Amani M. Allen (formerly Nuru-Jeter) PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences & Epidemiology
Education: 

PhD - Health and Social Policy/Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins University, 2003
MPH - Maternal and Child Health, George Washington University, 1998
BS - Biology/Neurophysiology, University of Maryland, College Park, 1995

Courses: 
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Principles of Scientific Inquiry & Scientific Writing (doctoral seminar)
  • Research Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Introduction to Community Health and Human Development
Research Interests: 
  • Race and socioeconomic health disparities
  • Intersection of race, socioeconomic position and gender and its role in understanding patterns of racial health inequities
  • Racial discrimination and the psychobiology of stress
  • Place, person-environment interactions, and health
  • Measurement and study of racism as a social determinant of health
  • Mixed methods research
Research Description: 

Dr. Allen's broad research interest is to integrate social, demographic, and epidemiologic methods to examine racial inequalities in health as they exist across populations, across place, and over the life-course. Dr. Allen considers herself to be more "exposure" than "outcomes" focused, which is consistent with her interests in examining social factors such as "race" and "social class" as exposures that serve as the foundation for the creation and preservation of health disparities across a number of outcomes. She is interested in how these social exposures determine life experiences and opportunities differently for different social groups and how those differences become embodied and impact mental and physical health and well being.

Current Projects: 
Selected Publications: 

LaVeist TA and Nuru-Jeter A. “Is Doctor-Patient Race Concordance Associated with Greater Satisfaction with Care?”  Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 2002; 43(3): 296-306. 

LaVeist TA, Nuru-Jeter A, Jones K. “The Association of Doctor-Patient Race Concordance with Health Services Utilization”.  Journal of Public Health Policy. 2004; 24(3,4): 312-323.

Nuru-Jeter A, Williams CT, LaVeist TA. A methodological note on modeling the effects of race: The case of psychological distress. Stress and Health. 2008; 24: 337-350.

Nuru-Jeter A, Parker-Dominguez TP, Powell Hammond WP, Leu J, Skaff M, Egerter S, Jones CP, Braveman P. “It’s the skin you’re in: African American women talk about their experiences of racism. An exploratory study to develop measures of racism for birth outcome studies”. Matern Child Health J 2009; 13(1): 29-39. 

Fuller-Thomson E, Nuru-Jeter A, Minkler M, & Guralnik JM. Black-White Disparities in Disability among Older Americans: Further Untangling the Role of Race and Socioeconomic Status. J Aging and Health. 2009; 21(5): 677-698.

Nuru-Jeter A, LaVeist TA. Racial Segregation, Income Inequality, and Mortality in US Metropolitan Areas. J Urban Health 2011; 88(2):270-282.

Chae D, Nuru-Jeter A, Lincoln K, Arriola K. Racial discrimination, mood disorders, and cardiovascular disease among Black Americans. Ann Epidemiol 2012;22 :104-111.  

Quach T, Nuru-Jeter A, Morris P, Allen L, Shema S, Winters J, Le G, Gomez S. Experiences and perceptions of discrimination among a multi-ethnic sample of breast cancer patients in the San Francisco Bay Area. Amer J Public Health 2012:102:1027-1034.  

Matthews DD, Hammond WP, Nuru-Jeter A, Cole-Lewis Y, Melvin T. Racial discrimination and depressive symptoms among African American men : The mediating and moderating roles of masculine self-reliance and John Henryism. Psych Men Mascul 2013;14(1):35-46.

Chae DH, Nuru-Jeter A, Adler NE. The Association Between Racial Discrimination and Hypertension is Moderated by Implicit Racial Bias: A Study of Midlife African American Men. Psychosom Med 2012;74(9):961-964.

Chae DH, Nuru-Jeter A, Adler NE, Brody GH, Lin J, Epel ES. Racial discrimination, implicit racial bias and telomeric age among African American midlife men. Am J Prev Med. 2014;46(2):103-111.

Nuru-Jeter A, Williams CT, LaVeist TA. Distinguishing the Race-Specific Effects of Income Inequality and Mortality in US Metropolitan Areas. Int J Health Serv. 2014;44(3): 435-456.

Chae DH, Epel ES, Nuru-Jeter A, Lincoln KD, Taylor RJ, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Thomas SB. Discrimination, Mental Health and Leukocyte Telomere Length Among African American Men. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2016 ; 63:10-16.

