Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research
Junior Faculty RFAs
Julie Ober Allen
NIA Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research
Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Exercise Science at the University of Oklahoma
Ph.D., Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan
MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan
B.A., Cultural Anthropology, Northwestern University, Amherst College
More about Julie Ober Allen
Dr. Allen’s research seeks to better understand and address the complex interactions between contextual, psychosocial, biological, and behavioral factors involved in stress and coping processes that contribute to disparities in chronic disease among older U.S. adults, with an emphasis on the health of Black men. Her current projects investigate the characteristics of stressor exposure (e.g., timing in the life course, number, severity, chronicity, life domain) most salient for biobehavioral stress processes, such as HPA axis dysregulation and self-regulatory coping behaviors (e.g., responding to stressors by eating high sugar/fat foods, smoking, exercising, meditating). She is also examining how these biobehavioral processes contribute to development, progression, and disparities in cardiovascular, metabolic, and mental health outcomes among midlife and older adults.
DeAnnah R. Byrd
WSU-IOG Postdoctoral to Faculty Transition (PFT) Fellow, Wayne State University
Ph.D., Community Health Sciences, 2017, Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles
More about DeAnnah R. Byrd
Dr. Byrd’s early career work examined health disparities over the life course and identified Black and White differences in trajectories of cognitive abilities using the Americans Changing Lives Survey. This formed the basis for her research on elucidating racial disparities in adult cognition and for her recent K01 submission examining the roles of hypertension, stress, and coping in the cognitive health of African Americans.
Dr. Byrd has published in several journals, including Maternal and Child Health Journal, Journal of American College Health, Preventing Chronic Disease, SSM – Population Health, Journal of Aging and Health, and Research in Human Development. She has received multiple awards and recognitions, including the 2020 Postdoctoral Trainee Research Award from Wayne State University, Butler-Williams Scholar Program from the National Institute on Aging (2019), the Diversity & Disparities Professional Interest Area Early Career Award from the Alzheimer’s Association (2019), the James G. Zimmer New Investigator Award from the American Public Health Association (2018), and 3rd place in the poster competition at the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center Annual Research Symposium (2018). Dr. Byrd is an active member of the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (MADRC), the Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD), and the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR), which focuses on education, research, and faculty development.