Scott  Landes

Assistant Professor

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Medical sociology, aging and the life course, quantitative methods, intellectual disability, military veterans, religion and spirituality


2014 - Ph.D., Sociology, University of Florida


2011 - M.A., Sociology, University of Florida


1997 - M.Div., Religion and Ethics, Emory University


1994 - B.A., Philosophy and Religion, Carson-Newman College


I am fascinated with the ways in which social forces and context influence our understanding and experience of morbidity and mortality. While primarily approaching these subjects using a sociological lens, my research is also informed by prior training in religious studies.  To date, in the area of mortality I have explored the manner in which spirituality informs death fear and experiences; the relationship between education and mortality for adults with intellectual disability; and morbidity and mortality trends for military veterans.  In addition, in the area of aging and the life course I have conducted two studies that examined the mediating/moderating effect that generativity has on the relationship between early life adversity and later life health and well-being.  


Graduate Student Teaching Award, University of Florida, 2012-2013

Publications & Presentations



Landes, S. D., Ardelt, M., Vaillant, G. E., & Waldinger, R. J. (2014). Childhood adversity, midlife generativity, and later life well-being. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 69B(6), 942-952. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbu055


Landes, S. D., & Peek, C. W. (2013). Death by mental retardation: The influence of ambiguity on death certificate coding error for adults with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 57(12), 1183-1190. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2012.01614.x


Ardelt, M., Landes, S. D., Gerlach, K. R., & Fox, L. P. (2013). Rediscovering internal strengths of the aged: The beneficial impact of wisdom, mastery, purpose in life, and spirituality on aging well. In J.D. Sinnott (Ed.), Positive psychology: Advances in understanding adult motivation. New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4614-7282-7_7


Landes, S. D., & Ardelt, M. (2011). The relationship between spirituality and death fear in aging adults. Counselling and Spirituality, 30(2), 87-112. 


Ardelt, M., Landes, S. D., & Vaillant, G. E. (2010). The long-term effects of World War II combat exposure on later life well-being moderated by generativity. Research in Human Development, 7(3), 202-220. doi: 10.1080/15427609.2010.504505 


Landes, S.D. (2010). Deliberating death. Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling. 64(3). 4.1-9.


Landes, S.D. (2010). Practicing discernment: Pastoral care in crisis situations. Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling. 64(1). 5.1-8.

LandesContact Information

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(904) 620-3857