Current Projects

Border-Polar: Bipolar, Borderline, Both, or Neither? Click here to view her brief lecture on the topic.

Dr. Elliott is analyzing the overlap between two major mental illnesses that share similar criteria yet ostensibly are entirely unique phenomena — borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder.  This project entails secondary data analysis of psychiatric epidemiological data, content analysis of Reddit posts, and original survey and in-depth interview data collected from people who have been given one or both diagnoses.

The Race Mental Health Paradox: Was 2020 a Tipping Point?

Dr. Elliott is collaborating with Megan Lamotte and Dawne M. Mouzon to ascertain whether the race mental health paradox will withstand worsening racial disparities in  physical health between Black and White Americans and increased awareness of systemic racism and extra-judicial killings of Black Americans.

Working Professionals with Mental Illness

Dr. Elliott is writing about 55 in-depth interviews she conducted with working professionals who function at a high level yet live with serious mental illnesses.

Opioid Addiction Stigma

Dr. Elliott is working with James Ragsdale to analyze the sources of stigma towards individuals struggling with opioid addiction.

Masculinity and Mental Health

Dr. Elliott (with Dena T. Smith and Dawne M. Mouzon) is analyzing how men’s mental health is affected by threats to their masculinity.

Occupational Stress and Mental Health among Physicians

Dr. Elliott (with Michael Padua and Thomas Schwenk) has collected survey data from physicians throughout the state of Nevada to ascertain how occupational stressors impact their mental health.

Awards for Research and Service

2016 Recipient of the Thornton Peace Prize

2015 Recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research

Elliott, Marta. Principal Investigator. “The Stress Process of Alcohol Misuse” sponsored by the National Institutes of Health

Elliott, Marta.  Principal Investigator.  “Gender Differences, Stress and Health Outcomes” sponsored by the National Science Foundation

Elliott, Marta. Principal Investigator.  “Veterans Coming Home to College: Sources of Strain and Solutions for Success” sponsored by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Elliott, Marta.  Principal Investigator.  “Near-Lethal Suicide Attempts: Analysis and Recommendations” sponsored by the Nevada Public Health Trust Fund


Elliott and Reuter. 2021. Disclosure, Discrimination, and Identity among Working Professionals with Bipolar Disorder and Major Depression. Oxford Handbook on the Sociology of Disability.

Elliott and Reuter. 2021. Religion, Spirituality and Mental Illness among Working Profssionals: An In-depth Interview study. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture.

Elliott and Ragsdale. 2021. Stress Exposure and Wellbeing: Correlates of Meeting Criteria for Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, or Both. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.

Elliott and Reuter. 2021. The Benefits and Challenges of Employment for Working Professionals with Mental Illness. Community Mental Health Journal.

Elliott, Padua, and Schwenk. 2021. Electronic Health Records, Medical Practice Problems, and Physician Distress. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

Elliott and Blithe. 2021. Gender Inequality, Stress Exposure, and Well-Being among Academic Faculty. International Journal of Higher Education.

Elliott and Ragsdale. 2020. Mental Health Professionals with Mental Illness. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

Daftary, Devereux, and Elliott. 2020. Discrimination, Depression, and Anxiety among College Women in the Trump Era. Journal of Gender Studies.

Blithe and Elliott. 2020. Gender Inequality in the Academy: Micro-Aggressions, Work-Life Conflict, and Academic Rank. Journal of Gender Studies.

Wood and Elliott. 2019. Opioid Addiction Stigma: The Intersection of Race, Social Class, and Gender. Substance Use and Misuse.

Camelo and Elliott. 2019. Food Insecurity and Academic Achievement. Journal of College Student Development.

Naphan-Kingery and Elliott. 2018. Predicting College Women’s Perceptions of a Future in Engineering. Journal of Women in Science and Engineering.

Garrison, Doane and Elliott. 2017. Gay and Lesbian Experiences of Discrimination, Health and Wellbeing Surrounding the US Election. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Smith Mouzon and Elliott. 2016. Reviewing the Assumptions about Men’s Mental Health. American Journal of Men’s Mental Health. American Journal of Men’s Health.

