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Sharrelle Barber, ScD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Sharrelle Barber, ScD, MPH is an assistant professor at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health. Her current research interests involve understanding the role of structural racism, including concentrated economic disadvantage and racial residential segregation, in shaping cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk and onset among African Americans with a particular focus on residential environments in the Southern United States. To that end, she has conducted both qualitative and quantitative research in a number of Southern communities including rural, Eastern North Carolina, Mobile, Alabama and Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Barber is currently working on several projects that examine residential segregation and CVD risk in the Jackson Heart Study (JHS) and the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil). As one with a strong passion for social justice, Dr. Barber is committed to conducting research that broadens our understanding of the role residential environments play in shaping health and contributing to health inequities among racial/ethnic minority groups both domestically and abroad. Dr. Barber holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Bennett College for Women, a Masters of Public Health degree in Health Behavior and Health Education from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and a Doctor of Science degree in Social Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.