• Keith E Whitfield

  • Professor and Developmental Program Director
  • Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Overview

    Keith E. Whitfield, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience. He also serves as the Director of the Developmental Division of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscince as well as the Director of the Center on Biobehavioral and Social Aspects of Health Disparities. He earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe NM and a MA and Ph.D. in Life-Span Developmental Psychology from Texas Tech University in Lubbock Texas. He also received post doctoral training in quantitative genetics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. His first position was at McNeese State University and came to Duke from Penn State University. His research on individual differences in minority aging employs a two prong approach that includes studying individual people as well as members of twin pairs. Dr. Whitfield’s research examines the individual variation in health and individual differences in cognition due to health conditions. Dr. Whitfield has worked with researchers from Sweden, Russia, and the United States to examine how social, psychological, and cultural factors of cognition and healthy aging. He has completed a study that involves examining health and psycho-social factors related to health among adult African American twins from North Carolina. His current research project is a longitudinal study of cognition and health among older African Americans.
  • Specialties

    • Developmental Psychology
  • Research Description

    Dr. Whitfield's research on individual differences in minority aging employs a two prong approach that includes studying individual people as well as members of twin pairs. Dr. Whitfield’s research examines the individual variation in health and individual differences in cognition due to health conditions. Dr. Whitfield has worked with researchers from Sweden, Russia, and the United States to examine how social, psychological, and cultural factors of cognition and healthy aging. He has completed a study that involves examining health and psycho-social factors related to health among adult African American twins from North Carolina. His current research project is a longitudinal study of cognition and health among older African Americans.
  • Current Projects

    Carolina African American Twin Study of Aging, , Baltimore Study of Black Aging: Patterns of Cognitive Aging
  • Areas of Interest

    Individual differences in cognitive aging among African Americans
    Genetic and environmental influences on health amoung African Americans
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • Psychology,
      • Texas Tech University,
      • 1989
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Distinguished Acheivement Award,
      • National Institute on Aging,
      • November, 2010
      • Distinguished Mentor Award,
      • Gerontological Society of America,
      • November, 2010
      • Faculty Marshal for the College of Arts and Sciences,
      • May, 2010
      • Leadership Award,
      • Gerontological Society of America-Task Force on Minority Issues,
      • November, 2007
      • Allen L. Edwards Endowed Lecturer,
      • University of Washington,
      • December, 2005
      • Allen L. Edwards Endowed Lecturer,
      • University of Washington,
      • December, 2005
  • Recent Publications

      • Ayotte, B. J., Allaire, J. C., & K.E. Whitfield.
      • 2013.
      • Social support, physical functioning, and cognitive functioning among older African American adults.
      • Aging, Neuroscience, and Cognition: A Journal of Normal and Dysfunctional Development
      • .
      • Thorpe Jr., R.J., Wilson-Frederick, S., Bowie, J.V., Coa, K., Clay, O., LaVeist, T.A., & K.E. Whitfield.
      • 2013.
      • Health Behaviors and All-Cause Mortality in African American Men.
      • American Journal of Men’s Health
      • .
      • Carmasin, J., Mast, B., Allaire, J., & K.E. Whitfield.
      • 2013.
      • Vascular risk factors, depression and cognitive change among African Americans older adults.
      • International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
      • .
      • Whitfield, K.E., Bogart, L., Revenson, T., & France, C..
      • 2013.
      • Introduction to the second special section on health disparities.
      • Annals of Behavioral Medicine
      • 45:
      • 1-2
      • .
      • Hill, T.D., Cook, H.H., & K.E. Whitfield.
      • 2013.
      • Does the education-control distress model vary according to race and ethnicity.
      • Social Science Quarterly
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  • Postdoctoral Students

    • Adrienne Aiken-Morgan
      • 2011-April
    • Patricia Gregory
      • 2008 - 2010
      • Kaward mentor for Dr. Gregory
    • Regina Sims
      • 2007 - 2009
      • Asst. Prof at Howard University, Washington D.C.

      

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