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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, Autumn 2012
  • Visiting Scholar, Institute for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California, Autumn 2012

Research Interests:

  • Complexity Science/Theory, particularly in application to medical sociology, social psychology and globalization
  • 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
  • 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
  • Medical Sociology
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology of Mental Health
  • Globalization

Recent Grant Activity:

As Reviewer

  • (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

  • (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

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
Summer 2014
  • SOC 12050 - 211 Introduction To Sociology
  • SOC 32220 - 200 Data Analysis
  • SOC 32221 - 200 Data Analysis Laboratory
  • SOC 42563 - 230 Soc Health And Health Care
Fall 2014
  • SOC 12050 - 201 Introduction To Sociology
  • SOC 32210 - 200 Researching Society
  • SOC 42126 - 200 Sociological Theories
Spring 2015
  • SOC 12050 - 200 Introduction To Sociology
  • SOC 32220 - 200 Data Analysis
  • SOC 32221 - 200 Data Analysis Laboratory
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