Research Summary: 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. Whitfieldâ€™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.
K.E. Whitfield, Bogart, L., Revenson, T., & France, C. (2012). Introduction to the special section on health disparities. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 43(1), 1-3.
Gonzalez, H.M., Tarraf, W., Whitfield, K.E., & Gallo, J.J. (2012). Vascular depression prevalence and epidemiology in the United States. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 46(4), 456-461.
Linnertz, C., Saunder, A.M., Lutz, M.W., Crenshaw, D.M., Grossman, I., Burns, D.K., Whitfield, K.E., Hauser, M.A., McCarthy, J.J., Welsh-Bohmer,K.A., Roses, A.D., Chiba-Falek, O. (2012). Characterization of the Alzheimer’s Disease Associated Poly-T Variant in the TOMM40 Gene.. PlosOne, 7(2). [doi]
Jonassiant, C.R., Ashley-Koch, A., Whitfield, K.E., Hoyle, R.H., Smart-Richman, L., Siegler, I.C., Royal, C.D., & Williams, R. (2012). The serotonin transporter gene polymorphism (5HTTLPR) moderates the effect of adolescent environmental conditions on self-esteem in young adulthood: A structural equation modeling approach. Biological Psychology, 91, 111-119.
Aiken-Morgan, A., Bichsel, J., Savla, J., Allaire, J.C., Edwards, C. L., & Whitfield, K. E. (2012). Personality as a source of individual differences in cognitive aging among African American older adults. Journal of Research in Personality, 46, 465-471.