We focus on promoting physical, mental, and social well-being in communities that are particularly vulnerable to poor health outcomes.

Research Interest :

  • Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Social Inequalities, Racism, and Health
  • Racial Discrimination and Group Identity
  • Psychoneuroimmunology and Cell Aging
  • Stress Physiology

Current Research Projects:

  • Psychosocial Stress and Lupus Among African American Women
  • Psychobiology of Racial Minority Stress and Cellular Aging
  • Interdisciplinary Rural African American Aging Research
  • Contemporaneous and Early Life Predictors of Sleep and Sleep Disparities Among College Students
  • Reducing Black Men’s Drug Use and Co-Occurring Negative mental and Physical Health Outcomes: Intersectionality, Social - Structural Stressors, and Protective Factors
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)

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