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

Samaah  Sullivan


Faculty, Epidemiology

Subject Area Expertise:  Cardiovascular epidemiology; health inequities; bio-psychosocial influences.  To date, I have pursued research in three inter-related areas: 1) social inequality and disadvantage; 2) psychosocial stress; and 3) biological stress reactivity.  I have applied these three research streams to understand health disparities with a particular emphasis on cardiovascular health and women.  My research has covered aspects such as adverse neighborhood environments and socioeconomic disadvantage; discrimination; and physiological stress perturbations.

Methodological Expertise:  Epidemiological methods, epidemiologic study design and analysis, advanced research methods, mediation analysis, social epidemiology, multilevel analysis, longitudinal data analysis.


Education & Degrees:

  • 2016-2018, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Epidemiology, Emory University 
  • 2015-2016, Postdoctoral Researcher, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • 2011-2015, PhD Epidemiology, LSU Health Sciences Center
  • 2006-2008, MPH, LSU Health Sciences Center
  • 2002-2006, BA Anthropology, Indiana University
  • 2002-2006, BS Biology, Indiana University

Academic Honors, Fellowships, & Scholarships:

  • 2019, Annual NIH BIRCWH Meeting Podium Speaker
  • 2019-2021, NIH/NHLBI Loan Repayment Award
  • 2018-2020, Emory Univeristy K-12 BIRCWH Scholar
  • 2018, American Psychosomatic Society Scholar Award Travel Scholarship
  • 2016-2018, T32 METRIC Post-doctoral Fellowship, Dept. of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
  • 2011-2015, PhD Fellowship & Assistantship, Epidemiology Program, LSUHSC School of Public Health 
  • 2006-2008, MPH Fellowship, Behavioral & Community Health Program, LSUHSC School of Public Health
  • 2002-2006, Dr. Cecil E. and Mrs. Gladys Johnson Undergraduate Scholarship
  • 2002, Dr. Green Undergraduate Scholarship
  • 2002, Makeever Undergraduate Scholarship

Areas of Interest

  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Women’s Health

Affiliations & Activities

Emory University K-12 BIRCWH Scholar,