Kia L. Davis, ScD. MPH

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Public Health Sciences Division, School of Medicine

Trained as a social epidemiologist, Professor Davis’s research explores how race, socioeconomic position and associated stress intersect to produce health disparities in chronic disease risk factors like obesity and sleep. For more than 10 years, she has been committed to health disparities research, which evolved from health communication research to a focus on social determinants, specifically structural drivers, of observed inequalities to inform social change. She also studies how debt might add to our understanding of racial and socioeconomic disparities.