• 5 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
20182019
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Area of Expertise

I am a health disparities researcher whose primary goal is to reduce the observed rates of disparity for preventable chronic conditions, and subsequent negative health outcomes, in marginalized communities through innovative, culturally sensitive research. Specifically, I am interested in identifying barriers to health promoting behaviors in communities of color. My research, which targets modifiable risk factors and identifying knowledge gaps in health information among high-risk populations, advances the overarching public health objective of promoting health equity. This research stems from my interdisciplinary training in public health, health communication, health education and social epidemiology.
Before beginning my career in academia, I worked as a public health practitioner. My experiences as a practitioner afforded me an opportunity to manage grant initiatives with funding ranging from foundations to the federal government. My work in this capacity fostered an appreciation for transdisciplinary collaborative research. I carried that appreciation to the Transdisciplinary Center for Health Equity Research at Texas A&M, where I was able to collaborate with researchers across the university to investigate complicated health issues, like obesity prevention in racial minority youth. Similarly, during my postdoctoral work at the Center for Health Ecology and Equity Research I had an opportunity to work with researchers from various disciplines as a part of Auburn’s health disparities research initiative. There my work focused on the roles of racism-related stress and hypervigilance on health outcomes for African American women with systemic lupus erythematosus. I plan to leverage my transdisciplinary training to work with researchers throughout the University of North Texas system to investigate and address health disparities in Texas.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Health Education, Texas A & M University

MA in Speech Communication, University of Houston

BA in Public Relations, Louisiana State University

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African Americans Medicine & Life Sciences
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Racism Medicine & Life Sciences
Feeding Behavior Medicine & Life Sciences
middle class Social Sciences
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2018 2019

  • 5 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 5 Article

Cancer survivors' experiences with breakdowns in patient-centered communication

Street, R. L., Spears, E. C., Madrid, S. & Mazor, K. M., 1 Feb 2019, In : Psycho-Oncology. 28, 2, p. 423-429 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Physician-Patient Relations
Survivors
Communication
Neoplasms
Delivery of Health Care

Racial Discrimination, Disease Activity, and Organ Damage: The Black Women's Experiences Living with Lupus (BeWELL) Study

Chae, D. H., Martz, C. D., Fuller-Rowell, T. E., Spears, E. C., Smith, T. T. G., Hunter, E. A., Drenkard, C. & Lim, S. S., 1 Aug 2019, In : American Journal of Epidemiology. 188, 8, p. 1434-1443 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Racism
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Confidence Intervals
Skin Ulcer
Exanthema
4 Citations (Scopus)

Children’s healthy eating habits and parents’ socio-demographic characteristics in rural Texas, USA

Chen, X., Cisse-Egbuonye, N., Spears, E. C., Mkuu, R. & McKyer, E. L. J., 1 Jun 2018, In : Health Education Journal. 77, 4, p. 444-457 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Feeding Behavior
Parents
Demography
Hispanic Americans
Food

Diabetes Prevention for African-Americans: a Scoping Review

Spears, E. C., Foster, M. J. & Bonner, T. J., 1 Oct 2018, In : Journal of racial and ethnic health disparities. 5, 5, p. 947-965 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

African Americans
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
chronic illness
Research
Education
1 Citation (Scopus)

Measuring Type 2 diabetes mellitus knowledge and perceptions of risk in middle-class African Americans

Spears, E. C., Guidry, J. J. & Harvey, I. S., 1 Feb 2018, In : Health Education Research. 33, 1, p. 55-63 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
African Americans
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
chronic illness
middle class
Weight Perception