Heather E. Dillaway - Professor

Dr. Dillaway received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Michigan State University in 2002. Some of her research interests are: menopause, reproductive health, women and aging, women and disabilities, body/embodiment, motherhood, and race/class/gender/sexuality (intersectionality). Most of her recent research focuses on menopause and midlife and women with disabilities. She typically teaches courses on race and gender inequalities, women and health, families, qualitative methods, and research methods. 

In addition to her responsibilities in Sociology, Dr. Dillaway is also Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State.

Curriculum Vitae


Selected Recent Publications

Dillaway, Heather. (2016). Are hysterectomies necessary? Racial differences in women’s attitudes. Journal of Women & Aging 28 (4): 309-321. Available online first: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08952841.2015.1017429

Dillaway, Heather
, & Lysack, Cathy. (2015). “Most of them are amateurs”: Women with spinal cord injury experience the lack of education and training among medical providers while seeking gynecological care. Disability Studies Quarterly 35 (3): http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/4934

Fritz, Heather, Dillaway, Heather, & Lysack, Cathy. (2015). “Don’t think paralysis takes away your womanhood”: Sexual intimacy after SCI. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 69 (1). In press. Available online first: doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.015040.

Warren-Jeanpiere, Lari, Dillaway, Heather, Hamilton, Pilar, Young, Mary, and Goparaju, Lakshmi. (2014). Taking it one day at a time: Older African American women aging with HIV and comorbidities. AIDS Patient Care and STDs 28 (7): 372-380.

Dillaway, Heather
, & Lysack, Cathy. (2014). Encounters with inaccessibility: The contexts women with spinal cord injury face when seeking gynecological health care. Chapter 11 in Research in Social Science and Disability (volume 8), edited by Barbara Altman and Sharon Barnartt. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Pp. 233-259.

Dillaway, Heather
, & Lysack, Cathy. (2014). “’My doctor told me I can still have children but...’: Contradictions in women’s reproductive health experiences after spinal cord injury.” Chapter 8 in Reframing Reproduction, edited by Meredith Nash. Palgrave McMillan Publishers. Pp. 135-149.

Dr. Dillaway recently won a 2014 Outstanding Publication Award from the National Council of Family Relations for this article.

Dillaway, Heather
, Cross, Katherine*, Lysack, Cathy, and Schwartz, Janet. (2013). Normal and natural, or burdensome and terrible? Women with spinal cord injuries discuss ambivalence about menstruation. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research 68(1-2): 107-120.

Dillaway, Heather
. (2012). "Reproductive history as social context: Exploring how women converse about menopause and sexuality at midlife." Chapter 11 in J. DeLamater & L. Carpenter (Eds.), Sex for Life: From Virginity to Viagra, How Sexuality Changes Throughout Our Lives. New York: New York University Press. Pp. 217-235.



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SOC 8400 - Seminar in Sociology of the Family 

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