, Marta and Jennifer Lowman. 2015. “Education, Income and Alcohol Misuse: A Stress Process Model.” Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 50(1): 19-26.

Elliott, Marta. 2015. “Predicting Problems on Campus: An Analysis of College Student Veterans.” Analyses of Social Issues & Public Policy 15(1): 105-126.

Elliott, Marta, Dara Naphan and Barbara Kohlenberg. 2015. “Suicidal Behavior during Economic Hard Times.” International Journal of Social Psychiatry 61(5):492-497.

Doane, Michael J. and Marta Elliott. 2015. “Perceptions of Discrimination among Atheists: Consequences for Atheist Identification, Psychological and Physical Well-Being.” Psychology of Religion and Spirituality 7(2): 130-141.

Elliott, Marta. 2014. “Thai Buddhism and Well-Being: A Stress Process Model.” Mental Health, Religion & Culture 17(9): 923-936.

Elliott, Marta. 2014. “Toward a Sociological Theory of Religion and Health.” Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 43:504-506

Elliott, Marta, Dara Naphan and Shane Moulton. 2014. “Inconsistent Support: Differentiating between Attitudes towards U.S. Troops versus towards Veterans.” Annual Review of Political and Military Sociology 42:99-124.

Elliott, Marta and Michael Doane. 2014. “Religion, Psychological Well-Being and Health.” In Michalos, AC (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer pp 5469-5474.

Hayward, R. David and Marta Elliott. 2014. “Cross-National Analysis of the Influence of Cultural Norms and Government Restrictions on the Relationship between Religion and Well-Being.” Review of Religious Research 56(1): 23-43.

Doane, Michael, Marta Elliott, and Portia Dyenforth. 2014. “Extrinsic Religious Orientation and Psychological Well-Being: Is the Negative Association Real of Spurious?” Review of Religious Research 56(1): 45-60.