Ashley Crossman


  • Ph.D. in Sociology from Arizona State University 
  • B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Owner, Lead Analyst for Agova Analytics
  • Advanced Analyst and Senior Manager, Tivity Health


Ashley Crossman is a former sociology writer for ThoughtCo. A sociologist with over 15 years of experience in statistical analysis in the health and wellness industry, Ashley currently runs Agova Analytics. 

After completing her doctoral degree, Ashley worked as a health care analyst for several large companies, during which time she developed appropriate methodologies for projects, designed surveys, analyzed and interpreted data, and assisted with manuscript development. She has authored four articles in peer-reviewed journals on health and statistics.


Ashley earned her master's and Ph.D. in sociology from Arizona State University and her B.A. sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. During graduate school, Ashely specialized in social statistics and the sociology of health. Her primary research interest is adolescent obesity, with additional interests in parent-child relationships, substance abuse, and cultural re-immersion for returning war veterans.


ThoughtCo and Dotdash

ThoughtCo is a premier reference site focusing on expert-created education content. We are one of the top-10 information sites in the world as rated by comScore, a leading Internet measurement company. Every month, more than 13 million readers seek answers to their questions on ThoughtCo.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population monthly. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone, and recently Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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