STAFF
Dr. Ronald E. Cossman

Social Science Research Center
Mississippi State University
P.O. Box 5287
Mississippi State, MS. 39762-5287
Telephone: (662) 325-4801
Fax: (662) 325-6622
E-mail: rcossman@ssrc.msstate.edu


EDUCATION

2001        Ph.D. in Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Dissertation Title:
Secular Trends and Spatial Clusters of Inequality in U.S. Metropolitan Areas, 1970 to
1990.

1993        M.S. in Demography and Population Studies, Florida State University,
Tallahassee, FL.  Master’s Paper Title: Income Inequality Among Caribbean
Immigrants.

1992        B.A. in Economics, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL.


FUNDED GRANTS and RESEARCH

Awarded $150,000 research grant from the Office of Rural Health Policy Research,
Department of Health and Human Services. “Drugs, Diagnosis and Death: A Test of
Pharmaceutical Data Validity in Estimating Rural Population Health,” September 2004
– August 2005. (Principal Investigator)

Awarded $89,978 for “Assessing Spatial and Tabular Data Necessary for Accident
Crash Research in Mississippi,” by the Mississippi Alcohol Safety Education Program
(MASEP). July 2004 – June 2005. (Principal Investigator)

For the Mississippi Health Policy Research Center, conducted secondary research
and produced a health policy paper analyzing the leading causes of death and injury
among children in Mississippi. The paper also identified legislative, environment and
behavioral changes that could reduce childhood deaths and injuries. This was a
portion of a $40,000 research grant. (Principal Investigator)

For the Mississippi Health Policy Research Center, conducted secondary research
and produced a health policy brief analyzing the impact that a child endangerment
law (DUI drivers with a minor adult are receive additional penalties) in Mississippi
could have in terms of preventing deaths and injuries among children. This was a
portion of a $40,000 research grant. (Principal Investigator)

For the Mississippi Health Policy Research Center, conducted secondary research
and produced a health policy brief analyzing the impact that a primary seat belt law
in Mississippi could have in terms of preventing deaths and injuries among children.
This was a portion of a $40,000 research grant. (Principal Investigator)

Received $171,401 research grant for fiscal year 2003-2004 from the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services through the Rural Health Safety and
Security Institute of the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State
University to map and analyze rural health outcomes (mortality and morbidity) and
the socioeconomic and demographic determinants of health outcomes. (Principal
Investigator)

Served as Co-Investigator on a research conference grant for the Agency for
Healthcare Research and Quality between February 2003 and January 2004. The
purpose was to convene and host a regional conference on “Health as an Economic
Engine in the Delta.” The purpose of the conference is to summarize and
disseminate research on the general topic of “Health as an Economic Engine,” and to
develop a practical research agenda applying this concept to the Mississippi Delta.

Received $101,672 research grant for fiscal year 2002-2003 from the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services through the Rural Health Safety and
Security Institute of the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State
University to map and analyze rural health outcomes (mortality and morbidity) and
the socioeconomic and demographic determinants of health outcomes. (Principal
Investigator)

Received $6,166 project grant for 2002 from the Office of the Provost, Mississippi
State University to project future student enrollment at MSU based on projected
population trends in the state of Mississippi. (Principal Investigator)

Received $89,735 research grant for fiscal year 2001-2002 from the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services through the Rural Health Safety and Security Institute
of the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University to collect,
calculate and statistically analyze rural health outcomes (mortality and morbidity) at
the county, regional, state and national levels. (Principal Investigator)

PUBLICATIONS

Campbell, C.R., J.S. Cossman, R.E. Cossman and W.L. James.  "Mortality Rates,
Income Inequality & Adjustment: What Type, When, & How Much Is Enough?"  for
publication in Social Science Quarterly.  Under review. Submitted September 2004.

Cossman, J.S., Cossman, R.E., Reavis, R.M., and Cosby, A. “Reconsidering the Rural-
Urban Continuum in Rural Health Research.” The Journal of Rural Health, Revise and
Resubmit, July 2004.

Cossman, R. E. 2004. “Leading Causes of Death Among Children in Mississippi.”
Health Policy Paper, Mississippi Health Policy Research Center, Mississippi State
University. Available on-line at: http://www.healthpolicy.msstate.edu/publications

Cossman, R. E. 2004. “Motor Vehicle Injuries and Deaths among Children in
Mississippi: The Role of a DUI Child Endangerment Law.” Health Policy Brief,
Mississippi Health Policy Research Center, Mississippi State University. Available on-
line at: http://www.healthpolicy.msstate.edu/publications

James, W. L., Cossman, R.E., Cossman, J.S., Campbell, C., and Blanchard, T. 2004. “A
Brief Visual Primer for the Mapping of Mortality Trend Data.” International Journal of
Health Geographics, 3(7). Available on-line at:
http://www.ij-healthgeographics.com/content/3/1/7

Cossman, R. E. 2004. “Impact of Primary Seat Belt Laws on Motor Vehicle Deaths
Among Mississippi’s Youth.” Health Policy Brief, Mississippi Health Policy Research
Center, Mississippi State University. Available on-line at: http://www.healthpolicy.
msstate.edu/publications

Cossman, R.E., Cossman, J.S., James, W.L., Blanchard, T. C., and Cosby, A. 2004.
“Mortality Rates Across Time: Does Persistence Suggest “Healthy and Unhealthy
Places” in the United States?” In WorldMinds: Geographical Perspectives on 100
Problems, edited by Janelle, D.G., Warf, B., and Hansen, K. Amsterdam: Kluwer Press.

