Liz Chiarello is an assistant professor of sociology at Saint Louis University where she conducts research at the intersections of medical sociology, socio-legal scholarship, and organizational theory. She is currently working on two primary research projects: the first examines institutional influences on pharmacists' ethical decision-making, and the second uses prescription drug abuse as a case for understanding institutional collaboration and conflict between criminal justice and healthcare, technological influences on frontline work, and inequalities in access to care and exposure to the criminal justice system. She teaches several courses including Medical Sociology, Law and Society, Drugs and Society, and Introduction to Sociology.

Dr. Chiarello began her academic career when she received a B.A. in psychology from Trinity University, a small liberal arts college in San Antonio, Texas. She then spent two years as the lab manager for the Cohen Lab at the Children's Research Lab at the University of Texas where she ran studies on children's cognitive development. After that, she entered the counseling psychology program at the University of Oregon where she earned her M.Ed. Drawn to the program's ecological model that positions psychological challenges in social context, she switched fields to pursue a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California, Irvine. After graduation, Dr. Chiarello began a two-year postdoctoral fellowship supported by the Office of Population Research and the Center for Health and Wellbeing  at Princeton University. 

Dr. Chiarello has published in an array of journals including Social Science & Medicine, Law & Social Inquiry, Mobilization, Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, and the Annual Review of Sociology.


Mailing Address: 3700 Lindell Boulevard Morrissey Hall ◆ Room 1915 ◆ St. Louis, MO 63108-3342

E-mail Address: liz.chiarello@slu.edu

Phone: (314) 977-2725

Fax: (314) 977-3623