Whitney Robinson, PhD

Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae
REACH NC (Collexis) Research Profile

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2001 Harvard University AB, biochemical sciences
2004 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill MSPH, epidemiology
2008 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill PhD, epidemiology
Research activities

My research explores how social and physiological factors interact to influence the regulation of energy balance. I am particularly interested in male-female differences in obesity onset. One of my ongoing research projects investigates why socioeconomic position is a stronger predictor of obesity risk in females than males. In another project, I am analyzing age-period-cohort trends in obesity incidence in the U.S. A third line of my research investigates methodology for regression-based modeling in health disparities research.

Research interests

obesity development
epidemiologic methods
health disparities by gender
health disparities by race and ethnicity