Skip Navigation
*To search for student contact information, login to FlashLine and choose the "Directory" icon in the FlashLine masthead (blue bar).

Profile Detail

Brian Castellani, Ph.D.

Professor, Sociology


Academic Background:

  • Ph.D. in medical sociology from Kent State University in 1997
  • M.S. in clinical psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in 1992
  • B.A. in psychology from Kent State University in 1988

Current Positions:

  • Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Kent State University
  • Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Head, Complexity and Health Group, Robert S. Morrison Health and Science Building, Kent State University at Ashtabula
  • Advisory Board Member, Center for the Study of Complex Systems, Kalamazoo College

Recent Fellowships and Visiting Professorships:

  • Leonard Slater Fellow, University College, Durham University, UK Autumn 2012
  • Visiting Scholar, Institute for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California, Autumn 2012

Research Interests:

  • Complexity Science/Theory, particularly in application to community health, health inequalities, and topics in clinical/medical psychology
  • Methods and Methodology, including experience in mixed methods, i.e. quantitative, qualitative and computational simulation techniques.  More specifically, I have expertise in: statistics (for social surveys); longitudinal research (including quantitative/qualitative methods); computational modeling (including agent-based and mathematical modeling); dynamical systems theory; case-based modeling; comparative methods; artificial neural networks; social network analysis; data visualization; and data science.
  • The Dynamics and Evolution of Complex Systems
  • Community Health
  • Health Networks
  • Stress and Coping, specifically Allostatic Load, Depression, Addiction and Anxiety
  • Medical Education/Medical Professionalism

Teaching Areas:

  • Methods and Methodology, specifically statistics, mixed-methods, computational modeling, case-based modeling, artificial neural networks, network analysis, data visualization, and data science
  • Complexity Science/Theory
  • Human Complexity
  • Medical Sociology
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology of Mental Health
  • Globalization and health

Recent Grant Activity:

As Reviewer

  • (2014) External Reviewer for Cultural Anthropology Program, National Science Foundation. (Autumn 2014)
  • (2014) External Reviewer for Università degli Studi di Macerata, International Research Office, Italy. (Summer 2014)
  • (2014) External Reviewer for Early Career Grants, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK (Spring 2014)
  • (2013) "Partnership University Fund," through the Office for Science & Technology (OST) of the Embassy of France in the United States of America
  • (2012) "Dynamics of Multi-Level Complex Systems Area" of the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Proactive in DG Information Society and Media (DG INFSO) of the European Commission, Call 8.

As Consultant

  • La construction de la dépendance au jeu d’argent comme problème de santé publique. Genèse et usages d’une catégorie (translated: The social construction of gambling addiction as a public health problem. Genesis and uses of a category) Directed by prof. Sophie Rodari, Applied University of Social Work (Haute Ecole de Travail Social), Geneva, and prof. Ellen Hertz, Institute of Ethnology, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation, Bern (2 years) IN REVIEW
  • (2013) YEAR 2 of Stress Resilience in Virtual Environments: The STRIVE Project.  Principal Investigator: J. Galen Buckwalter.  Amount: $1,250,000.  The Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center(TATRC), U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC). AWARDED
  • (2012) Office of Naval Research Stress Sensing Project. Principal Investigator: J. Galen Buckwalter.  Amount: $850,000.  Office of Naval Research. AWARDED
  • (2011)  Stress Resilience in Virtual Environments: The STRIVE Project.  Principal Investigator: J. Galen Buckwalter.  Amount: $1,250,000.  The Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC). AWARDED

PI or Co-PI Grants

  • (PI) Collaborative Research, US-UK: Modeling Dynamical, Aggregate Health Trajectories Across Time: A Case-Based, Density, Network Approach. Catalyzing New International Collaborations (CNIC), National Science Foundation. (PI) Brian Castellani, Kent State University, (Co-PI) Rajeev Rajaram, Kent State University. (The collaboration is with Emma Uprichard and colleagues, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methods and Centre for Complexity Science, Warwick University, UK.)  UNDER REVIEW, $67,000.
  • (Co-PI 2014) Exploring the use social network analysis to understand faculty development impacts. AMEE Research Grant, 2014-2015, (PI) Lieff S, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto Medical School, AWARDED, $15,295.
  • (Co-PI 2013) Controlling Community Health across Time: Cases, Regions and Densities versus Nodes, Sub-graphs and Networks) Strategic Award, the Warwick Research Development Fund, Warwick University, (PI) Emma Uprichard, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, Warwick University, AWARDED £9,709
  • (Co-PI 2013) Complexity and Case Based Methods Research  Development Award, Warwick Research Development Fund, Warwick University, (PI) Emma Uprichard, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, Warwick University, AWARDED £2,647
  • (Co-PI, 2013) Complexity and Method in the Social Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Research Seminars Competition 2012-2013. Economic and Social Research Council, (PI) Emma Uprichard, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, Warwick University, AWARDED £29,603
  • (PI, 2010) Field Experience to Establish a Center for Complexity in Health. Professional Development Award, Regional Campuses, Kent State University.  AWARDED $10,000.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

