Division of Health Management and Policy
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- PhD, Gerontology, University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology
- MPH, Health Systems Management, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
- Minority health, Black health & aging
- Stress & health
- Racial/ethnic health disparities
- Biomarkers of aging in diverse populations
- Minority representation in genomics research
Dr. Brown’s research takes a fresh approach to examining race/ethnic differences in late life health and wellbeing. Her work aims to characterize not only the unique challenges minorities face in reaching old age (including disability, disease, and consequences of adversity), but also examines and fosters methods that embolden the positive outcomes and protective resources gained from adverse experiences among minority communities. Her work provides a novel way to understand the minority experience, reflecting on how responses to stress reflect the different ways minority groups cope with stress and adversity.
Currently, Dr. Brown is training to conduct independent research projects that thoughtfully integrate race/ethnicity, stress, ancestry, and molecular biomarkers, with a particular interest in the epigenetics of aging. Her long term goals are to expand the utility of biomarkers in diverse populations and increase minority representation in genomics research, recognizing that the inclusion of diverse populations is essential to fully understand the roles stress and human genetic variation have on health and disease.
For a list of current publications, please visit Google Scholar