Eric Reither is a Professor in the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology, and the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. As a social demographer and epidemiologist by training, Reither has developed a research program that emphasizes three, often intersecting themes: (1) disparities in health and longevity; (2) the determinants and consequences of obesity, with a recent emphasis on sleep problems; and (3) methodological and statistical innovations in demography and related fields of study. To support this research agenda, Reither has received several grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station. To date, Reither has published >40 papers on these issues, including research articles appearing in leading journals such as Demography, Health Affairs, Pediatrics, Population Health Metrics, and Social Science & Medicine.
In addition to research and administrative work, Reither continues to teach and mentor students in the Sociology program at USU. Reither enjoys teaching undergraduate and graduate coursework in statistics and demographic methods. He also oversees the undergraduate certificate program in Social Analytics. Through the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Sociology, Reither has mentored numerous students to degree completion and early-career success in both academia and applied-research positions.
Reither is a Colorado native who feels at home in the mountains of northern Utah, where he participates in outdoor activities such as mountain biking, skiing, and fly fishing.