I am a social and behavioral scientist who examines the social determinants of childhood obesity and cardiovascular disease risk factors among under-served populations in the United States. More specifically, my research examines the roles of neighborhood factors and social stressors that potentially contribute to disparities in obesity and cardiovascular disease factors and the development of interventions to address these social determinants.
Dr. Dulin-Keita is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the Program in Public Health at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Dulin-Keita obtained a PhD in Medical Sociology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2007 and joined Brown University in July of 2012. She is affiliated with the Institute for Community Health Promotion. Dr. Dulin-Keita's work focuses on identifying neighborhood contexts of diet, physical activity and obesity-related comorbidities. She has particular interests in processes of neighborhood dynamics resulting from urban revitalization policies and public health interventions and the potential effects on the aforementioned behavioral and health outcomes. Dr. Dulin-Keita is also interested in using mixed methods approaches to identify culturally appropriate childhood obesity interventions for under-served Asian populations, and examining the roles of psychosocial stressors on health behaviors and cardiovascular disease risk factors.
AKILAH DULIN KEITA, PhD
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