About the Author
Peter Conrad is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Brandeis University. His work focuses on the sociology of health and illness, deviance, medicalization, new genetics, and the sociology of ADHD. He has published over 100 articles and a dozen books, including The Medicalization of Society (2007), and most recently, coedited Global Perspectives on ADHD (2018). He received the Lee Founder's Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (for lifetime contributions) and the Leo G. Reeder Award for "outstanding contributions to medical Sociology" from the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. Valerie Leiter is Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at Simmons College. She received the Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars in Disability Studies. Much of her work focuses on children and youth with disabilities, including her book, Their Time has Come: Youth with Disabilities on the Cusp of Adulthood (Rutgers University Press). She has two current projects, one focused on individuals' experiences with autoimmune conditions, and the other on the Food and Drug Administration's regulation of women's health medical devices. Her teaching addresses health and illness, disability, children and youth, and sociological methods.