Denise M. Reiling

Associate Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminology
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Denise M. Reiling is interested in promoting the well-being (both mental and physical) of Old Older Amish people by assisting health-care providers in achieving cultural competence. Reiling does so through seminars as the invited guest of health-care systems, and will soon offer online courses through Continuing Education at Eastern Michigan University. She has also participated in Amish women’s health fairs, which have been hosted on the grounds of an Amish home, sponsored by a major medical system.

1991    B. A. in Sociology, Indiana-Purdue University, at Fort Wayne

2000    Ph.D. in Sociology, Michigan State University             
            Dissertation: An Exploration of the Relationship Between Amish Identity             and Depression Among the Old Order Amish, 2000,
            UMI Number 9985454.

Old Order Amish Mental Health; Old Order Amish Health Help-Seeking; Old Order Amish Youth; Health-Care Provider Cultural Competence; Medical Sociology, Sociology of Mental Disorder, Social Psychology, Qualitative Methods

Reiling, Denise M. 2000. An Exploration of the Relationship Between Amish Identity and Depression Among the Old Order Amish, UMI Number 9985454.

Reiling, Denise M., and Nusbaumer, Michael R. 1997. “The Amish Drug Task Force: A Natural History Approach to the Construction of a Social Problem.” Journal of Multicultural Nursing and Health. Vol. 3. No. 1. Pp. 25-39. REPRINTED Fall 2002 in Journal of Multicultural Nursing and Health, Special Edition. Vol. 8. No. 3.

Reiling, Denise M. 2002. “The Simmie Side of Life: Old Order Amish Youths’ Affective Response to Culturally Prescribed Deviance.” Youth & Society. Vol. 34. No. 2. Pp. 146-171.

Reiling, Denise M. 2002. “Boundary Maintenance as a Barrier to Mental Health   Help-seeking for Depression Among the Old Order Amish.” Journal of Rural Health. Vol. 18. No. 3. Pp. 428-435.

Reiling, Denise M. 2002. “Managing the Marginalized Man: Fieldwork, Boundaries, and Ethics of Involvement.” Journal of Multicultural Nursing & Health. Vol. 8. No. 3. Pp. 126-137.

North Central Sociological Association, “Depression as Pantomime: Culture as a Barrier to Social Support among the Old Order Amish,” April 2001.

Michigan Sociological Association, “Doing Applied Work in a Traditional Community,” November 2001.

North Central Sociological Association, “Watching You Watching Me: The Old Order Amish Response to Media Attention,” April 2005.

American Sociological Association, “The Globalizing Influence of the Internet on Health, Well-Being, and Culture of the Old Order Amish: The Case of Amish Herbalists and Distance Learning, August 2006.

University of Michigan, Continuing Education in Nursing Series, “Providing Culturally Competent Health Care to Boundary-Conscious Groups: Negotiating Boundary Maintenance among the Old Order Amish, January 22, 2007.

Midwest Sociological Association, “Aging Old Order Amish Women’s Perception of Body Size and its Reflection on Their Daughters and Granddaughters,” April 2007.

Spectrum Health Center, Cultural Competence Division, “Providing Culturally Competent Health Care to Boundary-Conscious Groups: Negotiating Boundary Maintenance among the Old Order Amish, May 2008.

North Central Sociological Association, “Can the Apple Fall Far Enough From the Tree?: The Impact of Methamphetamine Use on the Old Order Amish Family,” April 2009.

National Institute of Mental Health Mentoring Program, served as an R25 Fellow, November 2000 through July 2003.

Graduate Studies and Research Support Fund Award, Eastern Michigan University, May 2001, “Testing of a Mental Health Locus of Control Scale for Depression.”

Josephine Nevins Keal Development Fund Fellowship, 2002-2003, “A Comparison Study of the Influence of Media and Education on Body Image and Dieting Among College and Old Order Amish Women.”

Eastern Michigan University Sabbatical Leave, Fall 2005, “The Negotiation of Boundary Maintenance: The Use of Culturally-Prohibited Secular Treatments for Mental Illness Among the Older Order Amish.”

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