Natalie Ingraham, PhD, MPH Faculty Profile

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Natalie  Ingraham, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology

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My current research focuses on the intersections of LGBTQI+ health and reproductive health. I have also conducted qualitative research on gender and reproductive health as a staff research associate at Advancing New Standards in Reproduction Health (ANSIRH) at UCSF and in the Dept. of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley. I'm interested in the intersections of body size, gender, sexuality and health. I completed a BS in Psychology from University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and earned Master of Public Health degree from Indiana University. More information including my teaching and publication/research experience can be found at

Medical sociology, body size, gender, LGBTQI+ studies, health disparities, mixed methods.

  • PhD in Sociology, University of California, San Francisco
  • Master's in Public Health, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • BS in Psychology, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Spring Semester 2023
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampus
SOC 34001Sociology of GenderMW10:00AM11:40AMMI-3092Hayward Campus
SOC 49001Independent StudyARRWEB-ASYNCHOnline Campus
SOC 49902Sociology Capstone ProjectTU6:00PM9:45PMWEB-SYNCHOnline Campus

Selected Journal Articles

Ingraham, N. & Boero, N. 2019. “Thick Bodies, Thick Skins: Reflections on Two Decades of Sociology in Fat Studies”. Fat Studies.

Ingraham, N. 2018. Perceptions of Body Size and Health among Older Queer Women of Size Following Participation in a Health Program. Journal of Culture, Health & Sexuality. Online first.

Ingraham, N., Erin Wingo, & Sarah Roberts. 2018. Inclusion of LGBTQ Persons in research related to pregnancy risk: A cognitive interview study. BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health. Online first.

Ingraham, N., Harbatkin, D., Lorvick, J., Plumb, M. & Minnis AM. 2016. Women’s Health and Mindfulness (WHAM): A Randomized Intervention among Older Lesbian/Bisexual Women. Health Promotion & Practice.

Ingraham, N. Magrini, D. Brooks, J. Harbatkin, D., Radix, A. Haynes, SG. 2016. Two Tailored Provider Curricula Promoting Healthy Weight in Lesbian and Bisexual Women. Women’s Health Issues, 26: S36-S42.

Ingraham, N., Pratt, V., & Gorton, N. Counting Trans* Patients: A Community Health Center Case Study. 2015. Transgender Studies Quarterly, 2(1): 136-147

Eliason, M., Ingraham, N., Fogel, S., Lorvick, J., Maurey, D.R., McElroy, J., & Haynes, S. 2015. A Systematic Review of the Literature on Weight in Sexual Minority Women. Women’s Health Issues, 25(2):162-75. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2014.12.001.

Satinsky, Sonya. & Ingraham, Natalie. 2014. At the intersection of Public Health and Fat Studies: Critical perspectives on the measurement of body size. Journal of Fat Studies, 3(2). DOI: 10.1080/21604851.2014.889505.

Ingraham, Natalie., Roberts. Sarah & Weitz, Tracy. 2014. Prior Family Planning Experiences of Obese Women Seeking Abortion Care. Women’s Health Issues, 24(1), e125-e130.          

Ingraham, Natalie. 2013. Queering Pornography Through Qualitative Methods. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches. 3969-3992

Book Chapters in Edited Volumes

Ingraham, Natalie. 2019. “Health at Every Size (HAES™) as a Reform (Social) Movement within Public Health: A Situational Analysis”. Book Chapter in The Body & Embodiment Handbook, Ed. Natalie Boero & Kate Mason. Oxford University Press.

Ingraham, Natalie. 2015. “Queering Porn: Gender and size diversity within SF Bay Area Queer Pornography". Fat Sex: New Directions in Theory and Activism. Ed. Caroline Walters and Helen Hester. London: Routledge.

Selected presentations:

2016    Ingraham, N. Out of Touch, Out of Time: Older Queer Women’s Engagement with Fat Acceptance Movements. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA.

2016    Ingraham, N. Health at Every Size (HAES™) as a Reform (Social) Movement within Public Health: A Situational Analysis. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA

2015    Ingraham, N. & Harbatkin, D. Removing barriers for LB women of size using cultural competency & motivational interviewing. Workshop presented at the Gay And Lesbian Medical Association Annual Meeting, Portland, OR,

2015    Ingraham, N. & Eliason, M. Lesbians Should Take the Lead in Removing the Stigma Associated With Body Weight. Association for Women in Psychology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA,

2014    Ingraham, N. Evaluation of provider-led, healthy weight program for lesbian and bisexual women over 40 in the San Francisco Bay Area. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

2014    Ingraham, N. Body size measurements in public health: A social justice & weight stigma perspective. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

2012    Ingraham, N. Risky Bodies, Prenatal Care & Fatness: Early Themes. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY.

2012    Ingraham, N. Queering pornography: Queer activism & sexuality in the Bay Area. National Women's Studies Association Annual Meeting, Oakland, CA

2012    Ingraham, N. & Dworkin, S. Food and Framing on the Biggest Loser. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

2012    Ingraham, N. & Roberts, S. Prior family planning experiences of obese women seeking abortion care. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

2012    Ingraham, N. Embodying Risk: Fatness, Sexuality and Public Health Risk. Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.

2011    Ingraham, N. Sales, P. Duerte-Ludwick, M. Murphy, S. Prescription Drug Sales: Stigma & Dealer Identity. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

2010    Ingraham, N. Queering pornography: Narratives of participation and diversity in queer pornography. Qualitative Inquiry Congress, Champagne-Urbana, Illinois.

2010    Ingraham, N. Is MySpace A Queer Space: Methods for Instant Message Interviews in a Qualitative Analysis of GLB Youth and Social Networking Website Use in Relation to Well-Being. Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.

2019-2020       CSU East Bay Faculty Support Grant ($5026) – Project: “Exploring the increase of transgender health care in family planning clinics in the United States – Patient Perspectives”

2017-2018       CSU East Bay Faculty Support Grant ($4800) – Project: “Exploring the increase of transgender health care in family planning clinics in the United States – Staff Perspectives”

Sociologists for Trans Justice Mentoring Committee, American Sociological Association, 2016-present
Program Committee, ASA Body/Embodiment Section, 2019

CSU East Bay Finishing a Scholarly Project: Feedback Faculty Learning Community, Co-Faculty in Residence (with Albert Gonzalez), 2019-2020
CSU East Bay Sociology Department Faculty Search Committee Chair, Mental Health Specialist, 2019
CSU East Bay Committee on Research Faculty Authors Rights Taskforce, 2018-present
CSU East Bay Sociology Department Curriculum Committee, 2018-present
CSU East Bay Committee on Research, 2018-2020

2019 USAO Young Alumni Award