IU Sociologist Bernice Pescosolido elected to National Academy of Sciences

BLOOMINGTON – Bernice Pescosolido, a distinguished professor of sociology in the Indiana University Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences, and the founder and director of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research, has become the only IU faculty member ever to be elected to two of the national academies after being elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Pescosolido was one of the 120 new members and 30 international members that the academy announced on April 26. Members are selected in recognition of their distinguished and ongoing achievements in original research.

Pescosolido, whose research and teaching focus on social issues in health, illness and healing, also is only the 30th faculty member elected to the National Academy of Sciences in the university’s history. The last IU faculty member elected to the organization was cognitive psychologist Linda B. Smith in 2019.

Pescosolido was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2016.