There is growing evidence that the "production" of diseases is a result of social and environmental factors that interact with individual-level biological substrates. Disentangling the manner in which these factors interact in the pathogenesis of disease continues to challenge researchers.
A primary focus of Dr. Grigsby-Toussaint's research is to integrate measures of the social and built environments into disease models with the goal of effectively addressing the impact of disease risk in ethnic minority and vulnerable populations.
Her long-term goal is to use these models to develop targeted programs that consider the individual-level risk factors associated with the onset of disease within the context of social and environmental influences.
Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 2014-present
Associate Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 2014-present
Affiliate Faculty, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Center for African Studies, 2008-present
Affiliate Faculty, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Family Resiliency Center, 2016-present
Visiting Associate Professor, Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, 2014-2015
Visiting Associate Professor, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, 2014-2015
1. Food environments and dietary behaviors
2. Socio-environmental influences on health
3. Mobile technology and sleep
4. Global health