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Sociology Books


Medical Sociology    Health services composition, organization, accessibility and utilization; health behaviour and health knowledge, cultural norms, lifestyle implications; cultural variations in health systems, international comparisons and socio-economic predictors; national and international health policy analysis; family-health services link in caregiving; psychoactive substance use.

Family Sociology     Family behaviour and conflict resolution; analysis of micro- and macro-level predictors of family formation, structure, behaviour and norms involving communities, countries and world regions.

Public Policy     Analysis of policy formulation, implementation and evaluation in the fields of  health care and family.

Social Methodology    Analysis and application of social research methods and instruments, survey research, quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and data analysis.

Details:   ORCiD   Duke-NUS

Brief Background

Stella Quah (Ph.D) is a sociologist specialized in medical sociology, family sociology, and social policy. She is currently Adjunct Professor, Health Services and Systems Research Programme, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore; member of Institutional Review Boards; and member of the International Advisory Board of the British Journal of Sociology; the Editorial Advisory Board of Health Sociology Review; the Editorial Advisory Board of Sociology of Health and Illness; the Editorial Board of Marriage & Family Review. Other editorial work include: International Advisory Board of Asian Population Studies (2009-2019); co-editor of the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behaviour and Society (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014); Editor, Routledge Handbook of Families in Asia (Routledge, 2015); Editor-in-Chief of the International Encyclopedia of Public Health , 2nd Edition (Elsevier, 2017); and Section Editor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Elsevier Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences  (2014-2019).

She was awarded a Fulbright-Hays scholarship from 1969 to 1971. During her long career (1977-2009) as faculty member of the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore (formerly University of Singapore), she spent sabbaticals as Research Associate and Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California Berkeley (1986-87); the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Department of Sociology at Harvard University (1993-94); the Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University (1997); the Stanford Program in International Legal Studies, Stanford University (1997); the National Centre for Development Studies, Australian National University (2002); and the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University (2006).

Among her other professional activities, Stella Quah held the positions of Chairperson of the International Sociological Association (ISA) Research Committee on the Sociology of Health (RC15) from 1990 to 1994; Vice-President for Research of the ISA 1994-1998; Chairperson of the ISA Research Council for the session 1994-1998; and Associate Editor of International Sociology (1998-2004).

Her publications are on the fields of sociology of health, family sociology, social policy, social class and sociology of professions. This site provides the complete and current list of publications on the tabs “Health Sociology”, “Family Sociology” and “General Sociology” with subthemes indicated in the Overview. Queries or comments may be sent to

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