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Allana Forde, PhD, MPH

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Allana Forde, PhD, MPH is a former postdoctoral research fellow at the Urban Health Collaborative within the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health. She now works as a Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator position at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She received a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development and Community Health from Tufts University, a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from George Washington University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology from Columbia University.

Dr. Forde's research interests include examining how exposure to race-related stressors and contextual factors contribute to cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular risk factors, with a specific focus on African Americans and Blacks of Caribbean descent. She was awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Research Service Award (NRSA) to conduct her doctoral dissertation research that tested the weathering hypothesis among African Americans and Blacks of Caribbean descent. Currently, she is focusing her research on examining racial discrimination as the primary contributor to disparities in hypertension and health behaviors over time among African Americans in the Jackson Heart Study. Dr. Forde's extensive epidemiologic and health disparities research in the Caribbean and the United States, demonstrates her commitment to health disparities research.