Julie Ann Baldwin, PhD
Regents’ Professor of Health Sciences
Executive Director of the Center for Health Equity Research
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Dr. Julie Baldwin earned her doctorate in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education in 1991 from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. From 1994-2004, she served as a tenured faculty member at Northern Arizona University, with a joint appointment in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health. She joined the faculty at the University of South Florida College of Public Health in the Department of Community and Family Health in 2005. She returned to Northern Arizona University in August 2015 to direct the Center for Health Equity Research.
Dr. Baldwin’s research over the years has focused on both infectious and chronic disease prevention. Cross-cutting themes which have characterized her work include: utilizing community-based participatory research approaches, working with underserved and/or marginalized populations, and addressing health disparities by developing and implementing culturally centered public health interventions.
As a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, she has made a life-long commitment to serving diverse communities and to advocating for health promotion programs for children, adolescents and families.
Dr. Baldwin has had a consistent program of applied research addressing HIV/AIDS and substance abuse prevention in youth, with a special emphasis on working with American Indian adolescents and their families. She continues to contribute significantly to this field of research today, as the Co-Director of a NIDA Research Education grant, titled the “Culturally Centered Addictions Research Training (C-CART)” program. She recently co-directed two other NIDA-funded projects: the “Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Drug Abuse” and the “Intertribal Talking Circle for the Prevention of Substance Abuse in Native Youth.”
She also currently directs a 5-year NIDCR-funded clinical study to reduce early childhood caries among American Indian children in two communities, and she is the Principal Investigator of the Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative (SHERC), a U54 NIMHD-funded research center for minority institutions.
Finally, she was recently elected to the National Academy of Medicine, after serving for several years on the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice and the Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.