Debbie Helsel, Associate ProfessorOffice Location: Social Science 223
Office Phone: (559) 278-5144
Class Schedule Fall 2018
Office Hours: On Sabbatical
Debbie's Ph.D. is in Medical Sociology from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Helsel is also a Registered Nurse who worked in acute care hospitals, primarily as a labor and delivery nurse.
Areas of Specialty
I teach a broad range of courses including Principles of Sociology, Theory, Medical Sociology and the Sociology of Death and Dying. My courses are challenging and my classrooms are dynamic. I try to make my enthusiasm about the sociological imagination contagious; my students seem to respond and enjoy our semester of work.
My research interests involve cultural competencies in health care. Recent projects have included the role of shamans in Hmong health care and the interactions of biomedical providers with Hmong patients. I am currently working with an area agency to ascertain whether the health care needs of recent Hmong immigrants are being met and, if not, how those barriers to care can be overcome.
My other favorite project is my family, which now includes a foster baby. They, along with my students, provide the chaos and joy that make life interesting.