I am a Sociology PhD candidate at Indiana University, where I have also obtained an MS in Applied Statistics. My research interests include medical sociology and social network analysis, with an emphasis on culture, mental health, network dynamics, and suicide. I serve as coordinator for the IU Workshop in Network Science (WINS), and I am the 2016-2017 student representative for the American Sociological Association's Section on Mental Health.

In my dissertation I apply social network analysis and life course theory to examine the co-evolution of social relationships and cognitive disorders. I address not only how health problems provoke cascading change in social networks, but also the capacity of networks to moderate cognitive decline. A second line of research examines how the network structure and composition of healthcare provider teams shape longitudinal treatment experiences. My work has been published or is forthcoming in Journal of Health and Social BehaviorAdvances in Medical Sociology, Network Science, and public health journals. 

Refereed Publications

McConnell, William R., and Brea Perry. 2016. “The Revolving Door: Patient Needsand Network Turnover during Mental Health Treatment”, in Brea L. Perry (ed.), 50 Years after Deinstitutionalization: Mental Illness in Contemporary Communities (Advances in Medical Sociology, 17), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 119-145.


Maupome, Gerardo, William R. McConnell, and Brea Perry. 2016. “Dental Problems and Familismo: Social Network Discussion of OralHealth Issues among Adults of Mexican Origin Living in the United States.Community Dental Health, 33, 303-308.


Maupome, Gerardo, William R. McConnell, Brea Perry, R. Mariño, and Eric R. Wright. 2016. “Psychological and BehavioralAcculturation in a Social Network of Mexican-Americans in the United States,and their Use of Dental Services.Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 44, 540-548.


An, Weihua, and William R. McConnell. 2015. “The Origins of Asymmetric Ties in Friendship Networks: From Status Differential to Self-perceived Centrality.” Network Science, 3(2), 269-92.


Resh, William, Saba Siddiki, and William R. McConnell. 2014. “Does the Network Centrality ofGovernment Actors Matter? Examining the Role of Government Organizations inAquaculture Partnerships.” Review of Policy Research, 31(6), 584-609.