My research focuses on the social determinants of health inequities and the psychobiology of racism-related stress. As part of this work, I study the interplay between social context, developmental period, behavior, and biology, and links to disease susceptibility and progression. I also investigate how racism at the area-level impacts health and mortality.
I am Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Research, and Director of the Society, Health, and Racial Equity (SHARE) Lab at Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. I am an elected fellow of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, the honorary senior scientist society for those whose research is at the interface of behavior and medicine; Associate Editor of the journal Health Education & Behavior; and on the Editorial Board of Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology. I also serve on several scientific research groups and grant review panels.