Anissa I. Vines, PhD

Research Assistant Professor Department of Epidemiology
Associate Director Program on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health Outcomes
Research Fellow Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research

T:(919) 843-1210

266 Rosenau Hall

CB #7435

Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Dr. Anissa I. Vines is an assistant professor and member of the social epidemiology program at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health and a research fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. As associate director of the Program on Ethnicity, Culture and Health Outcomes within the Gillings School, she directs education, research and community programs related to health disparities.

Some of Dr. Vines' administrative activities have included: the Interdisciplinary Health Disparities Certificate Program; pilot research grants; community-academic partnership development and research engagement.

Her epidemiological research centers on understanding the effects of stress and coping on chronic disparate conditions such as uterine fibroids, obesity and Type 2 diabetes. She has examined multiple stressors, especially perceived racial discrimination, using the Telephone-administered Perceived Racism Scale that she developed for epidemiologic use.

Representative Courses

Introduction to Public Health (SPHG 600)

Teaching Interests

Dr. Vines teaches Introduction to Public Health (SPHG 600) for graduate students in the Gillings School. In addition, she serves as a course instructor for the Interdisciplinary Seminar on Health Disparities. She has given numerous invited lectures on health disparities.

Research Activities

Dr. Vines' research centers on understanding the underlying determinants of health disparities with interests in community-based research, chronic disease epidemiology and cancer.

Service Activities

Dr. Vines has served on several university committees since 2002. Currently, she is a Provost-appointed member of the advisory board for the Institute for African American Research. Dr. Vines has extensive service to Orange County, N.C. as an At-Large member and chair of the Board of Health. She also served on the School Health and Advisory Council.

Staff/Administrative Duties
Associate Director: Program on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health Outcomes

Co-Director: Carolina Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities

Certificate Administrator: Interdisciplinary Health Disparities Certificate (Program on Ethnicity, Culture and Health Outcomes)
Key Publications

Development and reliability of a Telephone-Administered Perceived Racism Scale (TPRS): A tool for epidemiological use. Donna Baird, Michael Bohlig, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Maya McNeilly, June Stevens, Anissa Vines (2001). Ethnicity and Disease, 11(2), 251-262.

Associations of abdominal fat with perceived racism and passive emotional responses to racism in African American women. Donna Baird, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Kathleen Light, Maya McNeilly, June Stevens, Anissa Vines (2007). American Journal of Public Health, 97(3), 526-530.

Connecting community with campus to address cancer health disparities: a community grants program model. Paul Godley, Michelle Manning, Crystal Meyer, Randall Teal, Anissa Vines (2011). Progress in community health partnerships : research, education, and action, 5(2), 207-212.

The association between self-reported major life events and the presence of uterine fibroids. Denise Esserman, Myduc Ta, Anissa Vines (2010). Women's Health Issues, 20(4), 294-298.

Self-reported daily stress, squelching of anger and the management of daily stress and the prevalence of uterine leiomyomata: The ultrasound screening study. Donna Baird, Denise Esserman, Thu Nguyen, Myduc Ta, Anissa Vines (2011). Stress and Health, 27(3), e188-e194.


PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002

MS, Biometry, Louisiana State University, 1994

BS, Statistics (minor in Mathematics), Xavier University of Louisiana, 1994