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Kara  Suvada

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Kara Suvada (pronouns: she/hers) is a PhD student in Epidemiology at Emory University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of cardiometabolic outcomes (type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases), mental health, social determinants of health, and health services. Her advisor is Dr. Amit Shah and she works with data from the Vietnam-Era Twin Registry to examine outcomes related to PTSD, CVDs, physical activity, and sleep. She also has active collaborations with Emory's Global Diabetes Research Center and works part-time at IQVIA doing evidence synthesis (e.g., systematic literature reviews, meta-analysis). Previously, Kara was a fellow within the Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at CDC (2020-2022).

Prior to coming to Emory for her MPH and PhD, Kara worked at RTI International in Durham, NC. 

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Areas of Interest

  • Cardiometabolic Diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Global Health
  • Health Services Research
  • Mental Health
  • Social Determinants of Health


  • BS 2017, American University
  • MPH 2021, Emory University

Affiliations & Activities

Society for Epidemiologic Research, Member, 2022-current

American Public Health Association, Student Board Member (Science Board, Governing Councilors), 2019-current