Research Projects

Uncovering COVID-19 Experiences and Realities (UnCOVER) Study

The UnCOVER Study examines how people’s experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic—including experiences of illness and bereavement, coping behaviors, disruptions to work and housing, impact on income, and family life, among others—have been unfolding along racial lines.

Black Women’s Experiences Living with Lupus (BeWELL) Study

This study investigates psychobiological mechanisms through which racism-related psychosocial stressors exacerbate lupus among African American women. It is the most in-depth investigation of the multifactorial nature of psychosocial stress and their impact on disease progression among African American women with lupus.

Psychobiology of Racial Minority Stress and Cellular Aging

This project is aimed at integrating research on biomarkers of inflammation, endocrine stress markers, and leukocyte telomere length (LTL) in epidemiologic studies of racism and health.

Macon Lives Healthier Study

African Americans in the rural South face unique environmental and psychosocial stressors that can lead to accelerated aging and poorer health outcomes. This research identifies social factors that are important for health among people in Macon County, Alabama.


Strengths and Stressors Study

(PI: Lisa Bowleg, George Washington University)

This study examines stress at the intersection between sexual identity and socioeconomic position in relation to health and disease risk among Black men.

African American Resilience in Surviving Cancer (ARISE)

(PI: Felicity Harper, Wayne State University)

This study examines health-related quality of life among African American breast and prostate cancer survivors.

Racial Social Structure and Adverse Birth Outcomes

(PI: David Curtis, University of Utah)

This project investigates racial societal stressors as predictors of adverse birth outcomes experienced by Black mothers.

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