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Joëlle Atere-Roberts a PhD Candidate in social epidemiology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She holds a B.S in Biology from Agnes Scott College and an MPH from Georgia State University. Before beginning her doctoral program, Joelle worked as an ORISE Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she focused on initiatives to address health disparities in cancer prevention and control.

Her current research interests have health equity at its core and aims to understand how social factors underpin racial and ethnic differences in disease outcomes. Her dissertation aims to measure structural racism over the life course and examine its relationship to poor cardiometabolic health outcomes later in life. Joëlle's other research interests include the impact of social and structural factors on women’s health, specifically, reproductive and gynecologic health outcomes, and cancer outcomes. Her research is currently supported by the Biosocial NIH T32 Training Program at the Carolina Population Center.

Research Interests

  • Structural racism
  • Social epidemiology
  • Reproductive & gynecologic health
  • Breast & cervical cancer


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