Master’s Student in Sociology Receives Award at 2016 Graduate Scholars Forum

Posted on 4/19/2016 12:29:27 PM

Kelsey Shaulis, a graduate student in Sociology and MARTI graduate research assistant, received the third place award for presenters from the College of Humanities and Social Science at this year’s Graduate Scholars Forum. 

Her presentation, “Family and Health Service Utilization among Aging Immigrants in the United States,” is based on her master’s thesis research, directed by Diane Shinberg. Kelsey also received honorable mention for her bibliography at the forum. 

Her research examines the ways in which policy and administrative barriers to health care impact households and affects health service utilization among the immigrant elderly. Situated within Andersen's (1995) behavioral model of health services use, the driving research questions are: what is the configuration of health service utilization and enabling resources (including health insurance coverage) among aging immigrants and their families; and, how does the health service utilization among the immigrant elderly compare to the access and utilization of care for other groups?

Kelsey is performing statistical analyses of individual and family-level characteristics using secondary, public use data from the 2013 Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) to generate data that will answer these questions and better understand realized access to health services.

Kelsey, a Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society member, is in her second year of the MA program in Sociology and has been a MARTI research assistant for four years, since her junior year at IUP. She is also the CALSA student coordinator at MARTI and a founding member of the Tlacuilo Honor Society at IUP, an honor society for student scholars interested in Latino and Latin American Studies.

Kelsey, an alumna of the Cook Honors College, graduated summa cum laude with a BA degree in Spanish and minors in Anthropology, Latin American Studies, and English in 2012, with a cumulative 4.0 grade point average. As an undergraduate, she was active in student organizations and sports, and in the summers she volunteered at community organizations back home in Allentown, Pa.