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Virginia Adams O'Connell

Associate Professor of Sociology

  • B.A., Haverford College
  • M.A. & Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Email: voconne1@moravian.edu
Phone: 610-625-7756
Office: PPHAC, Room 315

Areas of Research and/or Expertise:

Medical sociology (with a concentration on the profession of medicine, medical education, and bioethics), Research Methods (focusing on the dialogue between quantitative and qualitative methodologies), Survey Development, Research Ethics, the Sociology of Law, and Demography. Dr. Adams O’Connell has served on the American Sociological Association (ASA) Ethics Committee and currently serves on the ASA Sociology of Law Undergraduate Paper Committee. She also serves on the Greenville Hospital System’s (Greenville, South Carolina) MedEx Academy Development Committee. She is the author of the book Getting Cut: Failing to Survive Surgical Residency Training (University Press of America), and has also authored several book chapters, articles in peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations. Current projects include a multi-institutional study of the training and practice expectations of premedical students, and a study on the unmet medical needs of the clientele of an urban food bank.

Recent Activities of Note:


  • Virginia Adams O'Connell, assistant professor of sociology, recently presented a paper titled "Measuring Trustworthiness" at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, held in Boston, Mass., March 18-21. Sociology students Paige Warbrick '10 and Justin Serfass '10 also presented their work at the conference during the undergraduate poster session. Ms. Warbrick's poster was titled "Human Rights as Applied to All Humans: a Theoretical Framework and Argument for the Rights of Women." Mr. Serfass presented "Poverty: a Social Crisis."
  • Virginia Adams O'Connell, assistant professor of sociology, participated in a panel discussion on health care reform, held October 22 at LaSalle College. "Debunking the Myths of Health Care Reform: Three Experts Look at the Issues" also featured Betsy Seeber, president, Philadelphia Chapter of the Health Financial Management Association, and Jenna Mehnert, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers for Pennsylvania.