Kia Davis

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Kia L. Davis, ScD, MPH is a social epidemiologist broadly interested in identifying social and structural determinants of health inequities to inform organizational and policy change strategies. Currently, her research program focuses on the mechanisms by which structural racism impacts chronic disease risk, particularly how racial wealth inequality patterns chronic stress and risk factors for cancer and other chronic diseases by 1) improving the measurement of socioeconomic status to include debt indicators and other measures of wealth; 2) understanding the independent and interdependent effects of race and SES on risk factors for cancer and other chronic diseases; 3) examining chronic stress as a potential mediating pathway in the relationship between SES and cancer risk factors, and 4) using statistical methods that allow for complex and dynamic relationships among social determinants of health inequities.

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