Areas of Scholarship and Research

The Department of Epidemiology has faculty conducting research in the following areas:



Cardiometabolic disease

Environmental Health

Global Health

Health Disparities

Infectious Disease




Perinatal & Reproductive


Quantitative methods

Social determinants of health

Women's health

Affiliated Research Centers

Recent Studies

With a new $3 million grant, researchers will measure and test how resilience may lead to better HIV-related outcomes


PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — With studies showing that African Americans living with HIV disproportionately struggle to remain in care and maintain suppressed HIV RNA levels, a team of public health researchers will look for solutions in a new way: They will systematically and rigorously identify the resources that successful patients draw upon to overcome the pervasive pitfalls that hinder others. 

The ability of some HIV patients to succeed in management of their HIV despite the considerable adversity they face is reflective of a concept called “resilience.” With a new $3 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, a research team led by Brown University School of Public Health assistant professors Chanelle Howe and Akilah Dulin Keita intends to turn the concept into a novel, validated public health measure that may better reflect the experiences of HIV patients and inform new kinds of intervention. READ MORE

Expecting Moms Research Study

The purpose of this study is to learn more about the effect of a mother’s behavior during pregnancy on the health of her baby. If you decide to be a part of the study, there are several parts to it:

Complete a survey on your social background, health history, and behaviors that will take around 15-20 minutes.

Keep a record of your e-cigarette use for a 3-day period, and at the end of the three days, send us a saliva (spit) sample in a pre-paid envelope, using materials that we will provide to you.

Complete another survey 8 weeks after you deliver your baby and allow us to contact your doctor or health department to collect information on your baby’s birthweight and gestational age at birth, and find out if you had high blood pressure and/or diabetes before or during your pregnancy.

The compensation for completing all these study activities is $60. Before we can enroll you in the study, we would like you to answer a few questions to determine if you are eligible. Please click here to access the eligibility questionnaire

Kids and Chemicals: Do They Mix? Probing the health effects of environmental exposures

Recent Publications

The A1C Blood Sugar Test May Be Less Accurate In African-Americans, research by Phd student Beth Lacy

The Hidden Risks of Eating Disorders in Guys, interview by Alison Field

Diet quality low but steadily improving among U.S. kids by Xiao Gu

Early-life exposure to EDCs: role in childhood obesity and neurodevelopment by Joseph Braun

Leisure Time Physical Activity and Cardio-Metabolic Health: Results
From the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil)
by Dr. Simin Liu and PhD student Xiaochen Lin. 

Cocoa Flavanol Intake and Biomarkers for
Cardiometabolic Health: A Systematic Review
and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled
by Dr. Simin Liu and PhD student Xiaochen Lin. 

More Time on Digital Devices Means Kids Less Likely to Finish Homework
Senior Author, Annie Gjelsvik

Risk Factors for Incident Hospitalized Heart Failure With Preserved Versus Reduced Ejection Fraction in a Multiracial Cohort of Postmenopausal Women by Charles B. Eaton

Comparison of self‑report and objective measures of physical activity in US adults with osteoarthritis Shao‑Hsien Liu1 · Charles B. Eaton2,3 · Jeffrey B. Driban4 · Timothy E. McAlindon4 · Kate L. Lapane

Patterns and predictors of medication adherence to lipid-lowering therapy in children aged 8 to 20 years  Nina R. Joyce, PhD, MPH*, Gregory A. Wellenius, ScD, Charles B. Eaton, MD, MS, Amal N. Trivedi, MD, MPH, Justin P. Zachariah, MD, MPH 

Residential Proximity to Traffic-Related Pollution and Atherosclerosis in 4 Vascular Beds Among African-American Adults: Results From the Jackson Heart Study Yi Wang, Gregory A. Wellenius, DeMarc A. Hickson, Annie Gjelsvik, Charles B. Eaton, and Sharon B. Wyatt†