Jill Kiecolt


Jill Kiecolt



645 McBryde Hall 
225 Stanger Street 
Blacksburg, VA 24061


(540) 231-8973



Department Membership



  • Social Psychology
  • Social Structure and Personality
  • Sociology of Marriage and Family
  • Race, Identity, and Mental Health
  • Biosociology of the Self-Concept

Professional Activities

  • Sociology Program, National Science Foundation, former Reviewer
  • Sociological Inquiry, former Member of the Editorial Board
  • Social Psychology Quarterly, former Member of the Editorial Board
  • Southwest Sociological Association, former Executive Council Member
  • National Council on Family Relations


  • Ph.D. University of California - Los Angeles
  • M.A. University of California - Los Angeles
  • B.A. University of Oklahoma

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    2006 E. Gordon Ericksen Award for graduate teaching, Department of Sociology, Virginia Tech.

    1984 Fellow, Summer Institute on "Individual Development and Social Change," Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University.

    Selected Publications


    1985. Kiecolt, K. Jill and Laura E. Nathan. Secondary Analysis of Survey Data. Sage University Paper Series on Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage. Since 2013, this title has appeared online in the Sage Research Methods series. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412985796


    Hughes, Michael, K. Jill Kiecolt, Verna M. Keith, and David E. Demo. 2015. "Racial Identity and Well-Being among African Americans." Social Psychology Quarterly 78:25-48.

    Hughes, Michael, K. Jill Kiecolt, and Verna M. Keith.  2014. “How Racial Identity Moderates the Impact of Financial Stress on Mental Health among African Americans.” Society and Mental Health 4:38-54.

    Kiecolt, K. Jill, Steven H. Aggen, and Kenneth S. Kendler. 2013. “Genetic and Environmental Influences on the Relationship Between Mastery and Alcohol Dependence.” Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 37:905-913.

    Kiecolt, K. Jill, Rosemary Blieszner, and Jyoti Savla. 2011. “Long-Term Influences of Intergenerational Ambivalence on Midlife Parents’ Psychological Well-being.” Journal of Marriage and Family 60:369-382.

    Sponsored Research

    2011 “Statistical Genetics Research on Sense of Mastery and Alcohol-Related Outcomes.” Jerome Niles Faculty Research Award (Dean’s Faculty Fellowship), College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech. $15,000. 

    2011 “Statistical Genetics Research on Sense of Mastery and Alcohol-Related Outcomes.” Summer Scholars Program, Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment, Virginia Tech. $15,174. 

    1994 "Intentional Self-Change during College: Determinants and Process." Funded by the College of Arts and Sciences, Virginia Tech. $3,000