Cossman, R.E., Cossman, J.S., Jackson, R., and Cosby, A. 2003 “Mapping High or Low
Mortality Places Across Time in the United States: A Research Note on a Health
Visualization and Analysis Project.” Health & Place, 9(4):361-369.

Cossman, R.E., Blanchard, T., James, W., Jackson-Belli, R., and Cosby, A. 2002.
Healthy and Unhealthy Places in America: Are These Really Spatial Clusters?
Proceedings of the 22nd Annual ESRI International User Conference. Published as a
CD and available on-line at:
http://gis.esri.com/library/userconf/proc02/abstracts/a1064.html

Cossman, R.E. 1998. “Extending the Modifiable Areal Unit into TIME,” Proceeding of
the GIS/LIS ’98 annual conference and exposition, Fort Worth, TX.

Woods, L., Perry, J., Steagall, J., and Cossman, R.E. 1996. “International Migration
and the Ruralization of Belize, 1970-1991,” chapter in Belize: Selected Proceedings
from the Second Interdisciplinary Conference, edited by Michael D. Phillips.

Cossman, R.E. and Woods, L. 1995. “A Model and Review of Methods Used in
Estimating the Socioeconomic and Demographic Impacts of Military Installation
Realignment, Closure and Reuse,” chapter in Proceedings of the Fifth International
Conference on Applied Demography.

PAPERS AND POSTERS PRESENTED

“Rx Enclaves? Spatial Correlation in Prescription Drug Patterns,” invited presentation
at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, MA. April 11,
2005. (Co-authored with J. Cossman, W. James, T. Blanchard, R. Thomas, L. Pol, and
A. Cosby)

“Mapping Morbidity: Prescription Data as a Proxy for Chronic Illness”, paper
presented at the 101st Association of American Geographers meeting, Denver, CO.,
April 5-9, 2005. (Co-authored with J. Cossman, W. James, T. Blanchard, R. Thomas, L.
Pol, and A. Cosby)

“Drugs, Diagnosis and Death: A Test of Pharmaceutical Data Validity in Estimating
Rural Population Health,” invited presentation at the Rural Policy Research Institute
(RUPRI), University of Nebraska at Omaha, April 4, 2005. (Co-authored with J.
Cossman, W. James, T. Blanchard, R. Thomas, L. Pol, and A. Cosby)

“Spatial Clusters of Cause Specific Mortality”, refereed poster presented at the 75th
Population Association of America meeting, Philadelphia, PA., April 1-3, 2005. (Co-
authored with J. Cossman and W. James)

“Healthy and Unhealthy Places: The Delta Regional Authority Counties,” invited
presentation at the Delta Regional Authority Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.,
October 21, 2004. (Co-authored with A. G. Cosby, T. Blanchard and H. Hitt)

“The Relationship Between Migration and County-Level Mortality Rates While
Controlling for Spatial Autocorrelation,” paper presented at the Southern
Demographic Association annual meeting, Hilton Head, S.C., October 14-16, 2004.
(Co-authored with J. Cossman and W. James).

“Dying to Move or Moving to Die? Exploring an Ecological Relationship Between
Mortality and Migration,” refereed paper presented at the 99th American Sociological
Association meeting, San Francisco, CA., August 2004. (Co-authored with J. Cossman
and W. James)

“Migration, Population Mixing and Mortality: A Spatial Analysis,” refereed poster
presentation at the Population Association of America annual meeting, Boston, MA.,
April 1-3, 2004. (Co-authored with J. Cossman, W. James and C. Campbell).

“Migration, Population Mixing and Mortality: A Spatial Analysis,” paper presented at
the Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA., March
15-19, 2004. (Co-authored with J. Cossman and W. James).

Invited lecturer to the Croft Institute for International Studies Seminar Series at the
University of Mississippi to present research on medical data visualization
techniques, December 2, 2003.

“Characteristics of ‘Healthy and Unhealthy Places’ in the United States,” paper
presented at the Southern Demographic Association annual meeting, Arlington, VA.,
October 23-25, 2003. (Co-authored with W. James).

