Arthur Cosby

William L. Giles Distinguished Professor and Director, Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State University

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Ph.D., Sociology, Mississippi State University

Email: Arthur.Cosby@ssrc.msstate.edu

Phone: (662) 325-7127

 

Dr. Arthur G. Cosby is a William L. Giles Distinguished Professor at Mississippi State University (MSU). He serves as Director and Research Fellow at the University’s Social Science Research Center (SSRC) and as Professor of Sociology. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Mississippi State University in 1969 and has held prior faculty positions at Louisiana State University and Texas A & M University. He has numerous publications and conference presentations in the area of “public sociology.” His research applies social science knowledge to such real-world problems as health, poverty, career development, racial disparities, tobacco control, families/children and policy studies. From 1981 to 1987, Dr. Cosby was the Thomas L. Bailey Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work. In 2003, he was the founding Director of the Mississippi Health Policy Research Center, and in 2000, he served as the Executive Director of the Rural Health, Safety, and Security Institute.

His research program has been supported by numerous agencies and foundations, including the American Cancer Society, The Bower Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Economic Research Service, the Ministero dell Istruzione, dell Universita’e della Ricera, Italy, the National Aeronautic and Space Administration, the National Institute of Education, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Office of Rural Health Policy (HRSA), the Phil Hardin Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the U. S. Department of Agriculture, as well as numerous state agencies.

Dr. Cosby’s current research focuses on a number of approaches to investigating the social climate for the improvement of health and well being in America. These include such topics as the social and cultural dimensions of pain, healthy and unhealthy places in America and geographic and racial disparities. In 2005, he was first editor of About Children: An Authoritative Resource on the State of Childhood Today which was released by the American Academy of Pediatrics on its 75th anniversary.

 

Recent Publications:

Neaves, T. T., Mann, S., Myers, L. B., & Cosby, A. G. (2014). Assessing Reverse 911®:  A study of the 2007 San Diego wildfires. Journal of Emergency Management 12(4):315-325. DOI: 10.5055/jem.2014.0182

Cosby, A. G. (2013). Lessons learned from the nurse in charge. In G. Glazer & J. Fitzpatrick (Eds.), Nursing leadership from the outside in. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Chi, G., Porter, J., Cosby, A., and Levinson, D. (2013). “The Impact of Gasoline Price Changes on Traffic Safety: A Time Geography Explanation.” Journal of Transport Geography 28(1): 1–11. [2011 IF: 2.538; 2/24 Transportation; 7 /73 Geography]

Neaves, T. T., Cosby, A. G., Mann, S. C., Shappley, J. R., Burns, M. A., & Howlett, E.A. (2012). Executive report for the Resiliency Social Climate Survey. Mississippi State University: Social Science Research Center.

Cosby, A., Anastoos, K., Matta, M., Porter, J., & James, W.   Journal of Population Research. Public support for Hispanic deportation in the United States: The effects of ethnic prejudice and perceptions of economic competition in a period of economic distress. (2012). DOI 10.1007/s12546-012-9102-9

Robinson, P., Epperson, W., Huston, C., Willis, R., & Cosby, A. (2012). Factors influencing diagnostic sample submission by food animal veterinarians in Mississippi. Veterinaria Italiana, 48 (1), 31-39.

Strawderman, L., Salehi, A., Babski-Reves, K.,  Thornton-Neaves, T., & Cosby, A. (2012). Effectiveness of Reverse 911 Warning Systems. Natural Hazards Review, 13 (1), 65-73.

Chi, G., Zhou, X., McClure, T. E., Gilbert, P. A., Cosby, A. G., Zhang, L., Robertson, A. A., & Levinson, D. (2011). Gasoline prices and their relationship to drunk-driving crashes. Accident Analysis and Prevention 43(1): 194–203.

Cosby, A. G. & Neaves, T. T. (2011). Retaining talent in Mississippi. In B. H. Smith, P. Hoyt-Hudson and J. Fitzpatrick (Ed.). Problem Solving for Better Health: A Global Perspective, 215-220.

