Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Cancer Prevention and Control
Area of Interest
Anissa I. Vines, PhD, researches the underlying determinants of health disparities with interests in community-based research, chronic disease epidemiology and cancer.
She has extensive experience developing and leading initiative to reduce and eliminate health disparities through research engagement with the community; programs to train health disparities scholars; and development and use of innovative research methods and approaches.
Her epidemiological research centers on understanding the effects of stress and coping on chronic disparate conditions such as uterine fibroids, obesity and Type 2 diabetes. She has examined multiple stressors, especially perceived racial discrimination, using the Telephone-administered Perceived Racism Scale that she developed for epidemiologic use. In addition, she uses peer support as an approach in her community-engaged scholarship to address cancer disparities.