Debra Street

Professor and Chair

Assistant Professor Debra StreetEducation: PhD (1996), Florida State University

Research Interests: Health and income security; long-term care; families, aging and the life course; comparative public policies/welfare state; social dynamics of interdisciplinary research; mixed-methods research design





Debra Street, Professor of Sociology, chairs the UB Department of Sociology.  She is the recipient of the 2011 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 2013-14 UB Gender Institute Janice L. Moritz Distinguished Lecture Award. She conducts research on issues associated with health and income security over the life course. For additional information on the UB Semester in London program, contact her directly ( or contact the UB Study Abroad office for further details.

Undergraduate instruction:

SOC 497                 Sociology Honors

SOC 496                 Sociology Internship

SOC 493                 Political Sociology

SOC 477                 Sociology of Social Policy

SOC 467                 Sociology of Health Care

SOC 358                 Sociology of Food

SOC 322                 Medical Sociology

SOC 304                 Sociology of Aging

SOC 293                 Social Science Research Methods
SOC 206                 Social Problems
SOC 101                 Introduction to Sociology

Graduate instruction:

SOC 606                 Graduate Research Methods

SOC 582                 ST: Mid-life & Later Adulthood: Canadian & American Experiences
SOC 582                 ST: Health, Life Course, and Public Policy

SOC 555                 Sociology of Aging: Theory and Research
SOC 542                 Social Organization of Health Care
SOC 541                 Sociology of Health and Illness


Debra Street teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at UB’s North Campus in Amherst, in the UB sociology degree program in Singapore, and directs the unique spring semester-long study abroad UB Semester in London. Her published research focuses on health and retirement policies; the health care workforce; long-term residential care; and the impact of planning, public programs and tax policies on health and income security.  Street collaborates with other social scientists on several research initiatives. The Mississippi Physician Workforce Study (MSMD 2013, with Jeralynn Cossman, MSU) is in its third wave of survey data collection, focusing on change over time in health workforce issues, (recruitment and retention, experiences of minority and rural physicians, and physician attitudes towards health care reform) in the Nation's poorest state. With Debbie Price (King’s College), Street and UB PhD students have launched the Behind Closed Doors project, investigating cross-cultural patterns in individuals’ planning for later life in the UK, US, Japan and Singapore.  A new project, exploring weather-related vulnerabilities of community-dwelling elderly individuals in four season climates (with Daniel Hess, Bob Wagmiller and Beverly McLean, UB) is in the proposal writing stage. Debra Street’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute on Aging, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Debra Street is an honorary member of Golden Key, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow (2011-2013) at King’s College, London.


Email: dastreet [at] buffalo [dot] edu

Curriculum Vitae