Larry Gibbs received his Ph.D. in Sociology (specializing in Demography) from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Prior to joining SOU, Dr. Gibbs completed a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has taught several foundational and substantive sociology courses including Introduction to Sociology, Social Research, Sociology of Health and Health Care Professions and Families and Society. Dr. Gibbs enjoys teaching and mentoring students. His goals are to have students develop critical thinking skills, comprehensive knowledge of sociology and the ability to apply this knowledge to their lives. This will enable them to become well-rounded global citizens and agents of change.
His current research focuses on family demography and sociology of health. Specifically, he explores the reproductive behaviors of heterosexuals by relationship type during different developmental stages of the life course. In another strand of research, Dr. Gibbs examines the determinants of diabetes care outcomes among adults.