Nicole Lehpamer

Nicole  Lehpamer
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of Sociology
  • PhD Student, School of Social Sciences, Michigan State University
  • M.A, DePaul University
  • M.A, Augustana College


Nicole Lehpamer


Nicole Lehpamer is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University and currently works as a teaching fellow at Augustana College. Her teaching and research is motivated by Scholarship of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning and she is currently researching the effects of using ethnography on teaching students how to develop the “Sociological Eye”. 

Her dissertation addresses a key concern for sociologists: the ways in which social relationships are associated with health outcomes over time among the elderly, elucidating the causal mechanisms for which social network characteristics both directly and indirectly affect health outcomes through the exchange of social support resources. In the past she has conducted research within the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, examining the moral concerns of biobank donors. She has also conducted research for the Center for Community Assessment and Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation (CAPE) which was contracted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), aiding in the creation of a governmental report addressing how variations in state health and mental health department structures are associated with the types of mental health data collected. 


De Vries, R. G., Tomlinson, T., Kim, H. M., Krenz, C. D., Ryan, K. A., Lehpamer, N., & Kim, S. Y. (2016). “The moral concerns of biobank donors: the effect of non-welfare interests on willingness to donate.” Life Sciences, Society and Policy12(1): 1.

Tomlinson, T; DeVries, R; Ryan, K; Hyungin, M; Lehpamer, N; Kim, S. (2015). "Moral concerns and the willingness to donate to a research biobank." JAMA 313(4): 417-419