E. Helen (Eddy) Berry
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Berry graduated from Buckeye Heaven in 1983 but was banished to a post-doc Purgatory in Wolverine Country until she became an Aggie in 1984. She’s been an Aggie through multiple dogs, three cats, three hamsters, three fish, two kids, one spousal unit, and a mortgage. She continues to be fond of kids, dogs, cats, fish, and spouse. The mortgage is paid. She’ll happily discuss demography, statistics, urban or rural sociology with anyone, on any day, except during the Christmas Bird Count.
Far more seriously, Berry joined the USU faculty in 1984, having previously been an Adjunct Assistant Professor and NICHD Post-doctoral Scholar in the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. She holds the Ph.D. in Sociology with a minor in Geography and the M.A. in Sociology, each from The Ohio State University and BA in Sociology and History from Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA). In 2013 she was Visiting Fellow in the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University. She’s also Adjunct Professor of Geography at USU and has been an Adjunct Professor at Korea University, Baquai University, and the University of Karachi.
Berry’s research focuses on population change at the community level, as it is influenced by structural forces that are illustrated via the migration of couples; adolescents and young adults; Hispanics, African Americans, and Whites; return, onward, forward and backward migrations; and the impacts of health, disability and aging on mobility. With Nina Glasgow, she published Rural Aging in 21st Century America (Springer, 2013). She was 2015 President of the Rural Sociological Society.
Berry’s teaching has included demographic techniques, structural equation modeling, human ecology, introductory sociology, social problems, sociological statistics, sociological methodology, migration, urban sociology, demographic and population studies and American studies. She is well-known for her expertise and teaching on IRBs and best practices for IRBs and was a keynoter at Professional Research in Medicine and Research meetings.
Berry has been honored to serve on hundreds of masters and doctoral theses throughout USU. In 2003, she was awarded the Rural Sociological Society’s Award for Excellence in Instruction. She served for ten years as assistant department head and for 14 as undergraduate advisor in Sociology. She received USU’s Robin’s Award for Faculty Advisor of the Year in 1998 and been recipient of Mortar Board and Student Housing Honorary Faculty awards. In 2016 she was a Giraffe Award nominee and in 2017 was her college’s Graduate Mentor of the Year. She is a Women & Gender Research Institute Distinguished Professor and continues to serve as USU’s representative to ICPSR as she has for 20 years and a 16-year veteran of the USU’s Educational Policies and Curriculum Committee.
Her most recent adventures include chairing the 50th anniversary celebration for the Yun Kim Population Research Laboratory, coordinating the graduate program in sociology, as well as research on the distribution and migration patterns of those with disabilities and on the idea of trapped populations.