Jennifer Anne Reich is an American sociologist, researcher and award-winning author at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research interests include healthcare, adolescence, welfare, and policy. Her work on vaccine hesitancy gained widespread attention during the 2019 measles outbreaks. She is the author of three books and numerous journal articles.
|Known for||Research on vaccine hesitancy|
|Education||Ph.D in Sociology|
|Alma mater||University of California, San Francisco|
|Sub-discipline||Welfare and Policy, Healthcare Issues, Childhood and Adolescence|
|Institutions||University of Colorado Denver|
|Notable works||Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines|
Reich attended Calabasas High School and subsequently earned her B.A. at the University of California, Santa Barbara and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis. She has been a tenured professor at the University of Denver, where she was a faculty member for ten years and is currently a tenured and full professor at the University of Colorado Denver.
Reich spent nearly ten years exploring what motivates some parents to decline inoculations for their children, or delay them. Her interviews with parents and subsequent research are presented in her 2016 book Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines. She sees vaccine hesitancy as a consequence of societal pressures on parents (especially middle-class mothers) to make choices that are uniquely suited to their own children in terms of health and education, to maximize their chances of success in life: "We do vaccines in a way that has been shown to be scientifically the most efficacious and the safest and also the easiest to distribute at a national level. But for parents who really prioritize each child in their family as an individual, they don't accept this kind of logic." Working full-time on their kids, these parents are inclined to disregard generic advice dispensed by health professionals.
Facing a steady stream of misleading information, pediatricians and public health professionals have to know what motivates parents to be reluctant about vaccines, and to adjust how they communicate, says Reich. She suggests pediatricians have more success having a fruitful dialogue when they can communicate with empathy, parent-to-parent. How to put the focus on collective benefits - explaining own inoculation better protects all children - may be a way for public health authorities to overcome the reluctance of many parents.
|2016||Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines||
|2014||Reproduction and Society: Interdisciplinary Readings||With Carole Joffe.|
|2005||Fixing Families: Parents, Power, and the Child Welfare System|
Selected journal articlesEdit
- Siry, Bonnie; Matlock, Daniel; Reich, Jennifer; Daugherty, Stacie; Havranek, Edward; Perman, Sarah (January 2019). "830: Surrogate Decision-maker's perceptions of engaging in research while grieving". Critical Care Medicine. 47: 394+. doi:10.1097/01.ccm.0000551579.37278.8a – via ResearchGate.
- Reich, Jennifer (2019). "Tracing Autism: Uncertainty, Ambiguity, and the Affective Labor of Neuroscience". Contemporary Sociology. 48: 59–60. doi:10.1177/0094306118815500o – via ResearchGate.
- Reich, Jennifer (October 2018). ""We are fierce, independent thinkers and intelligent": Social capital and stigma management among mothers who refuse vaccines". Social Science & Medicine. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.10.027. PMID 30442504 – via ResearchGate.
- Reich, Jennifer (January 2018). ""I Have to Write a Statement of Moral Conviction. Can Anyone Help?": Parents' Strategies for Managing Compulsory Vaccination Laws". Sociological Perspectives. 61 (2): 222–239. doi:10.1177/0731121418755113 – via ResearchGate.
- Reich, Jennifer (March 2016). "Neoliberal Parenting, Future Sexual Citizens, and Vaccines Against Sexual Risk". Sexuality Research and Social Policy: Journal of NSRC. 13 (4): 103–110. doi:10.1007/s13178-016-0227-z – via ResearchGate.
- Reich, Jennifer (2008). "Not Ready to Fill His Father's Shoes: A Masculinist Discourse of Abortion". Men and Masculinities. 11: 3–21. doi:10.1177/1097184X06291914 – via ResearchGate.
- Reich, Jennifer (Fall 2003). "Pregnant with Possibility: Reflections on Embodiment, Access, and Inclusion in Field Research" (PDF). Qualitative Sociology. 26 (3): 351–367. doi:10.1023/A:1024018326659 – via ResearchGate.
Reich lives in Denver, Colorado with three children and her husband Dave Scudamore.
- "CCIC January Coalition Meeting: Individualist Parenting and Vaccine Refusal - Understanding Percepti". www.childrensimmunization.org. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
- "Archives | University of Denver". www.du.edu. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
- "Jennifer Reich". Sociology. 2017-10-06. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
- "ASA - Leaders". American Sociological Association. 2009-05-23. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
- Reich, Jennifer (June 13, 2019). "I've talked to dozens of parents about why they don't vaccinate. Here's what they told me". Vox. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
- Greene, David (April 29, 2019). "Why Aren't Parents Getting Their Children Vaccinated?". NPR. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
- Lubrano, Alfred (April 21, 2019). "Anti-vaxxers 'educated just well enough to make terrible decisions for their children'". The Spectator. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
- Beinart, Peter (August 2019). "What the Measles Epidemic Really Says About America". The Atlantic. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
- Dastagir, Alia (March 8, 2019). "Facts alone don't sway anti-vaxxers. So what does?". USA Today. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
- Gander, Kashmira (March 21, 2019). "Anti-vaxxers are anti-vaxxers for one of these four reasons". Newsweek. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
- Reich, Jennifer (2016). Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines. ASIN 147981279X.
- "Medical Sociology Section Past Award Recipients". American Sociological Association. 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
- "PSA Awards | The Pacific Sociological Association". Retrieved 2019-04-18.
- "Section Awards". American Sociological Association. 2016-08-25. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
- "Jennifer A. Reich" (PDF).
- Joffe, Carole; Reich, Jennifer (2015). Reproduction and Society: Interdisciplinary Readings (Perspectives on Gender). ISBN 0415731038.
- Reich, Jennifer (September 1, 2005). Fixing Families: Parents, Power, and the Child Welfare System. ISBN 0415947278.
- "Awards". NYUpress. Retrieved July 8, 2019.