Brian Grossman, a white smiling man with glasses in his mid 30s, dressed in a purple plaid shirt, green sweater, and brown corduroy blazer.

Brian R. Grossman

Assistant Professor, Disability and Human Development


Office Phone



1640 W. Roosevelt Rd., 712 DHSP

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Office Hours

By appointment


Dr. Brian R. Grossman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He is trained in sociology and public health. His research addresses the personal, familial and social impact of policies that promote justice and equity for older adults and people with disabilities. Dr. Grossman is co-principal investigator (along with Dr. Sandra Magana) for the project to develop a national strategic plan for family support research. He is also currently thinking and writing about how the structure of Medicaid affects the cross-state move experiences of disabled people who use personal assistant services and their families. Dr. Grossman is on the planning committee for the CJE Senior Life LinkAges annual program on disability policy

Service to the Community

I am an active participant in the CJE SeniorLife LinkAges Working Group and the Planning Committee for the annual Policy, Advocacy, and You event in honor of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). I have connected students, faculty, and staff to this event and helped community members learn more about the programming available at UIC and the research produced by DHD faculty.

Leadership in the Profession

Section on Disability and Society, American Sociological Association, Treasurer/Secretary (2016-present)

Section on Disability and Society, American Sociological Association, Membership Chair (2014-2016)

Disabilities Section, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Division Co-Chair (2012-2014)

Rainbow Scholars Group, Gerontological Society of America, Co-Convener (2008-2013)

Notable Honors

2016-17 - Teaching Recognition Program, UIC's Center on the Advancement of Teaching and Learning Communities (TLC)


PhD, Sociology, University of California, San Francisco, 2009
ScM (MPH), Health and Social Behavior, Concentration in Women, Gender and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, 2002
BA, Psychology, Rutgers College; and Communication: the School of Information and Library Science (SCILS), 2000