Assistant Professor, Neurology
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My overall research interests lie in understanding the intersectional relationship of biological, sociological, and economic factors to health, disease, and illness in the United States among racial and ethnic groups. I have investigated the relationship between cognitive functioning and mental health and its impact on functional outcomes in those with and without chronic neurological diseases. More recently, this research has expanded to include assessing multilevel factors that influence health (including belief systems) and examining causal mechanisms that may increase the risk of neurodegenerative diseases for minoritized populations. This work is informed by interrogating theoretical perspectives on the historical, social, and economic processes that contribute to health disparities, in addition to ethnomedicinal views and transactional relationships with health institutions. This work employs community-based system dynamics, biomarkers, neurobehavioral markers, and social determinants of health measurement.