Dr. Naa Oyo A. Kwate received her B.A. in Psychology from
Carleton College and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from St.
John’s University. She completed post-doctoral training in cancer
prevention and control at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. She is
currently Associate Professor in the Departments of Human Ecology
and Africana Studies at Rutgers University.
Kwate is a recipient of a National Institutes of Health Director's
New Innovator Award (2009) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's
Investigator Award in Health Policy (2008). She has received
research funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy
Eating Research Program and New Connections and the Department of
Defense Breast Cancer Research Program. Her research centers on
determinants of African-American health, with particular attention
to individual level experiences of identity and inequality, and the
intersection of these variables with more distal structural
factors. She has conducted research on racial identity, the effects
of racism on health, and neighborhood context and food environments
in African-American communities.