Jessica M. Sautter PhD

Jessica Sautter PhD

Assistant Professor of Medical Sociology


BA, Sociology & Psychology, The College of New Jersey

MA, Sociology, Duke University

PhD, Sociology, Duke University

Research Interests

  • Medical sociology:  Social epidemiology, Stress processes and mental health, Disability and chronic illness
  • Health services research:  Patient-caregiver well-being near the end of life, Cost-related nonadherence, Community- and home-based care
  • Methodology:  Survey research, longitudinal analysis


Dr. Sautter’s research and teaching interests focus on demographic and psychosocial approaches to health and aging, with applications in health policy, health services research, and advanced quantitative methods.  Her research examines patterns of health among older adults in the US and China and trajectories of well-being across the course of advanced illness.  Dr. Sautter teaches Introduction to Sociology as well as courses in research methods, public health, and death and dying; she enjoys working with sociology and social science minors on Independent Study and Directed Research projects.  Her service activities include an Associate Editor position with BMC Geriatrics as well as 10 years of involvement with Meals on Wheels organizations as a student intern, volunteer, researcher, and member of the Board of Directors.

Selected Scholarly Activity

  • Burton, A.M., J.M. Sautter, J.A. Tulsky, M.K. Olsen, J.H. Lindquist, L. Wood, J.C. Hays, S.I. Zimmerman, and K.E. Steinhauser.  2012.  “Burden and well-being among a diverse sample of cancer, CHF, and COPD caregivers." JPSM 44(3): 410-420.
  • Sautter, J.M., P.A. Thomas, M.E. Dupre, and L.K. George.  2012.  "Socioeconomic status and the black-white mortality crossover." American Journal of Public Health 102(8): 1566-1571.
  • Gu, D., J.M. Sautter, C. Huang, and Z. Yi.  2011.  "Health inputs and cumulative health deficits among the older Chinese." Social Science & Medicine 72(5): 806-814.

Contact Information

Office location: Kline Hall Room 206
Mailing address: University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215.895.1136
Office Fax: 215.596.7625

j [dot] sautter [at] usciences [dot] edu