Latrica E. Best, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Dr. Best is an associate professor of sociology and has, as her areas of expertise, race and gender differences in population health across the life course.  Her recent work explores the impact of psychosocial factors in late-life chronic disease experience in both the United States and in Ghana. She also conducts research examining possible methodological issues in studying biological markers in social science surveys. 

Dr. Best received a BA in biology and sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and both an MA and PhD in sociology and demography, with a minor in gerontology, from The Pennsylvania State University.  Prior to her arrival in Louisville, Dr. Best was a National Institute on Aging Postdoctoral Fellow at the Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California’s Davis School of Gerontology.  She teaches courses in The Black Family, Social Contexts of Aging, and Research Methods.

Aging and the Life Course
Global & Population Health
Medical Sociology
Race/Ethnic & Gender Inequality
Research & Quantitative Methods

Teaching Areas
SOC 350 Population & Society
SOC 410 Sociology of Aging

SOC 464 Race and Ethnicity
SOC 609 Statistics I