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Danielle C. Rhubart
Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Demography
Summary Statement

Dr. Rhubart is a rural sociologist and demographer with expertise in rural population health, spatial inequality, and the structural and social determinants of health. 

  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
  • Rural Health Disparities Lab
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  • The Pennsylvania State University, Dual Ph.D. in Rural Sociology and Demography

Faculty Affiliate, Rural Sociology Cluster, Penn State

Research Associate, Population Research Institute, Penn State

Faculty Affiliate, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, Syracuse University

Additional Information

Recent Publications: 

Rhubart, D., Kowalkowski, J., Wincott, L.* (2023) The Built Environment and Social and Emotional Support among Rural Older Adults: The Case for Social Infrastructure and Attention to Ethnoracial Differences. Rural Sociology,

Zhang, X., Brown, A., Rhubart, D. (2023). Loneliness and Mental Distress Among Working-Age Adults in the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Moderating Role of Psychological Resilience and Perceived Social Support. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

Rhubart, D., Chen, Q., Sterner, G., Newton, R., Shaw, B., Scanlon, D. (2022). Conceptualizing and Measuring Abatement from the Opioid Epidemic: A Case Study from Pennsylvania. Milbank Quarterly. 100(3):1128. 10.1111/1468-0009.12589

Sun, Y., Rhubart, D. (2022). Rural-Urban Differences in the Association between Aging & Disability Services and COVID-19 Vaccination Rates among Older Adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology. 10.1177/07334648221119457

Rhubart, D. Kowalkowski, J. (2022). Perceived Mental Health Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Roles of Social Support and Social Engagement for Working Age Adults. Preventive Medicine, 107171. 10.1016/j.ypmed.2022.107171

Rhubart, D., Sun, Y., Pendergrast, C., Monnat, S. (2022). Socio-spatial Disparities in “Third Place” Availability in the United States. Socius.

Rhubart, D., Monnat, S. (2022). Self-Rated Physical Health among Working-Aged Adults Along the Rural-Urban Continuum – United States, 2021. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 71(5):161-166. DOI:

Pendergrast, C., Rhubart, D. (2022). Socio-Spatial Disparities in County-Level Availability of Aging and Disability Services Organizations. Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 37(1): 3. Available at: