Lab Director

Naa Oyo A. Kwate, Ph. D

Associate Professor, Departments of Human Ecology and Africana Studies

Naa Oyo A. Kwate is Associate Professor in the Departments of Africana Studies and Human Ecology at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She is also Associate Director of the Center for Race and Ethnicity. Previously she was Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. She is a product of the Chicago Public Schools, Carleton College (B.A., psychology) and St. John's University (Ph.D., clinical psychology). She completed post-doctoral training in cancer prevention and control at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.

Dr. Kwate's research centers on social determinants of African American health, investigating how urban built environments reflect racial inequalities in the United States, how racism directly and indirectly affects African American health, and studying the determinants of social determinants. She is a recipient of a National Institutes of Health Director's New Innovator Award (2009) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Investigator Award in Health Policy (2008). Her research has also been funded by the RWJF Healthy Eating Research Program, RWJF New Connections, and the Department of Defense, Breast Cancer Research Program.

Department Links

Human Ecology
Africana Studies
Center for Race and Ethnicity
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research

Current funders:
The National Institutes of Health
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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