Dr. Linnea Evans
Assistant Professor of Health Sciences
Research Focus: Structural determinants of health, including racism; stress and coping; early-onset chronic health conditions among Black Americans; inequities in adolescence and young adulthood
Background Accordion Closed
Dr. Evans is a mixed-methods researcher whose research broadly examines social exclusion processes that link racial and ethnic minoritized groups to disadvantaged health, particularly through pathways that affect the body’s physiological stress response system. Her work has largely focused on Black Americans, particularly in adolescence and young adulthood.
She received her doctoral degree from the University of Michigan Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, with a concentration in social demography and population studies. Prior to her current position, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Current projects Accordion Closed
Dr. Evans’ primary research interests aim to answer the following questions: 1.) How do social structures and policies dictate the stratification of resources by race/ethnicity, particularly the resource of time in the form of daily time demands and exclusions, 2.) How does this form of stratification contribute to stress and racial inequities in early-onset chronic disease and mental health conditions, and 3.) how do racial/ethnic minoritized communities adapt and work to disrupt these processes.
She currently has projects focused on measuring structural racism in youth; school policies and the health and wellbeing of Black youth; and racial/ethnic inequities in the management of hypertension and pregnancy-related conditions.