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, assistant professor of sociology at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, is a medical sociologist and demographer. Much of her current research focuses on chronic pain: its measurement, its social distribution, and its consequences (including opioid use and mortality).  She is the inaugural chair of an interdisciplinary research group devoted to understanding and addressing social disparities in pain (ADDAPT: Addressing Disparities in the Distribution and Assessment of Pain and its Treatments). 

Prof. Grol-Prokopczyk also conducts methodological research on how surveys can best generate interpersonally and internationally comparable measures of subjective health conditions. Additional research interests include U.S. counterterrorism policy and the effects of celebrity culture on demographic trends. Her work has appeared in journals including DemographyJournal of Health and Social BehaviorJournal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, and Pain


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

Recent Courses

  • SOC 294 Basic Statistics for the Social Sciences (undergraduate)
  • SOC 378 Social Inequalities and Health (undergraduate)
  • SOC 504 Statistics for Social Research I (graduate)
  • SOC 541 Sociology of Health and Illness (graduate)