Joshua Gabriel S. Tobias



  • PhD, Medical Sociology, The University of Alabama at Birmingham (expected 2024)
  • MA, Sociology (w/ a minor in Research Methodology), Saint Louis University
  • BA, Sociology & Anthropology, University of Guam

Research Areas

  • Mental Health/Mental Illness
  • Health Services Research
  • Minority Health Disparities
  • Social Networks & Health
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Research Methodology

Joshua Gabriel S. Tobias (JT) is an instructor and medical sociologist in the Department of Gender and Race Studies at The University of Alabama. His research focuses on mental healthcare utilization and disparities, bridging medical sociology, public health, and health services research. Tobias has co-authored articles in Epilepsy & Behavior and the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, and he has presented his work at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) and the International Sociological Association (ISA). His teaching portfolio includes courses like Social Problems, Medical Sociology, Minority Health, The Sociology of Mental Health and Illness, Mass Media & Crime, Law Enforcement, Human Sexuality, Minority Health, and Introduction to Sociology.

Currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Sociology, Tobias is on track to earn his Ph.D. in 2024 and was selected as a Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Doctoral Scholar (2022-2023). Originally hailing from the U.S. Territory of Guam, he obtained his master’s degree in Sociology from Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri, in 2017.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Joshua came of age in his adoptive home of Guam in Micronesia.