Jason Houle

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Sociology
Affiliate, Quantitative Social Science Program

301F Blunt Hall
HB 6104
Quantitative Social Science
PhD, Sociology and Demography The Pennsylvania State University, 2011
MA, Sociology and DemoraphyThe Pennsylvania State University, 2007
BA, University of Maine, Sociology, 2005

Selected Publications

Berger, LM and Houle, JN. "Rising Household Debt and Children’s Socioemotional Well-being Trajectories." Demography Vol 56 Issue 4: 1273–1301

MacKenzie, Todd A., Jason Houle, Steven Jiang, Tracy Onega. "Middle-aged death and taxes in the USA: Association of state tax burden and expenditures in 2005 with survival from 2006 to 2015." PLOS ONE. Published: April 12, 2019 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0214463


Ruining Sun, Amy and Houle, Jason N. "Trajectories of Unsecured Debt across the Life Course and Mental Health at Midlife." Society and Mental Health. First Published December 17, 2018


Houle, Jason and Lonnie Berger. 2017. “Children with Disabilities and Trajectories of Parents’ Consumer Debt Across the Life Course.” Social Science Research 64:184-196.

Houle, Jason and Michael T. Light. 2017. “The Harder They Fall? Race and Sex Specific Suicide Rates in the Foreclosure Crisis.” Social Science & Medicine 180:114-124.

Houle, Jason N., and Cody Warner. 2017. "Into the Red and Back to the Nest? Student Debt, College Completion, and Returning to the Parental Home among Yount Adults." Sociology of Education  Vol. 90:(1) 89-108.

Addo, Fenaba, Jason Houle, and Daniel Simon†. 2016. “Young, Black, and (Still) In the Red: Parental Wealth, Race, and Student Loan Debt.” Forthcoming, Race and Social Problems.
†undergraduate/graduate student mentee

Lonnie Berger and Jason Houle. 2016. “Parental Debt and Child Well-being.” Forthcoming, Pediatrics.

Houle, Jason and Lonnie Berger. 2015. “Is Student Loan Debt Discouraging Home Buying Among Young Adults?” Social Service Review 89:589-621.

Houle, Jason. 2015. “Out of the Nest and Into the Red: The Dynamics of Debt in Young Adulthood.” Pp. 17-30 in Owned, D Hartmann and C Uggen, eds. New York: WW Norton (also appears at The Society Pages http://thesocietypages.org/papers/out-of-the-nest-into-the-red/).

Houle, Jason* and Danya Keene*. 2015. “Getting Sick and Falling Behind: Health and the Risk of Mortgage Default and Home Foreclosure.” Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 69:382-387.
   *author listing is alphabetical

Houle, Jason, J. Michael Collins, and Max Schmeiser. 2015. “Flu and Finances: Influenza Outbreaks and Loan Defaults in U.S. Cities, 2004-2012” Forthcoming, American Journal of Public Health.

Blackstone, Amy, Jason Houle, and Christopher Uggen. 2014. “‘At the Time, I Thought it was Great:’ Age, Experience, and Workers’ Perceptions of Sexual Harassment.” Sociological Spectrum 34:314-337.

Houle, Jason. 2014. “A Generation Indebted: Young Adult Debt Across Three Cohorts.” Social Problems Vol. 61, No. 3 (August 2014), pp. 448-465.

Houle, Jason N and Michael T Light. 2014. "The Home Foreclosure Crisis and Rising Suicide Rates, 2005-2010." American Journal of Public Health June 2014, Vol. 104, No. 6, pp. 1073-1079.

Houle, Jason N. 2014. "Disparities in Debt: Parents Socioeconomic Resources and Young Adult Student Loan Debt." Sociology of Education.  A podcast for this article can be found here.

Houle, Jason. 2014. "Mental Health in the Foreclosure Crisis." Social Science and Medicine 118:1-8.

Barkan, Steven, Michael Rocque and Jason Houle. 2013. "State and Regional Suicide Rates: A New Look at an Old Puzzle." Forthcoming, Sociological Perspectives 56:287-297.

Frisco, Michelle, Jason Houle, and Adam Lippert. 2013. "Weight Gain and Depression Among US Young Women During the Transition to Adulthood." Forthcoming, American Journal of Epidemiology 178:22-30.

Houle, Jason. 2013. "Depressive Symptoms and All-Cause Mortality in a Longitudinal Nationally Representative Sample with Time-Varying Covariates." Psychosomatic Medicine 75:297-304.

Houle, Jason, Jeremy Staff, Jeylan Mortimer, Christopher Uggen, and Amy Blackstone. 2011. "The Impact of Sexual Harassment on Depressive Symptoms During the Early Occupational Career." Society and Mental Health 1:89-105.

Houle, Jason, and Molly Martin. 2011. "Does Intergenerational Mobility Shape Individual Psychology? Sorokin Revisited" Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 29:193-203.

Houle, Jason. 2011. "The Psychological Impact of Intragenerational Social Class Mobility." Social Science Research 40:757-772.

Houle, Jason, Michelle Frisco, and Molly Martin. 2010. "The Image in the Mirror and the Number on the Scale: Weight, Weight Perceptions, and Adolescent Depressive Symptoms." Journal of Health and Social Behavior 51:215-228.

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Speaking engagements

"Mental Health in the Foreclosure Crisis"              April 22, 2013.      (available through the University of Wisconson School of Medicine and Public Health Library)