Omar Bird

PhD Candidate in Sociology, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Chapter Fellow, Hawai'i SSN
Chapter Member: Hawaii SSN
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About Omar

Bird's research interests go between medical sociology and the criminal justice system. Bird's research focuses on the social determinants of mental and physical health, examining how involvement with the criminal justice system becomes a stressor in individuals lives and is a key site of institutionalized racism. 

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Opinion: "A Demand To End Anti-Black Racism," Omar Bird (with Nathalie Rita, Noreen Kohl, Katherine Irwin, and Nandita Sharma), Civil Beat, June 17, 2020.


"Does the Health of Adult Child Caregivers Vary by Employment Status in the United States?" (with Noreen Kohl, Krysia N. Mossakowski, Ivan I. Sanidad, and Lawrence H. Nitz). Journal of Aging and Health 31, no. 9 (2019): 1631–1651.

Investigates whether the health effects of informal caregiving for aging parents vary by employment status in the United States. Finds statistically significant interaction between caregiving duration and employment, indicating that employed caregivers had significantly worse health than retired caregivers. Caregiving duration also predicted significantly higher levels of depressive symptoms.