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Ph.D. North Carolina State University, Sociology
Dissertation: Supervisors as Aids and Obstacles to Upward Mobility in the Health Care Sector
M.S. North Carolina State University, Sociology
Thesis: Organizational Inequality in Job Promotions
B.A. Augusta State University, Sociology
Specializations: Aging and Health Disparities, Work and Organizations, Race and Gender, and Stratification Research
Kendra Jason’s Masters thesis explored the distribution of promotion opportunities between jobs in a general sample of organizations. Her dissertation project examined supervisors’ influences on low-wage workers’ mobility prospects in the healthcare sector. From 2008-2012, Dr. Jason worked at the UNC Chapel Hill Institute on Aging where her research focused on workforce development for low-wage workers by analyzing factors affecting quality of care, patient satisfaction, and better patient outcomes through skill development. She is currently extending her workforce development research by examining workforce transitions for older workers with multiple chronic health conditions.
External Funding: National Institute on Aging
Dr. Jason has been awarded the Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (PA-16-288) associated with the parent grant, “Convoys of Care: Developing Collaborative Care Partnership in Assisted Living” (1R01AG044368-01A1 PI: Candace L. Kemp) funded by the National Institute of Aging (NIA). Dr. Jason’s proposed work addresses critical knowledge gaps in long-term care research. She is focused on improving health and care delivery by examining the social conditions influencing care networks that may affect residents’ quality of life and ability to age in place in assisted living. The funding will be awarded through April 2018.
Jason, Kendra, Dawn Carr, Tiffany Washington, Tandrea Hilliard, and Chivon Mingo. 2017. “Multiple Chronic Conditions, Resilience, and Workforce Transitions in Later Life: A Socio-Ecological Model.” The Gerontologist 57 (2): 269–281.
Kelly, Christopher, Jennifer Craft Morgan, and Kendra Jason. 2017. “Training Requirements for Home Care Workers: A Content Analysis of State Laws. In SAGE Research Methods Cases. London, UK: SAGE. doi:10.4135/9781526410597.
Jason, Kendra and Sarah Nell Epplen. 2016. Interrogating Ourselves in a Racialized World: Using Personal Experience to Improve Students’ Understanding of Racism. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2(4): 584–590.
Kelly, Christopher, Jennifer Craft Morgan, and Kendra Jason. 2013. “Home Care Workers: Interstate Differences in Training Requirements and their Implications for Care.” Journal of Applied Gerontology 32 (7): 804-832.
Rusche, Sarah Nell and Kendra Jason. 2011. “You Have to Absorb Yourself in It: Using Inquiry and Reflection to Promote Student Learning and Self-Knowledge.” Teaching Sociology 38:4 338-353.
Chuang, Emmeline, Kendra Jason, and Jennifer Craft Morgan. 2011. “Implementing Complex Innovations: Factors Influencing Middle Manager Support.” Healthcare Management Review 36:4 369-379.