Chae DH, Powell WA, Nuru-Jeter AM, Foreman TA, Smith Bynum, M, Seaton E, …Sellers R. The Role of Racial Identity and Implicit Racial Bias in Self-Reported Racial Discrimination : Implications for Depression Among African American Men. J Black Psychol. 2017;1-23.

Nguyen TT, Vable AM, Glymour A, Nuru-Jeter A. Trends for encounters with discrimination in health care by a national sample of chronically-ill older adults. J Gen Int Med. 2018 ;33(3):291-297.

Nuru-Jeter A, Michaels EK, Thomas M, Reeves AN, Thorpe R, LaVeist TA. Relative Roles of Race and Socioeconomic Position in Studies of Health Inequalities : A matter of interpretation ? Ann Rev Public Health. 2018;39:169-188.

Nuru-Jeter A, Thomas M, Michaels EK, Reeves A, Okoye U, Price M, Hasson R, Syme SL, Chae DH. Racial Discrimination, Educational Attainment and Biological Dysregulation among Midlife African American Women. Psychoneuroendocrinol. 2019;99:225-235.

Nguyen TT, Vable A, Glymour M, Allen AM. Discrimination in health care and biomarkers of cardiometabolic risk in U.S. adults. Soc Sci Med. [in press]

Petteway R, Mujahid M, Allen A. Embodiment in Place-Health Research: Approaches, Limitations, and Opportunities. J Urban Health. 2019;96(2):289-299.

Pettaway R, Mujahid, Allen A, Morello-Frosch R. The body language of place: A new method for mapping intergenerational ‘geographies of embodiment’ in place-health research. Soc Sci Med. 2019; 223:51-63.

C Giscombe, T Steed, A Allen, Y Li, C Lackey, AR Black. The Giscombe Superwoman Schema Questionnaire: Psychometric properties and associations with mental health and health behaviors in African American women. Iss Mental Health Nursing. 2019. doi: 10.1080/01612840.2019.1584654. [Epub ahead of print]

Michaels EK, Thomas MD, Reeves AN, Price M, Hasson R, Chae DH, Allen AM. Coding the everyday discrimination scale: Implications for chronicity assessment and associations with health among African American women. J Epidemiol Comm Health. 2019;73(6):577-584.

Thomas MD, Michaels EK, Reeves AN, Okoye U, Price M, Hasson R, Chae DH, Allen AM. Differential associations between everyday vs. institution-specific racial discrimination, self-reported health and allostatic load among Black women: Implications for clinical assessment and epidemiologic studies. Ann Epidemiol. 2019. [in press]

Biography: 

Amani M. Allen is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Community Health Sciences, at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Dr. Allen's broad research interest is to integrate concepts, theories and methods from epidemiology and the social and biomedical sciences to examine racial inequalities in health as they exist across populations, across place, and over the life-course. Dr. Allen considers herself to be more “exposure” than “outcomes” focused, which is consistent with her interests in examining social factors such as “race” and “socioeconomic position” as exposures that serve as the foundation for the creation and preservation of health disparities across a number of outcomes. She is interested in how these social exposures determine life experiences and opportunities differently for different social groups and how those differences become embodied and impact mental and physical health and well being.   Dr. Allen’s work uses a mix of quantitative and qualitative data for understanding racial health disparities, informing the measurement of social determinants and addressing concerns related to internal validity challenges in health disparities research.

Dr. Allen is Principal Investigator of the African American Women's Heart and Health Study, which examines the association between social and environmental stressors (e.g., racism stress), cardiometabolic risk, biological dysregulation and cellular aging among African American women in the Bay area; and Co-Principal Investigator of the Bay Area Heart Health Study which examines similar associations among Black men with particular emphasis on implicit racial bias.. Her research has included work on doctor-patient race-concordance; the intersection of race, socioeconomic position, and gender on risk for psychological distress, disability outcomes, adult mortality, and child health and development; racial segregation; income inequality; and racism as a social determinant of health.

Other interests: 
  • Science and Publications Committee, Racism and Health Workgroup, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • American Public Health Association
  • Society for Epidemiologic Research
  • International Society for Urban Health
Profile Updated: May 30, 2019