Dr. Rupa Jose


Dr. Rupa Jose is a behavioral scientist trained in trauma and psychopathology and the ecological factors related to both, with an emphasis on vulnerable populations such as adolescents, disaster-exposed persons, and victims of gender-based violence. In particular, her research focuses on how social networks and neighborhoods bear on individual and societal well-being. She uses advanced statistical methods to explore these issues including multivariate linear/logistic regressions, multi-level models, structural equation models, stochastic actor based (SAB) models, and geographic information systems (GIS).

She received her Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Jose has also served as a rape and sexual assault advocate and intern with the Foundation of Sustainable Development and Indo-Global Social Service Society in Udaipur, India.

Select Publications:
Jose, R., Holman, E. A., & Silver, R. C. (in press). The importance of the neighborhood in the 2014 Ebola outbreak in the United States: Distress, worry, and functioning. Health Psychology.

Jose, R., & Hipp, J. R. (in press). Mental illness as an ecological factor of neighborhood crime. Journal of Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society.

Jose, R., Hipp, J. R., Wang, C., Butts, C. T., & Lakon, C. M. (2016). Network structure, influence, selection and delinquent behavior: Unpacking a dynamic process. Journal of Criminal Justice and Behavior, 43(2), 264-284. doi: 10.1177/0093854815605524.

Jose, R., & Novaco, R. W. (2016). Intimate partner violence victims seeking a temporary restraining order: Social support and resilience attenuating psychological distress. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31(20), 3352-3376. doi: 10.1177/0886260515584352.

Lakon, C. M., Hipp, J. R., Wang, C., Butts, C. T., & Jose, R. (2015). Simulating dynamic network models and adolescent smoking: The impact of varying peer influence and selection in school based social network systems. American Journal of Public Health, 105(12), 2438-2448. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302789

Hipp, J. R., Wang, C., Butts, C. T., Jose, R., & Lakon, C. M. (2015). Research note: The consequences of different methods for handling missing network data in stochastic actor based models.  Social Networks, 41, 56-71. doi: 10.1016/j.socnet.2014.12.004