Chi, G., Cosby, A. G., Quddus, M. A., Gilbert, P. A., & Levinson, D. (2010). Gasoline prices and traffic safety in Mississippi. Journal of Safety Research, 41(6), 493-500.

Cosby, A. G., Jones, W. A., Jones, L. B., & Shivaji, S. (Eds.). (2010). What if we were equal: A Mississippi health assessment. A report from the Mississippi Institute for the Improvement of Geographic Minority Health at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University.

Cossman, R. E., Cossman, J. S., James, W. L., Blanchard, T., Thomas, R., Pol, L. G., & Cosby, A. G. (2010). Correlating pharmaceutical data with a national health survey as a proxy for estimating rural population health. Population Health Metrics, 8(25).

Cosby, A. G. & Green, J. J. (2010). A framework for development in the Mississippi Delta: Exploring education, income, and health in the global context. Alan W. Barton and Paulette Meikle (Eds.). The Mississippi Delta in a Global Context. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

Chi, G., Zhou, X., McClure, T. E., Gilbert, P. A., Cosby, A. G., Zhang, L., Robertson, A. A., & Levinson, D. (2010). Gasoline prices and their relationship to drunk-driving crashes.” Accident Analysis and Prevention, 43(1), 194-203.

Cossman, J. S., James, W. L., Cosby A. G., & Cossman, R. E. (2010). Underlying causes of the emerging nonmetropolitan mortality penalty. American Journal of Public Health, 100(8), 1417-1419.

Cosby, A. G. & Jones, L. (2010, March). Conventional wisdom and partial data. The New York Times and a mistaken infant mortality. Miller-McCune: Turning Research into Solutions, 3(2), 41-44.

Marshall, K. P., Micich, L., & Cosby, A. G. (2009). Health beliefs related to willingness to accept treatment of pain with potentially addictive drugs. International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing, 4(1), 9-20.

Marshall, K. P., Micich L., & Cosby, A. G. (2009). Influences of health beliefs about pain and personal experiences: Toward a social marketing model of willingness to accept treatment for pain with potentially addictive drugs. Summary Brief. 2009 Society for Marketing Advances Proceedings.

Cosby, A. G., Mirvis, D. M., James W. L., & Neaves, T. T. (2008). Cardiovascular mortality: Disparities and change. An Assessment of Cardiovascular Disease in the Mississippi Delta. Special Edition Report on Health Research for the Delta Health Alliance. Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State University.

Sansing W., Feierabend N., Cosby, A. G., Cossman J. S., & Cossman, R. E. (2008). Development of an interactive web-based system for the use in the assessment of human capital among health and other professionals in Mississippi. Special Edition Report on Health Research for the Delta Health Alliance. Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State University.

Neaves, T. T., Eriator, I., Seitz, H. H., Cosby, A. G., & McMillen, R. (2008). Socio-cultural dimensions of pain in the mid-south.” Letter to the Editor. Southern Medical Journal, 101(8), 1.

Cosby, A. G. (2008). The future of rural America. In G.A. Goreham (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Rural America. 2nd ed. New York: Grey House Publishing, 1, 417-420.

Mirvis, D., Chang, C., & Cosby, A. G. (2008). Health as an economic engine: Evidence for the importance of health in economic development. Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, 31(1), 30-57.

Cosby, A. G. & Bowser, D. A. (2008). The health of the Delta: A story of increasing disparities. Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, 31(1), 58-71.

Cosby, A. G., Neaves, T. T., Cossman, R. E., Cossman, J. S., James, W. L., Feierabend, N., Mirvis, D. M., Jones, A. C., & Farrigan, T. (2008). Preliminary evidence for an emerging non-metropolitan mortality penalty in the United States. American Journal of Public Health, 98(8), 1470-1472.

