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Vicki L Lamb

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Professor of Sociology and Human Sciences
(919) 530-6359
(919) 530-7983
203 Dent Human Sciences Building


Primarily I teach graduate classes in Human Sciences. I serve on a number of committees for the Department of Human Sciences, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the University.


I am a native of North Carolina. I was born in Greensboro and grew up in Elizabeth City. After graduating from Northeastern High School I attended Campbell College (now University), where I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology. I then attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPISU, now Virginia Tech) and worked full-time in the University Bookstore. I received a research assistantship to work for Dr. Clifton D. Bryant, Department Chair of the Sociology Department. In 1980 I completed my MS thesis on "Social Distance Towards Former Mental Patients," based on survey data that I designed and collected from college students. After receiving my Masters of Science Degree in Sociology I moved to Charlotte and worked as a Research Associate for the Urban Institute for the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. During that time I also taught Sociology courses, as an Adjunct Lecturer, at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Queens College, Johnson C. Smith University, Winthrop College and the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing. In 1985 I was hired as a full-time Instructor in Sociology at Johnson C. Smith University. In 1988 I took a leave of absence to attend Duke University to pursue a PhD in Sociology. While at Duke I received a Predoctoral Fellowship in Medical Demography and Social Epidemiology of Aging, funded by the National Institute of Aging, NIH. In 1992 I received my PhD. My dissertation was "A Cross-national Study of Disability among the Elderly in Less Developed Countries: Implications for the Epidemiologic Transition Theory," based on data collected from 13 countries by the World Health Organization (WHO). After receiving my PhD, I worked at Johnson C. Smith University and the University of South Carolina in Columbia. I then returned to Durham to work at the Duke University Center for Demographic Studies as Postdoctoral Fellow and later as a Research Scientist. In 2006 I joined the faculty at North Carolina Central University as an Associate Professor in Sociology. I received tenure and was promoted to Professor in 2011. In Fall 2014 I joined the Department of Human Sciences at NCCU.

Research Interests

My research interests are varied and include: Demography; Health and disability; Child well-being; Aging and the life course; Quantitative Research


PhD Duke University 1992
MS Virginia Tech 1980
BS Campbell University 1974


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