Katherine Theall, Affiliated Faculty

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Contact: ktheall@tulane.edu

Katherine P. Theall is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is a contributing researcher to the core research and overall mission of the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). Dr. Theall received her MPH in Epidemiology from Emory University School of Public Health and her PhD in Epidemiology from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Before coming to Tulane she worked as an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Public Health. Her research and teaching interests span both practical and theoretical social epidemiology, with a focus on mediators of socioeconomic and racial disparities in women’s health across the life course. Her recent research has focused on race and gender inequities; cumulative environmental stress and health; social epidemiologic theory and methods. She is currently directing several research projects that examine neighborhood and social network contextual influences on behavioral (including physical activity and diet) and clinical outcomes (including obesity and metabolic syndrome), particularly among women, children and African Americans. Dr. Theall has published over 40 peer reviewed papers and presented over 50 scientific talks in her area of research. She has served as grant reviewer for the CDC and a referee for journals such as the American Journal of Public Health, AIDS and Behavior, Journal of Urban Health, Health Promotion and the Journal of Women’s Health. When not at work, Dr. Theall spends her time with her family, including her three toddlers, engaging in hobbies such as adventure racing, reading, volunteering, and enjoying the culture and culinary delights of this great city.

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Analysis Methods


Hierarchical modeling and other spatial analyses in prostate cancer incidence data




Design characteristics of worksite environmental interventions for obesity prevention.

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Food Availability


Policy Briefs


A Question of Access: Addressing Poor Nutrition, Food Availability, and Policy

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