College of Professional Studies

Associate Professor Rachel L. Rayburn

Rachel L. Rayburn, Ph.D.20180129-Rayburn-Rachel-JW-03

Associate Professor


  • University of Central Florida Ph.D., 2011, Sociology
  • University of Central Florida M.S., 2008, Applied Sociology
  • Florida State University B.S., 2005, Interdisciplinary Social Science

Research Interests

Professor Rayburn's research interests focus on evaluation research, drug/alcohol use and abuse, qualitative research methods, poverty and homelessness, and criminology.

Selected Publications

Rayburn, Rachel L. “I’m Not An Alcoholic Anymore: Getting And Staying Sober without Twelve Step Meetings,” forthcoming in Addiction Research and Theory.

Rayburn, Rachel L. 2013. “Understanding Homelessness, Mental Health and Substance Abuse through a MixedMethods Longitudinal Approach,” Health Sociology Review, 22:389-399.

Rayburn, Rachel L. and Nicholas A. Guittar. 2013. “This is Where You are Supposed to Be: How Homeless Individuals Cope with Stigma,” Sociological Spectrum 33:159-174.

Grauerholz, Liz, Mandi Barringer, Timothy Colyer, Nicholas Guittar, Jaime Hecht, Rachel L. Rayburn, and Elizabeth Swart. 2013. “Attraction in the Field: What We Need to Acknowledge and Implications for Research and Teaching,” Qualitative Inquiry, 19:167-178.
Rayburn, Rachel L. 2013. “Two Decades and a Category Five Hurricane Later…Tracking Homeless Substances Abusers in New Orleans,” Contemporary Social Science, 8:18-30.

Rayburn, Rachel L., Heili Pals and James D. Wright. 2012. Death, Drugs, and Disaster: Mortality Among New Orleans Homeless, The Journal of Long Term Home Health Care 13:1-11.

Wright. James D. and Rachel L. Rayburn. 2012. Felons and Gun Control, in Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law ABC-CLIO, Second edition.

Wright, James D., Amy M. Donley, and Rachel L. Rayburn. 2012.The Drunk, the Addicted, and the Just Plain Shiftless; Chapter Eight in Wright and Donley, Poor and Homeless in the Sunshine State: Down and Out in Theme Park Nation. Piscataway, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

Rayburn, Rachel L. and Jay Corzine. 2010. Your Shelter or Mine?: Romantic Relationships Among the Homeless, Deviant Behavior 31:756-774.

Rayburn, Rachel L. and James D. Wright. 2010. Sobering Up on the Streets: Homeless Men in Alcoholics Anonymous, Society 47:333-336.

Rayburn, Rachel L. and James D. Wright. 2009. Never Pick a Fight with an Ugly Person, They've Got Nothing to Lose, Society 46:347-349.

Rayburn, Rachel L. and James D. Wright. 2009. Homeless Men in Alcoholics Anonymous: Barriers to Achieving and Maintaining Sobriety, Applied Social Science 3:55-70.

Professional Organizations

American Sociological Association
   Aging and the Life Course
   Alcohol, Drugs & Tobacco
   Inequality, Proverty, and Mobility
American Society of Criminology
Society for the Study of Social Problems
   Division on Crime and Juvenile Delinquency
   Division on Drinking and Drugs
   Division on Poverty, Class and Inequality
Southern Sociological Association
Southwestern Social Science Association
Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana