Jeffrey Lentz, MS, CPG

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
Term: 2019 - 2020

University Of North Georgia

3820 Mundy Mill Rd
Oakwood, GA 30566
Email: Jeffrey.lentz@ung.edu

Jeffrey Lentz, MS, CPG is a doctoral student in sociology at Georgia State University. He is currently working on his dissertation entitled, “When the Rainbow Turns Silver: Minority Stress, the Disablement Process, and the Aging with Pride Study. The purpose of the proposed dissertation is to understand the relationship between minority stress and disability among sexual and gender minorities (SGM), and the mediating effects of access to health care, participation in wellness activities, and substance abuse on this relationship. The following questions guide this research: (1) Does minority stress increase or decrease disability for SGM adults 50 years, and older; (2) Are there sexual and gender subgroup differences with the relationship between minority stress and disability between SGM adults 50 years and older; (3) Are there racial and ethnic group level differences with the relationship between minority stress and disability; (4) Does access to health care mediate the relationship between minority stress and disability; (5) Does substance mediate the relationship between minority stress and disability; and (6) Do wellness activities mediate the relationship between minority stress and disability. To answer my research questions, I will use data from the Aging with Pride Study to perform OLS analyses. I will test the disablement process model (Verbrugge and Jette 1994) through an intersectional lens (Crenshaw 1991) to gain a better understanding of the aging process and health among older SGM adults. Jeffrey’s research interested include Sexual and Gender Minority Aging and Health, Life Course, and Gender and Sexuality.

Jeffrey holds a masters in sociology from Southern Connecticut State University, a graduate certificate in gerontology from Georgia State University, and is pursuing a professional counseling certificate at Post University. Jeffrey is also the Student Representative-Elect for the Southern Gerontological Society and will be the Student Representative for the coming year. He also manages the Aging and the Life Course (American Sociological Association) section’s Facebook Group. In addition to pursuing his doctoral degree, Jeffrey is a Lecturer at the University of North Georgia in the Sociology and Human Services department and an affiliate faculty member in Gerontology. He teaches a variety of courses in sociology, human services, and gerontology including Resources for the Aging Population, Death, Society, and the Human Experience, SGM Aging, Human Service Delivery in Small Groups, and multiple sections of introduction to sociology and introduction to social problems.

Professional Memberships:

Gerontological Society of America

American Sociological Association

American Counseling Association

Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education

Southern Gerontological Society

Southern Sociological Society

Georgia Sociological Association