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Shakira  Suglia


Faculty, Epidemiology

Dr. Suglia’s research examines the impact of social determinants, focusing on violence, housing and neighborhood factors on health across the lifecourse. She is particularly interested in learning how these social factors can affect health through a stress pathway. Her current research examines how stress stemming from multiple social factors impacts cardio-metabolic health outcomes among Puerto Rican young adults living in the South Bronx, NY and the San Juan metro area in Puerto Rico. In this ethnically homogenous population living in two different social contexts, she will examine both factors that exacerbate the social stress and cardiometabolic health relation but also factors that may buffer the impact of stress on health.  Dr. Suglia also leads the Disparities in Biological Aging study, part of the Child Health and Development Studies which examines the associations of childhood and adult socioeconomic status and social stressors on methylation age and telomere length in adulthood. This work can extend our understanding on how stress ‘gets under the skin’ to alter cardiometabolic health and other chronic health conditions.

Contact Information

Department of Epidemiology

Atlanta , GA 30322

School of Public Health

Phone: 404-727-8184

Fax: 404-727-8737


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Areas of Interest

  • Adolescent Health/Child Health
  • Cardiometabolic Diseases
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Community Health & Development
  • Social Determinants of Health


  • ScD 2006, Harvard School of Public Health

Courses Taught

  • EPI 798R: Pre-candidacy Research

Affiliations & Activities

Co-Director of Graduate Studies, PhD Epidemiology Program

Member, American Psychosomatic Society

Member, Society for Epidemiologic Research

Member, American Heart Association

Member, The Obesity Society