Jones and Elliott. 2016. Examining Social Desirability in Measures of Religion and Spirituality. Review of Religious Research.

Gonzalez and Elliott. 2016. Faculty Attitudes and Behaviors towards Student veterans. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability.

Elliott and Lowman. 2015. Education, Income and Alcohol Misuse. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.

Elliott and Doane. 2015. Stigma Management of Mental Illness. Self and Identity.

Naphan and Elliott. 2015. Role Exit from the Miliatry. The Qualitative Report.

Doane and Elliott. 2015. Religiosity and Self-Rated Health. Journal of Religion and Health.

Doane and Elliott. 2015. Perceptions of Discrimination among Atheists. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.

Elliott. 2014. Predicting Problems on Campus An Analysis of Student Veterans. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policies

Elliott. 2014. Thai Buddhism and Well Being. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture.

Elliott, Naphan and Kohlenberg. 2014. Suicidal Behavior During Economic Hard Times. International Journal of Social Psychiatry.

Elliott and Doane. 2014. Religion, Psychological Well Being and Health. Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research.

Elliott, Naphan and Moulton. 2014.Inconsistent Attitudes Towards Troops Vs Veterans. Annual Review of Political and Miliary Sociology.

Elliott 2014. Book Review of Toward a Sociological Theory of Religion and Health. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews.

Doane and Elliott. 2014. Perceptions of Discrimination Among Atheists. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.

Doane, Elliott and Dyrenforth. 2014. Extrinsic Religious Orientation and Well Being. Review of Religious Research.

Hayward and Elliott. 2014. Cross National Analysis of the Influence of Cultural Norms. Review of Religious Research

Elliott 2013. Gender Differences in the Determinants of Distress and Alcohol Misuse. Society and Mental Health.

Bennett and Elliott. 2013. God Give Me Strength. Journal of Religion and Health.

Elliott, Maitoza, and Schwinger. 2012. Subjective Accounts of the Causes of Mental Illness in the USA. International Journal of Social Psychiatry.

Elliott, Gonzalez, and Larsen. 2011. US Military Veterans Transition to College. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.

Hayward and Elliott. 2011. Subjective and Objective Fit in Religious Congregations. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations.

Lowman and Elliott. 2009. Multilevel Model of Educational Expectations. Social Psychology of Education. 

Elliott and Hayward. 2009. Religion and Life Satisfaction Worldwide. Sociology of Religion.

Green and Elliott. 2009. Religion, Health and Psychological Well Being. Journal of Religion and Health.

Hayward and Elliott. 2009. Fitting in With the Flock. European Journal of Social Psychology.

Elliott. 2008. Gender Differences in the Causes of Work and Family Strain. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment.

Elliott and Hayward. 2007. Religion and Well Being in Church Without a Creed. Mental Health, Religion, & Culture.

Bennett and Elliott. 2005. Depressive Symptoms and Health among Cardiovascular Disease Patients. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Bennett and Elliott. 2005. Pessimistic Explanatory Style and Cardiac Health. Basic and Applied Social Psychology.

Bennett, Elliott, and Peters, 2005, Classroom and Family Effects on Children’s Social and Behavioral Problems. The Elementary School Journal.

Jambor and Elliott. 2005. Self-Esteem and Coping Strategies Among Deaf Students. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education.

Elliott. 2003. Work and Family Role Strain among University Employees. Journal of Family and Economic Issues.

Bennett and Elliott. 2002. Explanatory Style and Health. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Elliott. 2001. Gender Differences in Causes of Depression. Women and Health.

Elliott. 2000. Stress Process in Neighborhood Context. Health and Place.

Elliott. 1998. School Finance and Opportunities to Learn. Sociology of Education.

Elliott and Packham. 1998. When do Young Mothers Work. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare.

Elliott. 1996. Impact of Work, Family and Welfare Receipt on Women’s Self-Esteem. Social Psychology Quarterly.

Elliott and Parcel. 1996. Determinants of Young Women’s Wages. Social Science Research.

Elliott and Krivo. 1991. Structural Determinants of Homelessness in US Cities. Social Problems.

Curriculum Vitae