Cossman, R. E., Cossman, J. S., Cosby, A. G., & Reavis, R. (2008). Reconsidering the rural-urban continuum in rural health research: A test of stable relationships using mortality as a health measure. Population Research and Policy Review, 47(4), 459-476.

Cossman, R.E. Cossman, J. S., James, W. L., Blanchard, T., Thomas, R. K., Pol, L. G., & Cosby, A. G. (2008). Evaluating heart disease prescriptions – filled as a proxy for heart disease prevalence rates. Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, 30(4), 503-528.

Hitt H., McMillen, R., Neaves, T. T., Koch K., & Cosby, A. G. (2007). Comorbidity of obesity and pain in a general population: Results from the southern pain prevalence study.” The Journal of Pain, 8(5), 430-436.

Cossman, J. S., Cossman, R. E., James, W. L., Campbell, C. R., Blanchard, T. C., & Cosby, A. G. (2007). Persistent clusters of mortality in the U.S. American Journal of Public Health, 97(12), 2148-2150.

Cossman, J. S., Ritchie J., & Cosby, A. G. (2006). Medicaid reimbursement and access to physicians: Does lower reimbursement mean less access to care? Journal of Mississippi Medical Association, 47(11), 323-336.

Cossman, J. S., Ritchie, J. B., & Cosby, A. G. (2006). Medicaid reimbursement and access to physicians: Does lower reimbursement mean less access to care? Policy Paper. Mississippi Health Policy Research Center, Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State University.

Cossman, J. S., Ritchie, J. B., & Cosby, A. G. (2006). Driving to doctors: Access to primary care physicians. Policy Brief. Mississippi Health Policy Research Center, Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State University.

Cosby, A. G., Brown, L., Taylor, H., Neaves, T. T., Hutchins, L., McMillen, R., & James, W. L. (2006). An assessment of cardiovascular health in Mississippi: A focus on racial disparities in mortality, behavioral risk factors, and knowledge. Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State University.

McMillen, R., Gresham K., Valentine, N., Chambers, C., Frese W., & Cosby, A. G. (2005). The national social climate of tobacco control, 2000-2005. Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State University.

Cosby, A. G., Hitt, H., Neaves, T. T., McMillen, R., Koch, K., Sitzman, T., Person, E., & Parvin, S. (2005). Profiles of pain in Mississippi: Results from the southern pain prevalence study.” Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association, 46(10), 301-309.

Cosby, A. G., Neaves, T. T., Rich L., McMillen R., Matta, M., Hutchins, L., Cathcart, J., Abregu, M., & Hitt, H. (2005, July). The social and cultural dimensions of pain: An overview of the southern pain prevalence study 2004. Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State University, 1.

McMillen, R., Valentine, N., Gresham, K., Sabbatini, E., Frese, W., & Cosby, A. G. (2005). The Mississippi social climate of tobacco control, 2000-2005. Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State University.

Cossman, R. E., Cossman, J. S., James, W. L., Blanchard, T., & Cosby, A. G. (2004). Mortality rates across time: Does persistence suggest healthy and unhealthy places in the United States? In World Minds: Geographical Perspectives on 100 Problems. Janelle, D. G., Warf, B., & Hansen, K. Amsterdam: Kluwer Press (Eds.). Edited book.

McMillen, R., Breen, J., & Cosby, A. G. (2004). Rural-urban differences in the social climate surrounding environmental tobacco smoke. A Report From the 2001 Social Climate Survey of Tobacco Control. The Journal of Rural Health, 20(1), 7-16.

McMillen, R., Valentine N., Breen J., Frese W., & Cosby, A. G. (2004). The National social climate of tobacco control, 2000-2003. Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State University.

Cossman, R. E., Cossman, J. S., Jackson-Belli, R., & Cosby, A. G. (2003). Mapping high or low mortality places across time in the United States: A research note on a health visualization and analysis project. Health & Place, 9(4), 361-369.

