Adam Rafalovich is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the School of General Education at Kaplan University. Adam is a professional sociologist with an interest in medical sociology. He has taught many of our courses and has interests in introductory sociology, gender, film, social problems, research methods, medical sociology, social theory, deviance, mental health, social psychology, and popular culture. He serves the department as a principal course designer and subject matter expert. Dr. Rafalovich is very well liked by his students and they often comment in evaluations on his positive style and ability to explain the course materials. He has won awards for teaching excellence at Northern Arizona University and Texas Tech University.
Professor Rafalovich’s background includes teaching, research, and writing in medical sociology. He has published many articles on medicalization in American life and on the development of children, specifically the development disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). His last book, Framing ADHD Children: A Critical Examination of the History, Discourse, and Everyday Experience of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Latham, MD: Lexington Books (2004), was well received by his peers and members of the medical community. He has also written about identity politics, social themes in music, and prescription drug advertising. He has been awarded research grants from National Institutes of Health, and Texas Tech University. Dr. Rafalovich continues to present papers at national and regional conferences on his research. Adam was educated at Southern Oregon University, receiving his baccalaureate degree in sociology. He earned his master's degree in applied sociology from Northern Arizona University and his doctorate in sociology from the University of British Columbia.
Adam is an enthusiastic outdoorsman and lives with his wife and two children in Oregon.