“Are Mixing Populations Healthier Than Stable Populations: A County-Level Analysis
of Mortality and Population Mixing,” refereed paper presented at the American
Sociological Association annual meeting, Atlanta, GA., August 16-19, 2003. (Co-
authored with J. Cossman).

“How Standardization of Rates Affects the Spatial Patterns of Mortality in the U.S.”
refereed poster presentation at the Population Association of America annual
meeting, Minneapolis, MN., May 1-3, 2003 (Co-authored with J. Cossman, T.
Blanchard, W. James and C. Campbell). Winner of the PAA Poster Excellence award.

“Healthy and Unhealthy Places in America: Are These Really Spatial Clusters?”
invited presentation made to the MSU Social Science Research Seminar, Hunter
Henry Alumni Center, April 16, 2003 (Co-authored with W. James, T. Blanchard, A.
Cosby, J. Cossman, C. Campbell, R. Jackson and D. Breen).

“Population Stability and Mortality: A Macro-level Analysis of Non-movers and
Mortality,” paper presented at the Southern Demographic Association annual
meeting, Austin, TX., October, 2002 (Co-authored with J. Cossman).

“Healthy and Unhealthy Places in America; Are These Really Spatial Clusters?”, paper
presented at the Twenty-Second Annual ESRI International User Conference, San
Diego, CA., July, 2002 (Co-authored with A. Cosby, W. James and R. Belli).

“Secular Trends and Spatial Clusters of Inequality in U.S. Metropolitan Areas, 1970
to 1990,” paper presented at The Association of American Geographers annual
conference, Los Angeles, CA., March, 2002.

“Linking Secular Trends in Economic Restructuring and Wage Inequality in United
States Metropolitan Areas,” paper presented at The Association of American
Geographers annual conference, New York, NY., February, 2001.

“A Comparison of Income Inequality at the MSA Level by Sex in the United States:
1960-1990,” paper presented at The Association of American Geographers annual
conference, Boston, MA., March, 1998.

“Migration Theory: A Way to Relate and Map What We Think We Know,” paper
presented at The Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Fort Worth,
TX., April, 1997.

“Multiregional Demography: A Test of Sensitivity to Levels of Migration,” paper
presented at the 19th Annual Applied Geography Conference, Kansas City, MO.,
October, 1996.

“The Delay in Military Base Conversion and Reuse: Waiting for Godot,” invited paper
presented at The International Association of Right Of Ways annual meeting, San
Diego, CA., June, 1996.

“The Delay in Military Base Conversion and Reuse: Waiting for Godot,” paper
presented at The Association of American Geographers annual conference,
Charlotte, NC., April, 1996.

“Beating Swords into Plowshares: The Demographic Implication of Military Base
Realignment, Closures and Reuse,” paper presented at the Fifth International
Conference on Applied Demography, Bowling Green State University, OH.,
September, 1994 (Co-authored with L. Woods).

“Beating Swords into Plowshares: Military Base Realignment, Closures and Reuse:
Methodology and Professional Issues,” paper presented at North American Regional
Conference, International Association for Impact Assessment, Seattle, WA.,
November, 1993 (Co-authored with L. Woods).

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2003 – Present:        Assistant Research Professor and Research Fellow, Rural
Health, Safety and Security Institute, Social Science Research Center, Mississippi
State University, Starkville, Mississippi.

2001 – 2003:         Post-Doctoral Research Associate and Research Fellow, Rural
Health, Safety and Security Institute, Social Science Research Center, Mississippi
State University, Starkville, Mississippi.

1999 – 2001:         Faculty in Residence, Hughes Residential College, University of
Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas.

1998 – 2001:         Geography Instructor, University of Central Arkansas, Conway,
Arkansas.

1995 – 2001:         Ph.D. student and Teaching Assistant, University of Colorado,
Geography Department, Boulder, Colorado.

1992 - Current:         Demographer/Economist, Harland Bartholomew & Associates,
Jacksonville, Florida.

1990-1992:         Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of North Florida
Economics Department, Jacksonville, Florida. Admitted as post-baccalaureate
student in undergraduate economics program.

1988-1990:                 Media Manager, The Hamilton Collection, Jacksonville, Florida.

1985-1988:         Planning Associate and Production Manager, Strategic Planning
Group, Inc., Jacksonville, Florida.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Instructor:  University of Central Arkansas

Principles of Geography (GEOG 1305)
Principles of Geography clustered with Composition 2 (GEOG1305/WRTG 1302)

Instructor:  University of Colorado – Boulder

Introduction to Human Geography (GEOG 1992)
Introduction to Human Geography, Internet/Continuing Education (GEOG 1992)
World Regional Geography (GEOG 1982)
Geographic Information Systems: GIS 1 (GEOG 4103/5103)

Teaching Assistant:  University of Colorado – Boulder

Nature and Society (GEOG 2002)
Population Geography (GEOG 4732)
Geography of Africa (GEOG 4132)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Association of American Geographers
Population Association of America
Southern Demographic Association