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Medical Sociology on Wheels was created by Heather Sue M. Rosen in 2020 as a space for featuring artwork, essays and commentary on experiences with disability and chronic illness, COVID-19 safety resources and campaigns, sociological research, and open access educational resources on sociology, data science, and quantitative research methods for students, educators, and the public.

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@medsocionwheels New #RStats #DataViz #tutorial up on the website! This tutorial uses #tidyverse with #quanteda and #ggplot2 to explore #tweets about #covid without a topic model. #LinkInBio ! Song choice is unrelated—heard it at PT this morning and it’s been stuck in my head all day 😅🎶 #WilsonPhillips #Bridesmaids ♬ Hold On – Single Edit – Wilson Phillips

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About the founder of
Medical Sociology on Wheels,
Heather Sue M. Rosen

Medical Sociologist

Health beliefs about risk, behavior, and mitigation

Clinical and online interactions between healthcare professionals and disability/chronic illness communities

Experiential medical expertise within the disabled and chronically ill community

Medical social control, “deviant” behavior, and “compliance”

Drug and alcohol use when disabled and chronically ill

Quantitative Methodologist

Social media data collection methods

Network Analysis

Multilevel Modeling

Topic Modeling

Time Series

Software and Developer Tools

R, RStudio, Quarto publishing, Tidy methods



CSS, html, javascript

Data Crawling/Scraping and API Access

Disability Rights Activist and Advocate – Chronically ill, Disabled, and AuDHD

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

ADA Accommodations – High School Students, University Students (Undergraduate, MA, PhD social science/humanities), University Staff, University Faculty

#IMaskBecause Campaign to Reduce COVID-19 Transmission

Navigating Adult and Pediatric (Teen) Healthcare with Complex Chronic Illness


Digital Art

Oil/Oil Pastel on Canvas

Sketching, pencil


Writing Intensive Pedagogy

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Online Coding Tutorials in R

Hybrid and Flex Course Structure

Medical Sociology for Students in Pre-Professional and Professional Medical, DO, Nursing, Dental, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy Programs

Accommodations – Going above, beyond, and around the ADA requirements

Accommodations – Accommodating students without ADA paperwork on file (disability and/or other life circumstances)

Medical Sociology for Health Practitioners

Medical Sociology for Medical School Faculty

Critical Realist and Crip-Crit Frameworks for Medical Sociology and the Sociology of Alcohol and Drug Use

Medical Sociology Theories of Health Beliefs, Behavior, and Risk

Non-credentialed expert research and writing related to medical sociology, disability, and chronic illness

Navigating Academic Ableism in the Social Sciences

DuBoisian Sociology

Heather Sue is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Georgia graduating in May 2023.

Her dissertation, titled, “What do the People Say? Tweeting as a tool for establishing the social facts of risk during COVID-19,” is part of a larger ongoing research project aimed at establishing a comprehensive overview of the “social facts” of COVID-19 risk and mitigation that accounts for change over time. Her prior research has assessed the robustness of the DSM diagnostic protocol for Major Depressive Episode (MDE) for people diagnosed with arthritis, and separately, the applicability to the Labeling Theory of Social Interaction and Identity to explain differences in how existing literature discusses opioid use by disabled versus non-disabled patients.

Heather Sue earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Auburn University in 2011, with minors in History and French. She received her Master’s degree in Sociology at the University of Georgia in 2018. After graduation, she plans to leave higher education to continue her research on COVID-19 risk/mitigation as an independent scientist to devote more time to disability rights activism.

Active Projects:

Research-based Publications
– “What do the People Say? Tweeting as a tool for establishing the social facts of risk during COVID-19”
-“The Seeded Structural Topic Model”
-“Emotion and Covid-19 Risk Mitigation”
-“Combatting popular misconceptions about covid-19 risk and prevention”

Covid-19 Prevention/Eradication Efforts
– WHN Mask Selfie Project

headshot of me, a white woman with red hair and glasses, from 2021
Heather Sue M. Rosen
Selfie of me, a red-headed white woman, in my office, wearing an N95 respirator, gold wire rimmed glasses, gold necklace, and olive green turtleneck
Heather Sue M. Rosen

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