Cossman, R. E., Blanchard, T., James, W. L., Jackson-Belli, R., & Cosby, A. G. (2002). Healthy and unhealthy places in America: Are these really spatial clusters? Proceedings of the 22nd Annual ESRI International User Conference. Published as a CD and available on-line at http://gis.esri.com/library/userconf/proc02/abstracts/a1064.html.

 

Recent Grants

2013 – “Public Safety Data Laboratory, Year 5.” Co-Principal Investigator. Funding Agency:  Mississippi Office of Highway Safety. $194,557.00

2013 – “Social Media Tracking and Analysis System, Year 1.” Principal Investigator. Funding Agency: Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. $140,000.00

2013 – “Delta Fellow (Ms. Desta Reff).  Funding Agency: The Harvard School of Law and the Winokur  Family Foundation.”  $67,390.00

2013 – “The Delta Postdoctoral Fellow (Dr. Maya McDoom).  Funding Agency: The Harvard

School of Public Health and the Winokur Family Foundation. $100,000.00

2011 – “Public Safety Data Laboratory.” Principal Investigator. Funding Agency: Mississippi Office of Highway Safety.

2010“Public Safety Data Laboratory.” Principal Investigator. Funding Agency: Mississippi Office of Highway Safety.

2010 “Creating Access through Mississippi Delta Health System Improvements.” Principal Investigator. Funding Agency: Delta health Alliance, HRSA.

2009 – “Public Safety Data Laboratory.” Principal Investigator. Funding Agency: Office of Highway Safety.

2009 – “The Resiliency Social Climate Survey”. Co-Principal Investigator. Funding Agency: MS Department of Marine Resources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

2008 – “Public Safety Data Laboratory”. Principal Investigator. Funding Agency: MS Division of Public Safety Planning, Office of Highway Safety.

2008 – “The National Highway Watch Analysis and Improvement Program”. Principal Investigator. Funding Agency: American Trucking Association, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

2008 – “Survey Data Collection on the San Diego City and County Wildfire Warning and Evacuation.” Principal Investigator. Funding Agency: Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

2006 – “Mississippi Institute for the Improvement of Geographic Minority Health and Health Disparities–Evaluation Component.” Principal Investigator. Funding Agency: University of Mississippi Medical Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

2006 – “An Assessment of Cardiovascular Disease in the Mississippi Delta.” Position: Principal Investigator. Funding Agency: Delta Health Alliance, Health Resources and Services Administration.

2006 – “Health Services Research Project.” Position: Co-PI with C. Baird-Thomas. Funding Agency: Delta Health Alliance, Health Resources and Services Administration.

2005 – “Programmi Per L’Incentivasione Del Processo Di Internazionalizzazione Del Sistema Universitario.” Position: Mississippi State University Coordinator. Coordinatore Del Progetto: Francesco Coniglione. Funding Agency: Ministero dell Istruzione, dell Universita’e della Ricera, Italy.

2005 – “Racial Disparities in Cardiovascular Health: A Mississippi Population Survey.” Position: Principal Investigator. Funding Agency: Mississippi State Department of Health.

2004 – “A Comprehensive Threat Management Framework for a Crop Biosecurity National Architecture.” Position: Co-Principal Investigator. Funding Agency: GeoResources Institute, Mississippi State University and National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security.

2004 – “Drugs, Diagnosis and Death: A Test of Pharmaceutical Data Validity in Estimating Rural Population Health.” Position: Co-Principal Investigator. Funding Agency: Office of Rural Health Policy, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

2004 – “The Southern Pain Prevalence Study: The Social and Cultural Dimensions of Pain and Pain Management” Position: Principal Investigator. Funding Agency: American Cancer Society.

2002 – “The Mississippi Health Policy Research Center.” Position: Director. Funding Agency: The Bower Foundation.

2002 – “The Atlas of American Children.” Position: Principal Investigator. Funding Agencies: The Phil Hardin Foundation and The Bower Foundation.

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