2012    Castellani, B., Rajaram, R., Buckwalter, JG., Ball, M., and Hafferty, F. 2014. “Place and Health as Complex Systems: A Case Study and Empirical Test.” SpringerBriefs in Public Health. http://www.springer.com/public+health/book/978-3-319-09733-6.

2014    Rajaram, R, B. Castellani. “The Utility of Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics, Specifically Transport Theory, for Modeling Cohort Data.” Complexity.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cplx.21512/abstract.

 
2012    Rajaram, R and B. Castellani. “Modeling Complex Systems Macroscopically: Case/Agent-Based Modeling, Synergetics and the Continuity Equation.”  Complexity, 18(2): 8-17.

2012    Castellani, B and R. Rajaram. “Case-Based Modeling and the SACS Toolkit: A Mathematical Outline.”  Computational and Mathematical Organizational Theory, 18(2):153-174

2012    Castellani, B., Rajaram, R., Buckwalter, JG., Ball, M., and Hafferty, F. 2012. “Place and Health as Complex Systems: A Case Study and Empirical Test.” Proceedings of the Center for Complexity in Health, Kent State University at Ashtabula, 1(1):1-35. http://www.personal.kent.edu/~bcastel3/place_and_health_as_complex_systems.pdf.

2012    Castellani, B., C. Schimpf and F. Hafferty. 2013. “Medical Sociology and Case-Based Complexity Science: A Users Guide.”  In Martin and Sturmburg (Eds) Handbook of Systems and Complexity in Health. Springer. pp. 521-535.

2010    Castellani, B. "A Review of Mind and Society: Special Issue on Social Simulation, Volume 8, Number 2, 2009." Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/13/2/reviews/2.html.

2010    Hafferty, F. and B. Castellani. The Increasing Complexities of Professionalism." Academic Medicine, Flexner Centenary Issues, 85(2): 288-301

2009    Castellani, B. and F. Hafferty.  Sociology and Complexity Science: A New Area of Inquiry. Germany: Springer (280 pages). http://www.springer.com/physics/complexity/book/978-3-540-88461-3

2006    Castellani, B. and F. Hafferty. "The Complexities of Professionalism: A Preliminary Investigation."  In Delese Wear and Julie Aultman's (Editors)) Professionalism in Medicine: Critical Perspectives. Springer: New York.

2004    Castellani, J. and B. Castellani. "Data Mining Process and Analysis Strategies for Special Education Technology Decision-Making."  In D. Edyburn, K. Higgins, & R. Boone (Editors), Handbook of Special Education Technology.

2003    Castellani, B. J. Castellani, and S. Spray. "Grounded Neural Networking: Modeling Complex Quantitative Data." Symbolic Interaction, 26(4): 577-589.

2003    Castellani, B. and J. Castellani. "Data Mining: Qualitative Analysis with Health Informatics Data."  Qualitative Health Research, 13(7): 1005-1018.

Brian Castellani, Ph.D.
OFFICE
Department of Sociology
OFFICE HOURS

By Appointment
Main Hall, C219

CONTACT INFO
Phone: 440-964-4331
bcastel3@kent.edu
COURSES TEACHING
Fall 2014
  • SOC 12050 - 201 Introduction To Sociology
  • SOC 32210 - 200 Researching Society
  • SOC 42126 - 200 Sociological Theories
  • SOC 72896 - 002 Individual Investigation
Spring 2015
  • SOC 22778 - 200 Social Problems
  • SOC 32220 - 200 Data Analysis
  • SOC 32221 - 200 Data Analysis Laboratory
  • SOC 32400 - 200 Individual And Society
EXPERTISE