Natalie D. Crawford, Ph.D.

Natalie D. Crawford has a PhD in Epidemiology from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Natalie’s broad research interests are examining the social forces that create and perpetuate racial and ethnic disparities in health. Natalie’s research has focused on the influence of education, income, poverty, social discrimination and neighborhood environment on a host of health outcomes including, but not limited to, illicit drug use, depression, obesity and cardiovascular disease. 

During her tenure as a Project Director at the New York Academy of Medicine and Columbia University, Natalie wrote several grants that received funding from the National Institutes of Health that aimed to understand and improve risky health behaviors including sexual and drug use practices and various related health outcomes among marginalized populations. In addition to grant development and writing, Natalie also holds an extensive amount of experience in research implementation including primary data collection, community based participatory research, community interventions, statistical analysis, data interpretation and manuscript development.

Currently, Natalie is an assistant professor at Georgia State University.  She was a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the University of Michigan 2012 - 2013. As a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar, Natalie expanded on her dissertation research, which examined how various forms of social discrimination can isolate individuals into riskier social relationships that may pose an increased risk to their health. 

Her dissertation proposed a plausible explanation for the persistent racial and ethnic disparities in HIV prevalence despite lower individual risk taking behaviors among racial and ethnic minorities. She argues that it is not necessarily how many sexual and drug use risk behaviors one engages in, but with whom the risk behaviors are performed with, that influences HIV risk and disease transmission. Examining how discrimination can influence material risks (e.g., low education, lack of access to health care) and resources (e.g., personal physician access, health knowledge) in one’s social network could help explain persistent disparities in health behaviors and health outcomes. 

Since social relationships are a function of our physical environment and proximity to individuals, she is also exploring the intersection of contextual neighborhood features and drastic changes in the socioeconomic fabric of neighborhoods on racial and ethnic disparities in health.

Natalie D. Crawford, Ph.D. Assistant Professor at Georgia State University

Natalie D. Crawford, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor at Georgia State University

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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