Neighborhoods and the Social Environment

How neighborhoods, communities, and the political/social environment shape access to resources (social, cultural, and economic) linked to health.

Recent Publications

Woo, Bongki, Dale Dagar Maglalang, Samuel Ko, Michael Park, Yoonsun Choi, and David T. Takeuchi. 2020. “Racial Discrimination, Ethnic-Racial Socialization, and Cultural Identities among Asian American Youths.” Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology 26(4):447–59. doi: 10.1037/cdp0000327.

Bell, Nathaniel, Rebecca Wilkerson, Kathy Mayfield-Smith, and Ana Lòpez-De Fede. 2021. “Community Social Determinants and Health Outcomes Drive Availability of Patient-Centered Medical Homes.” Health & Place 67:102439. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2020.102439.

Woo, B., Fan, W., Tran, T. V., Takeuchi, D. T. (2019). Psychological cost of racial discrimination: What is the role of residential segregation? American Journal of Community Psychology.

Child, S. T., Walsemann, K. M., Kaczynski, A. T., Fleischer, N. L., McLain, A. C., & Moore, S. (2018). Personal network characteristics and body mass index: the role of education among Black Americans. Journal of Public Health. doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdy020

Moore, S., & Kawachi, I. (2017). Twenty years of social capital and health research: a glossary. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 71(5), 513-517. doi:10.1136/jech-2016-208313

Current Projects

State Desegregation Efforts and Black-White Disparities in Dementia

Dr. Katrina Walsemann receives Alzheimer’s Association grant to examine how state-level variation in the timing and completeness of school desegregation efforts across the U.S. South relates to Black-White disparities in the prevalence of dementia among older adults.


Bethany Bell, Ph.D.

Bethany Bell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Social Work

Expand the methodological knowledge base of complex statistical procedures to advance health disparities research and reduce health disparities.


Nathaniel Bell, Ph.D.

Nathaniel Bell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Nursing

Pronouns: he/his
Spatial access to healthcare services, social epidemiology, and linked administrative data surveillance.


Bongki Woo, Ph.D.

Bongki Woo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Social and enviornmental determinants of mental health and well-being of people of color.


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