Dr. Nicole Wolfe

  • Lecturer in Sociology
  • Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco

Contact Information

Email: nicole.wolfe@sonoma.edu
Fax: 707.664.3920
Office: Stevenson 2084

Areas of Expertise

Qualitative research, Medical Sociology, Pharmaceuticals, Social control, Health policy

Academic Interests

Dr. Nicole Wolfe is a Medical Sociologist with extensive research experience working on qualitative and mixed methods projects. She has directed research studies in a broad range of areas including pharmaceuticals and clinical trials, illegal substance use and abuse, occupational safety, and women’s health. She also completed a systematic review of policy interventions aimed at reducing exposure to environmental hazards. Dr. Wolfe’s dissertation was a qualitative case study of the development and promotion of the Gardasil vaccine.

Courses Offered

  • SOCI 300: Sociological Research Methods
  • SOCI 340/ CCJS 350: Drugs and Society
  • SOCI 452: Healthcare, Illness, and Society
  • SOCI 498: Senior Seminar: Medical Sociology

Selected Publications 

  • Apollonio, D., Wolfe, N., Bero, L. (2016) Realist review of policy intervention studies aimed at reducing exposures to environmental hazards in the United States. BMC Public Health. 16(1): 822.
  • Wheeler, S., Greenberg, M., Mahlmeister, L., Wolfe, N. (2015) Safety of Clinical and Non-Clinical Decision Makers in Telephone Triage: A Narrative Review. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 21(6): 305-322.
  • Wolfe, N., Gøtzsche, P., Bero, L. (2013) Strategies for obtaining unpublished drug trial data:  A qualitative interview study. Systematic Reviews, 2(31). http://www.systematicreviewsjournal.com/content/2/1/31
  • Kelly, K., Wolfe, N., Gibson, M.J., Feinberg, L. (2013). Listening to Family Caregivers: The Need to Include Caregiver Assessment in Medicaid Home and Community-Based Service Programs. AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington DC.


  • Showstack, J., Wolfe, N. (2011). A retrospective review of the chronic care programs of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Final report for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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