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Stephen Kunitz is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.
Stephen completed a Masters Degree in 1964 and received his PhD in sociology from Yale in 1970. His PhD was based on fieldwork among Navajo and Hopi populations. He continued to complete field studies in the American Southwest with Emeritus Professor Levy from the University of Arizona, most of which examined substance misuse, problems associated with the elderly and changing patterns of disease. Stephen spent two years working as a medical officer at the Indian Health Service hospital in Tuba City, Arizona, which was where he also began working with Professor Levy on problems associated with alcohol misuse and deviant behaviour. In the 1990’s Stephen spent three months of the year at the Australian National University in Canberra.
Stephen’s research has focussed on a range of areas, some of which include the Sociology of medical knowledge; history of medicine; and the relationship between social change and morbidity and mortality.
During his career, Stephen has been acknowledged with numerous awards and honours, including: