I am gay and I am an associate professor of epidemiology.//
I’m a social and spatial epidemiologist. My research broadly seeks to understand how social and contextual factors especially neighborhood characteristics influence population health. My work has an emphasis on minority health, intersectionality and health disparities, especially among sexual and gender minority populations and in particular Black gay, bisexual and other sexual minority men (SMM) and transgender women of color. I am PI of two prospective cohort studies. The N2 (Neighborhoods and Networks) Cohort Study is a cohort study including 600 Black SMM in Chicago IL, Jackson MS, and New Orleans and Baton Rouge LA. The TURNNT (Trying to Understand Relationships, Networks and Neighborhoods among Transgender women of color) Study is a cohort of 300 HIV-negative Black, Latina and Asian-Pacific Islander trans women in New York City. My research and that of the field of spatial epidemiology is summarized in my co-edited book Neighborhoods and Health (2nd edition) with Ichiro Kawachi (Oxford University Press, 2018). My second co-edited book The Social Epidemiology of Sleep with Ichiro Kawachi and Susan Redline focuses on social factors, such as neighborhoods and sexual/gender minorities, as they relate to sleep health (Oxford University Press, 2019). I really enjoy my job and am very luck to work in a supportive environment that values diversity, equity and inclusion.