Expertise

Research Areas

  • Health and Social Inequities
  • Racism and Disease Risk/Progression
  • Racial Discrimination and Group Identity
  • Inflammation and Biological/Cell Aging
  • Embodiment of Stress

His research focuses on social determinants of health inequities and the embodiment of racism. He studies racism as a social-environmental toxin that shapes the inequitable population-level distribution of disease. As part of this work, he investigates the interplay between social context, developmental period, behavior, and biology, and links to disease susceptibility and progression.

The Society, Health, and Racial Equity (SHARE) Lab serves as a forum for research on health and social equity, and the role of racism in generating and perpetuating injustices in health. As part of this work, we examine multiple ecological levels of influence on health—ranging from broader social forces to the cellular level—using a developmental lens. We examine their interplay in relation to health inequities, which are conceptualized as unjust patterns in the population-level distribution of disease that are avoidable and preventable. Our research addresses underlying social inequities that give rise to poor health outcomes in communities that have been discriminated against, marginalized, and excluded.

Research Projects

  • Uncovering COVID-19 Experiences and Realities (UnCOVER) Study
  • Black Women’s Experiences Living with Lupus (BeWELL) Study
  • Psychobiology of Racial Minority Stress and Cellular Aging
  • Macon Lives Healthier Study
Affiliations

Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Human Sciences, Auburn University
2016

Associate Professor, Department of Social, Behavioral, and Population Sciences, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University
2020

Past Affiliations

Associate Professor, College of Human Sciences, Auburn University
2016 - Present

Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore (past)

Communities
Human Development
Degrees
ScD, Harvard University, Social Epidemiology, 2007
MA, Columbia University, Psychology, 2000
BA, University of Chicago, Psychology and Sociology, 1999