Latest updates:
  • Current Events (06/24/20): In light of the recent immigration ban, including the J-1 visa that many immigrant doctors use to practice in the USA, my colleague Victor R. Thompson (Sociology, Rider University), author of "Thinking about Crime", pointed out the relevance of my 2016 article, "Support for Immigration Reduction and Physician Distrust in the United States." The article examines the links between physician distrust, distrust in science, social distrust, and anti-immigrant attitudes. Thank you Dr. Thompson for bringing this to my attention.
  • Current Events (re-post) (04/14/20): As our nation grapples with a pandemic deeply shaped by social inequalities, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation guest article I wrote in 2016 identified some of the structural mechanisms leading to the health inequities that are now more tragically exposed. Labor market and occupational discrimination have channeled minorities into high risk essential occupations, while residential discrimination and segregation have concentrated many minorities in urban neighborhoods where viral transmission is all but guaranteed.
  • New project (03/25/19): Co-authoring two new papers examining ethno-racial attitudes and relations in Los Angeles with Lawrence D. Bobo (Dean of Social Science and W. E. B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University) and Abel Valenzuela (Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Immigration Policy and Director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UCLA).
  • Current Events (re-post) (03/24/19): As yet another race-related fraternity incident has taken place, I am re-posting a completed manuscript that identifies a temporal association between fraternity membership and increasingly negative attitudes towards blacks. Data come from the National Longitudinal Study of Freshmen collected by Penn sociologist Camille Charles and Princeton sociologist Doug Massey.
  • Media mention (12/11/18): My latest research on multiculturalism and psychiatric illness was featured in Pacific Standard.
  • New publication (12/06/18): In light of recent anti-diversity incidents (e.g. rants captured on social media and out-group violence), my latest publication empirically supports the notion that psychiatric illness may indeed be present among some who disagree with multiculturalism. This research identifying an association between psychological distress and disagreement with multiculturalism was published in the open access, peer-reviewed journal, PLOS One. The preprint version can be downloaded here.
  • New publication (06/12/18): Our article on social networks and psychiatric illness, written with my co-author Janet Chang (Psychology, West Chester University), was published in the peer-reviewed journal, Asian American Journal of Psychology.
  • New publication (06/07/18): Our review of the mental health and health care disparities literature, co-authored with Harvard Med professor Ben Cook's team at the Health Equity Research Lab, was published in the peer-reviewed journal, Medical Care Research and Review.
  • New paper (05/04/18): My manuscript using panel data to examine intergroup contact and job satisfaction was just completed for the Working Paper Series at the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. The main finding is displayed in Figure 1.
  • A clinician-based intervention (10/26/17): After workshopping an idea with Harvard Med faculty Ben Cook and Nick Carson at the Health Equity Research Lab, we are currently circulating a brief, easy, costless clinician intervention that leverages social networks to try and improve health behaviors and outcomes. Also posted on LinkedIn.
  • Field Scan (08/24/17): Our field scan on "The Intersection of the Criminal Justice, Education, and Mental Healthcare Systems and Its Influence on Boys and Young Men of Color," written with my co-authors Ben Cook, James Barrett, and Sherry Hou at Harvard Medical School and the Health Equity Research Lab, was released by Equal Measure and RISE for Boys and Men of Color.
Frank L. Samson is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) at UCLA. His research areas include race and ethnic relations, social inequalities, and social, political, and health psychology. He received his interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science in Cybernetics (Life and Behavioral Sciences concentrations) from UCLA, with additional specializations in Education and Business Administration, a Master of Theological Studies degree (area focus: ethics and society) from Harvard University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University. He is a former fellow of the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Public Policy Institute of California, and Stanford University’s Research Institute for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and a former affiliate of the Hiphop Archive at Stanford University (now housed at Harvard University). Currently, he is a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Connections network and has consulted for the Health Equity Research Lab (Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School).

Dr. Samson's research has been published in a number of scientific journal outlets including the American Behavioral Scientist, Annual Review of SociologyAsian American Journal of Psychology, Comparative Education Review, Du Bois Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration StudiesMedical Care Research and Review, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Sage Open Medicine, and Social Science & Medicine.