Jason Carbone

Jason Carbone

Assistant Professor


Jason Carbone


Carbone joined the Wayne State University School of Social Work faculty in 2019. He received his PhD from the School of Social Work within the College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University.  Carbone has nearly a decade of professional social work experience working in community-based organizations. He is a former not-for-profit executive director with practice experience in community and economic development, community engagement and community building, and organizational management and development.

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Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD in Social Work, School of Social Work, College for Public Health and Social Justice, Saint Louis University – 2019
  • MSW, Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis – 2006
  • BS in Social Work and Psychology, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, 2005

Teaching Interests

  • Social Policy
  • Community Development
  • Economic Development
  • Social Determinants of Physical and Mental Health

Areas of Expertise


  • Community engagement, collective action, civic engagement
  • Neighborhood perceptions
  • Stress and allostatic load
  • Social epidemiology


  • “Big data” analysis
  • Structural equation modeling
  • Causal inference
  • Epidemiological methods

Research Interests

Carbone’s research focuses on the reciprocal relationship between individuals and the communities in which they live. Specific research topics include citizen participation, collective action, neighborhood collective efficacy, neighborhood perceptions, and the associations between community-level factors and an individual’s allostatic load.

Grand Challenges Project

Ensuring healthy development for all youth has the goal of reducing the incidence and prevalence of behavioral health problems with a specific focus on reducing racial and socioeconomic disparities in this area. Anxiety, depression, and self-inflicted injuries as some of the areas that specifically identified within this Grand Challenge. Although multiple perspectives can be utilized to better understand these areas, my research applies allostatic load theory, with represents the cumulative wear and tear of long-term exposure to stress, to better explicate the link between these individual health problems and the larger community. This approach can aid in the development of both preventative efforts and treatment.

Social isolation can also be viewed via the lens of allostatic load theory, as there remains a lack of understanding of the mechanisms by which social isolation influences health and well-being. Research to date suggests that individuals who are more socially integrated have better health outcomes on a range of issues. By applying allostatic load principles to the concept of social integration, a more nuanced understanding of this relationship may emerge, which will allow for the creation and implementation more effective interventions.

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