University of Calgary

Alex Bierman

  • Associate Professor

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Recent Grants

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 2018-2020.  The Complexity of the Caregiving Outcomes: Understanding the Role of Social Statuses and Social Resourcesand Resources.  $65,410.  (Co-Investigator with Yeonjung Lee, P.I.).

Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2014-2019.  Demands and Resources in Work and Family Life: Waves 3-5.  $856,175.  (Co-Investigator with Scott Schieman, P.I.).

Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2010-2014.  Demands and Resources in Work and Family Life and their Implications for Stress and Health among Canadians.  $800,000.  (Co-Investigator with Scott Schieman, P.I.).

University Research Grants Committee Starter Grant, University of Calgary, 2010-2012.  Aging and Health: A Cross-National Perspective.  $18,000.  (Alex Bierman, P.I.).


Dr. Bierman is a sociologist of mental health whose research focuses on the way that social inequality influences both exposure to stress and the consequences of stress for well-being.  He also has a strong interest in aging and the life course, and often examines the stress process among older adults.  This research typically involves applying advanced methods of longitudinal data analysis to large population surveys, thereby providing a rigorous understanding of the causes and consequences of stress exposure among older adults.  

One major theme in this work is the consequences of discrimination for well-being in late life.  Using several national longitudinal studies, Dr. Bierman has examined how experiences of discrimination can affect a variety of aspects of well-being, from mental health to sleep quality.  A second theme in this research is the study of how contextual dimensions of inequality--such as neighborhood characteristics or national economic development--influence individual well-being in older adults.  For example, a recent paper in a special issue of The Gerontologist on "Aging in Context" shows that disordered neighborhoods tend to lead to sleep problems in older adults, but seniors with low levels of subjective social status are especially at risk for these deleterious consequences.  A third theme shifts to much earlier in the life course, and takes into consideration the increasing prevalence of pornography consumption in young adults.  In this research, Dr. Bierman has examined predictors of pornography consumption in adolescents and emerging adults, as well as the potential consequences of pornography consumption for young adults' well-being.  Dr. Bierman also has an interest in examining how religious involvement is associated with well-being across the life course.  He has published several papers on this topic and has also served as deputy editor of the journal Sociology of Religion.  In addition, Dr. Bierman's focus on stress and mental health has lead him to examine a vulnerable but under-studied population--civilians who work with the military in war zones.  In this line of research, he has examined whether and how civilians are exposed to a variety of war-related stressors, as well as the resources that aid in coping with these stressors.

For a complete list of Dr. Bierman's publications, please download his CV, which can be found on the right side of this web page.

Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD - Sociology
    Maryland University, 2007
  • MA - Sociology
    Maryland University, 2002
  • BS - Religious Studies (with honors) and Psychology
    University of Oregon, 1997
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