Dr. Julie Ober Allen
Director, Stress and Health Disparities Lab, University of Oklahoma
Adjunct Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics (RCGD), Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
PhD (2018), MPH (2004), in Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, University of Michigan
Post-doctoral training (2018-2020), Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
My program of research seeks to better understand and address the complex interactions between contextual, psychosocial, biological, and behavioral factors involved in stress and coping processes. This work focuses on how these processes contribute to disparities in chronic disease among older U.S. adults. Most of my research to date has focused on racial health disparities, the health of older adult Black men, and chronic diseases associated with stress and aging such as diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, cancers, and multimorbidity. The underlying motivation for my research program is to develop innovative, evidence-based interventions to reduce disparities in chronic diseases among older adults.
What brought you to GREMAP?
The supportive environment of creative social epidemiologists who do both stress biomarker and community-based research, among other things.
What do you like to do outside of work/school?
I just moved to Oklahoma, where I am exploring hiking/backpacking opportunities, restaurants (hopefully), home renovations, and fun things to do locally.