Idethia Shevon Harvey, DrPH

Associate Professor, Health & Kinesiology, Texas A&M University (Affiliate)

Associate Director, Transdisciplinary Center on Health Equity Research

Research Overview

My research has largely investigated health disparities among older women of color and minority communities. I explored concepts of social networks as the conceptual frameworks to understand the individual nested in family and community. My research portfolio focuses on ethnic minority populations using participatory models of qualitative research. I have a particular focus on the broad issue of the lay understanding of health and illness (including traditional medicines), chronic disease management, and the cultural congruence of health behavior practices. I contrasted sociocultural factors (e.g., interactions between individuals with other individuals, groups or communities) with structural factors (e.g., interactions of individuals with their environment) as it pertains to health behaviors such as physical activity. I was the PI of a pilot study designed to assess the influence of perceived social support and behavioral changes between older African American and white women at the university of Illinois (UI). I was also the PI of a civic commitment initiative that focuses on the health and well being of African American women in micropolitan Midwest town. I am currently the PI of a small pilot grant to examine social environments among individuals with type-2 diabetes within the US Virgin Islands.


University of Pittsburgh, Community and Behavioral Sciences, DrPH
Morehouse School of Medicine, Master of Public Health, MPH
Clemson University, Ceramic Engineering, BS

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressTexas A&M University
Department of Health & Kinesiology
Transdisciplinary Center on Health Equity Research
4243 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4243