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Whitney Robinson

Whitney Robinson

  • PhD, MSPH
  • Cancer Epidemiology

  • School of Public Health
  • UNC-Chapel Hill
  • 966-7940
  • UNC Directory Search Advanced List Details Whitney Ragan Robinson E-mail: Phone: (919) 966-7940 Position Title: Assistant Professor Department: Epidemiology (4635) Local Location McGavran-Greenberg

Area of Interest

Dr. Robinson is an epidemiologist who specializes in quantitative methodology for studying health inequalities in cancer and obesity incidence.  Her work has shown that childhood obesity is not a major driver of the Black-White disparity in prostate cancer incidence.  She has also found that perinatal poverty and stress may predispose females, more so than males, to adult obesity, and she has used age-period-cohort analysis to predict future trends in obesity prevalence in Millennials. 

Dr. Robinson brings expertise in analysis of observational data, anthropometric data, and the social context of health in young Black men and women. Dr. Robinson will assist in analyzing data in Aim 2 of Project 1, focusing specifically on obesity and basal-like breast cancer. She is an NCI Career Development Award Recipient.

Awards and Honors

2007 - Delta Omega, the honorary public health society

2011 - Abstract Award, Diversity Tour, The Obesity Society annual meeting