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James Anderson

Professor of Sociology; Courtesy Faculty, Department of Communication

James Anderson earned his Ph.D. in Education and Sociology from the Johns Hopkins University and joined the faculty at Purdue University in 1970. 

Office: STON 353
Office Phone: (765) 494-4703
Web Site:


Methods, medical education, complex organizations.


Taught (Last two years)

SOC 572 – Comparative Healthcare (Global Perspectives)
SOC 573 – The Human Side of Medicine
SOC 574 – The Social Organization of Healthcare
SOC 681 – Selected Problems of Social Research (Intro to Structural Equation Modeling)

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Positions at Purdue University

2004 to present           Professor of Health Communication
1995 to 1998               Director, Social Research Institute
1994 to Present          Co-Director, Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, Purdue University, Indiana University and University of Colorado
1991 to present           Assistant Director of the AIDS Research Center
1975 to 1978               Assistant Dean for Analytical Studies, School of HSSE (now CLA)
1974 to Present          Professor of Sociology
1971 to 1976               Associate Director, Health Service Research and Training Program,
1970 to 1974               Associate Professor of Sociology and Industrial Engineering

Service to the Profession

American Sociological Association, Chair, Section on Communication and Information Technologies, 2000-2001

American Medical Informatics Association, Chair, Working Group on Ethical, Legal and Social Issues, 1998- 2000

Chair, Quality Improvement Working Group 2003-2005

Editorial Board, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 2000-2005

International Medical Informatics Association, Chair, Ethical, Legal & Social Issues Track for the 10th World Congress, London,UK, 2001

Society for Simulation and Modeling International, Associate Vice President for Simulation in Health Care, 1992-present

Chair and Editor, International Conference on Health Sciences Simulation, 1991-2005

Editorial Board, The Journal of Socio-Economic Planning Sciences

Editorial Board, Current Drug Safety

Honors and Awards

Fellow, American College of Medical Informatics, 2004

Elected, Senior Member, Society for Computer Simulation International, 1998.

Award for the Best Theoretical Paper, American Medical Informatics Association, 1997.

Wyeth-Ayerst/William Campbell Felch, MD Award for Medical Research, 1995.

T. Hale Ham New Investigators Award, Association of American Medical Colleges,1988.

Governor's Award for Outstanding Contributions to the State of Indiana, 1987.

American Association for Medical Systems and Informatics Award for Outstanding Paper Presented at AAMSI Congress 83, San Francisco, May, 1983.


Five Most Important Publications

Anderson, J.G. and Jay, S.J. (Eds).  Use and Impact of Computers in Clinical Medicine,  Invited Volume in the Computers and Medicine Series, Springer-Verlag Publishing Co., New York, Berlin, Heidelberg, Tokyo, 1987, 362 pp.

Anderson, J.G. and Goodman, K.W. Ethics and Information Technology: A Case-Based Approach to a Health Care System in Transition. New York:  Springer, 2002, 213pp.

Anderson, J.G. and Aydin, C.E. (Eds.). Evaluating the Organizational Impact of Health Care Information Systems. New York: Springer, 2005, 341pp.

Anderson, J.G.  "Causal Models and Social Indicators:  Toward the Development of Social Systems Models," American Sociological Review, 38 (June, 1973), 285-301.

Anderson, J.G.  "A Social Indicator Model of a Health Services System," Social Forces, 55 (December, 1977), 661-687.

Two Most  Recent Publications

Anderson, J.G. and Aydin, C.E. (Eds.). Evaluating the Organizational Impact of Health Care Information Systems. New York: Springer, 2005, 341pp.

Anderson, J.G. “Information Technology for Detecting Medication Errors and Adverse Drug Events,” Expert Opinion on Drug Safety, 2004;3(5):449-455.

Extramural Grant Support

Co-Investigator, Establishment of the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, Regrenstrief Foundation, 2004-2007, $3,000,000

Co-Principal Investigator, Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, Purdue University, Indiana University, and University of Colorado, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 2004-2005, $250,000.