Affiliated Graduate Program Faculty Member

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  • Naa Oyo Kwate
  • Associate Professor, Human Ecology and Africana Studies
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  • Naa Oyo A. Kwate is Associate Professor in the Departments of Human Ecology and Africana Studies. 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 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). She has received research funding from the RWJF Healthy Eating Research Program and New Connections and the Department of Defense, Breast Cancer Research Program. Her research centers on determinants of African American health, with particular attention to individual level experiences of identity and inequality, and the intersection of these variables with more distal structural factors. She has conducted research on racial identity, the effects of racism on health, and neighborhood context and food environments in African American communities.