Ph.D. Student Profile

Tarlise (Tarlie)   Townsend

Tarlise (Tarlie) Townsend, B.S., B.A.

  • PhD Candidate (2022)
  • Cognate: Sociology/Organizational Studies


  • BS, Neuroscience, Indiana University (2012)
  • BA, Germanic Studies, Indiana University (2012)

Research Interests & Projects

  • Health Equity
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Opioid Crisis
  • Life Course Theory
  • Neighborhood Effects
  • Sociology
  • Cost-Effectiveness Modeling
  • Econometric Analysis
  • Longitudinal Analysis
Tarlie is pursuing a joint PhD in HSOP and Sociology. She is interested in social determinants of health and health equity, particularly with respect to the ongoing opioid crisis. In current research, Tarlie is studying racial and socioeconomic disparities in opioid prescribing, the cost-effectiveness of naloxone distribution to laypeople and first responders, and socioeconomic disparities in obesity incidence and disability.