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

Samaah  Sullivan


Faculty, Epidemiology

My research applies a biopsychosocial framework to examine biological embedding of social disadvantage and adversity on health disparities.  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 biomarkers of aging by sex/gender and race/ethnicity.  For example, my research has included the study of discrimination and telomere length, neighborhood poverty and hemodynamic response to stress, sex differences in inflammatory response to stress, and social vulnerability and COVID-19.

Subject Area Expertise:  Health disparities, sex/gender, social epidemiology, psychosocial stress, biopsychosocial influences. 

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

Contact Information

1518 CLIFTON RD NE Office 4011

ATLANTA , GA 303224201


Phone: 404-712-0914


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Areas of Interest

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


Courses Taught

  • EPI 594: Adv. Methods in Social EPI