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Alexis Dennis, Sociology

My research investigates racial and socioeconomic disparities in health. My dissertation examines how access to material resources (or the lack thereof) contributes to disparities in mental health across the life course, both within and between racial/ethnic groups. I have also contributed to research that examines the health impacts of structural racism, racial and socioeconomic geographic disparities in COVID-19 mortality, and the heatlh implications of incongruent educational environments. Prior to beginning doctoral training, I earned my MPH (Health Behavior) from UNC, and researched HIV, reproductive health, and mental health in domestic and global settings at FHI 360 and the Duke Global Health Institute. In addition to conducting independent and collaborative Sociological research, I continue to collaborate with public health colleagues in the Aiello Research Group.

Research Interests

Social determinants of racial health inequality, mental health, social stratification; life course studies.

Faculty Preceptor(s)

Allison Aiello, Robert Hummer