RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Area(s) of Expertise:
Biostatistics, Epidemiological Sciences
Debbie Barrington earned her MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Boston University in 2000, and her PhD in Epidemiologic Science in 2005 from the University of Michigan where she was a fellow at the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health and the Center for Research in Ethnicity, Culture and Health. Dr. Barrington has research interests that focus on 1) the multi-level and intergenerational socioeconomic determinants of black-white disparities in reproductive and perinatal health within the U.S., and 2) the social determinants of the health of Afro-Caribbean women and their descendants within the U.S. and U.K. Her dissertation examined the socioeconomic conditions of two generations of African-American and White women following U.S. Civil Rights legislation, and assessed the contribution of intergenerational socioeconomic factors on present-day racial disparities in infant low birth weight. Her current work as an RWJ H&SS scholar examines the effects of socioeconomic and psychosocial factors such as racial discrimination on the health of black women within the Caribbean diaspora.