Faculty Profile: Akilah Dulin Keita, PhD

Akilah Dulin Keita, PhD
Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Public Health-Health-Behavioral & Social Sciences
Work: 401-863-5392
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.

Biography

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.

Research Description

My research focuses on identifying neighborhood contexts of diet, physical activity, obesity and obesity-related comorbidities. I have strong 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. I am 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. I also examine the roles of social stressors on physiologic functioning and intervention delivery.

Grants and Awards

2008 Minority Health Research Center Young
Investigator Award, University of Alabama at Birmingham
2008 National Institutes of Health, Health
Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program Award
2008 National Institutes of Health, Travel Award
2009 Minority Health Research Center Young Investigator Health
Disparities Award, University of Alabama at Birmingham
2010 T-32 Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) Training Grant
Postdoctoral Trainee Recipient, University of Alabama at
Birmingham
2011 National Institute on Aging Summer Institute on Aging
Research Workshop recipient
2012 UAB Office of Postdoctoral Education Travel Award

Affiliations

American Sociological Association
The Obesity Society, Section
Endocrine Society
Society of Behavioral Medicine

Funded Research

I am affiliated with the Institute for Community Health Promotion (ICHP).

Teaching Experience

PHP 1600 Obesity in the 21st Century: Causes, Consequences and Countermeasures

PHP 2325: Place Matters: Exploring Community-Level Contexts on Health
Behaviors, Outcomes and Disparities (Proposed)

Courses Taught

  • Obesity in the 21st Century: Causes, Consequences and Countermeasures (PHP 1600)