Xan Nowakowski Ph.D.,M.P.H.

Xan Nowakowski Ph.D.,M.P.H.

Assistant Professor

Orlando Regional Campus

I conduct a variety of research, teaching, and service activities focused on healthy aging with complex chronic conditions. This includes serving as the evaluator for the Florida Asthma Program and the REACH Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, providing qualitative methods oversight for the ACTS 2 dementia caregiver support project, helping to build aging research partnerships with the COM and various community organizations in Central Florida, mentoring students from a variety of health disciplines who are building practice and inquiry skills in person-centered chronic disease management, and collaborating on a variety of projects that amplify the voices of health care providers and their patients. I emphasize inquiry with and advocacy for populations often marginalized in health services, especially people who identify as queer and/or trans. To all of my work I bring the consciousness of both academic training in public health and medical sociology; and lived experience with cystic fibrosis and post-traumatic stress disorder.

PhD, Medical Sociology, Florida State University, December 2013
MS, Medical Sociology, Florida State University, May 2013
MPH, Health Systems and Policy, Rutgers University, October 2009
BA, Political Science, Columbia University, May 2005


  • Community outreach:

  • Bithlo Transformation Effort Advisory Board (November 2017 - Present)
  • FSU COM Council on Diversity and Inclusion (July 2017 - Present)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (April 2017 - Present)
  • Orange County Community Health Improvement Board (November 2016 - Present)
  • Sociologists for Trans Justice (July 2016 - Present)
  • Havana Health and Wellness (October 2010 - Present)
  • Columbia Alumni Representative Committee (May 2005 - Present)



  • Editorial Board memberships:

  • The Qualitative Report (October 2017 - Present)
  • Inquiry (March 2017 - Present)
  • People Living with And Inspired by Diabetes (PLAID) (October 2015 - Present)
  • Sociological Spectrum (October 2015 - Present)



  • Professional mentoring:

  • Orange County Academy (October 2017 – Present)
  • Columbia University Odyssey Mentoring Program (September 2017 – Present)
  • VA Health System – Tampa Bay (July 2015 – Present)
  • Columbia College Women (June 2013 – Present)
  • University of Tampa (January 2013 – Present)
  • Florida State University (August 2011 – Present)
  • Florida A&M University (May 2011 – Present)


Peer review for 27 different interdisciplinary sociomedical journals

Founder and co-editor of Write Where It Hurts, a weblog on trauma informed scholarship


  • Honor societies:

  • Alpha Kappa Delta Honorary Society in Sociology
  • Delta Omega Honorary Society for Public Health
  • Golden Key International Honor Society



  • Awards:

  • Research Recognition Honoree (Florida State University, 2017)
  • Bernard D. Goldstein, MD Award (Rutgers University, 2009)



  • National:

  • American Evaluation Association
  • American Geriatrics Society
  • American Public Health Association
  • American Sociological Association



  • Regional:

  • Mid-South Sociological Association
  • Southern Sociological Society



  • State:

  • BioFlorida
  • Florida Asthma Coalition
  • Florida Geriatrics Society
  • Florida Chronic Disease Prevention Coalition
  • Florida Health Equity Research Institute
  • Florida Public Health Association


Directed Individual Studies: * Sociomedical Research Methods * Health Data Analysis * Critical Academic Writing

Healthy aging with chronic disease. Experience, management, and development of chronic health conditions. Interdisciplinary research techniques and biopsychosocial elaboration models. Illness, identity, and embodied health. Cumulative inequality of health in care delivery settings and community built environments across the life course. Health-related quality of life and associated constructs, including pain, disability, and polytrauma.