Welcome to the Social Epidemiology Research Group in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health. The goal of our research is to effectively address the impact of disease risk in ethnic minority and vulnerable populations. We aim to accomplish this goal by examining individual-level risk factors associated with disease onset within the context of social and environmental influences.


National Academic Interdisciplinary Conference
Dr. Diana Grigsby-Toussaint joined mechanical engineering faculty members Kimani Toussaint and Harry Dankowicz at the final conference hosted by the National Academics Keck Futures Initiative. The three Illinois faculty members were among the 150 people invited to the conference, which was intended to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration, and all of them presented their work during interactive poster sessions. Toussaint also gave a keynote presentation about her research and the role that NAKFI has played in shaping her work.
See more about the event here.

New publication

Social Epi Director co-authors article on "best practices for using natural experiments to evaluate retail food and beverage policies and interventions" in Nutrition Reviews

Mobile Intervention and Sleep

Members of Social Epidemiology Research Group, JongCheol Shin and Dr. Grigsby-Toussaint recently published an article examining the effectiveness of mobile technology interventions for improving sleep disorders and sleep quality. See more about the paper here.

Congratulations to SERG members!

Congratulations to Aishat Tepede and Ariana Beattie for earning your bachelors degree and completing their honors theses in the lab.medium_IMG_0917.JPG

Also, Jong Cheol Shin receives his Second Masters Degree in Applied Statistics! Congratulations!!

Congratulations on all of your graduation and best wishes for your next adventure!