Dr. Newhart's ongoing interests focus on data collection around the huge social experiment taking place around cannabis and the development of cannabis medicines from a sociological perspective. Other topics of interest include the local food movement, and the sociology of science and technology especially as they relate to culture and behavior. She enjoys researching and writing about the intersection of entrepreneurship, identity, and social movement activism.
Throughout her career, Dr. Newhart has contributed to more than a dozen books as writer, researcher, or editor and developed textbooks and digital products in psychology and the social sciences for Cengage Learning. She is currently an Instructional Designer at Mt San Antonio College, where she contributes expertise in course design and theories of teaching and learning. She continues to teach sociology as an adjunct instructor in southern California where she lives with her husband William Dolphin, her stepsons, and her dogs.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
sociology of health and illness, aging and life course, research methods, social problems, social movements, identity, culture, education, theory, drug policy, online teaching
Medical cannabis, new drug development, alternative medicine, self care in health behaviors, health social movements, local food movements, LGBT movements, fitness and nutrition, activism and social media
Education technology, online teaching and learning, educational technology, instructional design