Ph.D. 2009, The Ohio State University

Areas of Study:

Health inequalities; Crime and community; Place; Policing; Survey methodology; Quantitative methods

Research and Teaching:

Eileen Avery teaches courses on population health, criminology, and statistics. She is interested in the ways in which economic, social, and built residential contexts are associated with health and wellbeing and social control. She has published articles on the relationship between neighborhood context and health and mortality, fear, cohesion, and experiences with police. In collaboration with colleagues at the University of Missouri, she has designed, implemented, and analyzed data from the “Your Ideas Count” Conservation Opinion Survey and the Missouri Crime and Victimization Survey for the Missouri Department of Conservation and Missouri State Highway Patrol respectively.

Survey Research Working Group

Coordinators: Dr. Eileen Avery and Dr. Joan Hermsen

The Working Group brings together Mizzou faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates with interests in survey research, including issues related to the design and fielding of surveys and the analysis of existing survey datasets. The Working Group meets biweekly to discuss ongoing research projects, current issues in the field of survey design and analysis, and recent publications on survey research innovations. For more information, contact Dr. Avery ( or Dr. Hermsen (

Select Publications:

(Formerly Eileen Bjornstrom)

Works in Progress

Avery, Eileen, Joan Hermsen, and Katelynn Towne.* “Worry about Crime Across Urban and Rural Areas in Missouri, USA: The Effects of Worry about Race Relations and Worry about Illegal Immigration” Under review.

Avery, Eileen E., Joan M. Hermsen, Braden T. Leap*, Jill R. Lucht, J. Sanford Rikoon and Michele Baumer. “Operationalizing Place of Residence when Analyzing Outdoor Recreation Constraints.” In progress.

Avery, Eileen, Joan Hermsen, and Katelynn Towne*. “Perceptions of Police Procedural Justice in Rural and Urban Neighborhoods.” In progress, presented at the 2017 ASC meeting.

Avery Eileen E., Joan Hermsen, Braden Leap*, J. Sandy Rikoon, Katelynn Towne-Arnold*, Sonja Wilhelm‐ Stanis. 2016. “The Effect of Residential Context and Fear of Outdoor Participation on Physical Activity among Older Adults in Missouri, USA.” In progress, presented at at the 2016 ISBNPA meeting.

Martinez Jr, Ramiro and Eileen E. Avery. “How have Declining Homicide Rates Contributed to Urban Revitalization? The Case of San Diego 1970-2010” In progress, presented at the 2017 ASC meeting.

Eileen Avery and Joan Hermsen. “Nonresponse bias in a population-based statewide survey: The impact of cellular phones versus landlines.” In progress, submitted to WAPOR 2018 annual meeting.


Eleven reports for the Missouri Department of Conservation and Missouri State Patrol. Four of these are linked as pdf documents above.


Bjornstrom, Eileen E.S. 2015. “Race-ethnicity, nativity, neighbourhood context and reports of unfair treatment by police.” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38(12), 2019-2036.

Bjornstrom, Eileen E.S. and Danielle C. Kuhl. 2014. “A Different Look at the Epidemiological Paradox: Self-Rated Health, Perceived Social Cohesion and Neighborhood Immigrant Context.” Social Science & Medicine 120:118-125.

Bjornstrom, Eileen E.S. and Margaret L. Ralston. 2014. “Neighborhood Built Environment, Perceived Danger, and Perceived Social Cohesion.” Environment and Behavior 46(6):718-44.

Bjornstrom, Eileen E.S., Margaret L. Ralston and Danielle C. Kuhl. 2013. “Social Cohesion and Self-Rated Health: The Moderating Effect of Neighborhood Physical Disorder.” American Journal of Community Psychology 52(3-4):302-12.

Bjornstrom, Eileen E.S. 2013. “Why and How Neighborhoods Matter for Health” Pp 243-52 in Epidemiological Criminology: Theory to Practice, edited by E. Waltermaurer and T.A. Akers. New York: Routledge.

Browning, Christopher, Eileen E.S. Bjornstrom and Kathleen A. Cagney. 2011. “Health and Mortality Consequences of the Physical Environment” Pp 441-64 in International Handbook of Adult Mortality, Volume 2, International Handbooks of Population, edited by R. Rogers and E. Crimmins. New York: Springer.

Bjornstrom, Eileen E.S. 2011a. “An Examination of the Relationship between Neighborhood Income Inequality, Social Resources and Obesity in Los Angeles County.” American Journal of Health Promotion 26(2):109-16.

Bjornstrom, Eileen E.S. 2011b. “To Live and Die in L.A. County: Neighborhood Economic and Social Context and Premature Age-Specific Mortality Rates among Latinos.” Health and Place 17(1):230-37.

Bjornstrom, Eileen E.S. 2011c. “The Neighborhood Context of Relative Position, Trust, and Self-Rated Health.” Social Science & Medicine 73(1):42-9.

Frank, Reanne and Eileen E.S. Bjornstrom. 2011. “A Tale of Two Cities: Residential Context and Risky Behavior among Adolescents in Los Angeles and Chicago.” Health and Place 17(1):67-77.

Bjornstrom, Eileen E. S., Robert Kaufman, Ruth Peterson and Michael Slater. 2010. “Race and Ethnic Representations of Lawbreakers and Victims in Crime News: A National Study of Television Coverage.” Social Problems 57(2):269-93.