Rollins School of Public Health | Faculty Profile
Emory Rollins School of Public Health

Emily ("Em") Lemon, MPH is a PhD Candidate in Behavioral, Social and Health Education Sciences at Emory University. Em's research focuses on the social, political and community contexts that shape health among Latinx immigrant families, with particular focus on the local enforcement of immigration policy on Latinx adolescent mental health. Her interests are in understanding social cognitive mechanisms (e.g., critical conciousness, community connectedness) that link social policies to individual health, and leveraging these as intervention strategies to promote health and wellbeing in Latinx families and communities. Em's engages in mixed-methods and community-based participatory action research to explore and intervene upon ongoing health disparities facing Latinx families in the Nuevo South. Her dissertation research is funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health R36 Dissertation Grant and the Emory Prevention Research Center's Community Engaged Research Mini-Grant. She currently serves as a student representative for the Behavioral, Social and Health Education Sciences serving as a liason and advocate to the Deans Student Advisory Board and BSHES DPC. 


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Atlanta , GA


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Areas of Interest

  • Adolescent Health/Child Health
  • Community Based Research
  • Latino Health
  • Public Health Policy
  • Research Methods
  • Social Determinants of Health


  • Master of Public Health 2015, Emory University
  • Bachelor of Arts 2010, Sewanee University
  • Doctor of Philosophy 2023, Emory University

Affiliations & Activities

  • BSHES Student Representative

  • BSHES DEI Committee - Curriculum Working Group

  • Emory Latinx Studies Working Group

  • NIH/NIMH Fellow

  • Teaching Associate for BSHES 532 Quantitative Data Analysis, BSHES 542 Socio-behavioral Measurement and GH 525 Qualitative Data Analysis 

  • American Public Health Association (APHA)  member

  • Interdisciplinary Assocation for Population Health Sciences (IAPHS)

  • National Hispanic Science Network (NHSN)