Lindsay Fernandez-Rhodes

Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health

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    Research interests

    Dr. Fernández-Rhodes is a trained epidemiologist with experience in the areas of Genetic, Epigenetic, and Social Epidemiology. Her interdisciplinary research program seeks to 1) elucidate the complex etiology of chronic diseases, and 2) identify drivers of health disparities in the United States, both across the life course and across generations. To this aim, she leads a vibrant lab that conducts bio-psychosocially integrated studies of reproductive and cardiovascular traits in under-studied and marginalized populations, such as United States Hispanic/Latino immigrants and their families. They use a variety of traditional epidemiologic and family-based genetic methods to describe the intergenerational patterning of genetic, epigenetic and societal risk factors and their cumulative impact on health across the life course.

    Teaching and educational interests

    Dr. Fernández-Rhodes teaches a number of courses/workshops in epidemiologic, research methods. In addition, she is actively involved in educational opportunities that promote diversity & inclusion in higher education.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action

    Education/Academic qualification

    Epidemiology, Global Health Certificate, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


    Epidemiology, MSPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


    Biology, BS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


    External positions

    Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    2019 → …

    Inducted Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health

    2016 → …


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