Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk


Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk.

Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk


Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk


Research Interests

Medical Sociology; Demography; Chronic Pain; Criminal Justice; Research Methods

Contact Information

430 Park Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260

Phone: 716) 645-8480



Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk, PhD, is a medical sociologist and demographer. Her current research focuses on chronic pain:  its measurement, its social distribution, and its consequences (including opioid use and mortality).  She is principal investigator on a five-year, National Institute on Aging-funded project on “The Demography of Chronic Pain:  A Population Approach to Pain Trends, Pain Disparities, and Pain-Related Disability and Death” (1R01 AG065351; 2020-2025).  Dr. Grol-Prokopczyk also conducts research on how surveys can best generate interpersonally and internationally comparable measures of subjective health conditions, and on U.S. counterterrorism policy. Her work has appeared in journals including DemographyJournal of Health and Social BehaviorJournal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, and PAIN.  Dr. Grol-Prokopczyk is an associate professor of Sociology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY.


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, 2013
  • MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007 
  • MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006 
  • AB cum laude, Harvard University, 1996

Recent Courses

  • SOC 294 Basic Statistics for the Social Sciences (undergraduate)
  • SOC 322 Medical Sociology (undergraduate)
  • SOC 378 Social Inequalities and Health (undergraduate)
  • SOC 504 Introductory Statistics for Social Science (graduate)
  • SOC 541 Sociology of Health and Illness (graduate)