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Keith E. Whitfield, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society and Faculty Network Member of Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Center for Population Health & Aging

Keith E. Whitfield
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Ph.D.Texas Technical University1989
M.A.Texas Technical University1987
B.A.Coll Santa Fe1984

Developmental Psychology
Research Interests:

Current projects: Carolina African American Twin Study of Aging, , Baltimore Study of Black Aging: Patterns of Cognitive Aging

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.

Areas of Interest:

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

Postdocs Mentored

  • Adrienne Aiken-Morgan (2011-April)
  • Patricia Gregory (2008 - 2010)
  • Regina Sims (2007 - 2009)
Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Whitfield, KE; Thorpe, RJ (2017). Perspective: Longevity, stress, genes and African Americans. Ethnicity & disease, 27(1), 1-2. [doi]
  2. Bogl, LH; Jelenkovic, A; Vuoksimaa, E; Ahrenfeldt, L; Pietiläinen, KH; Stazi, MA; Fagnani, C; D'Ippolito, C; Hur, Y-M; Jeong, H-U; Silberg, JL; Eaves, LJ; Maes, HH; Bayasgalan, G; Narandalai, D; Cutler, TL; Kandler, C; Jang, KL; Christensen, K; Skytthe, A; Kyvik, KO; Cozen, W; Hwang, AE; Mack, TM; Derom, CA; Vlietinck, RF; Nelson, TL; Whitfield, KE; Corley, RP; Huibregtse, BM; McAdams, TA; Eley, TC; Gregory, AM; Krueger, RF; McGue, M; Pahlen, S; Willemsen, G; Bartels, M; van Beijsterveldt, TCEM et al. (2017). Does the sex of one's co-twin affect height and BMI in adulthood? A study of dizygotic adult twins from 31 cohorts.. Biology of Sex Differences, 8, 14. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Jelenkovic, A; Hur, Y-M; Sund, R; Yokoyama, Y; Siribaddana, SH; Hotopf, M; Sumathipala, A; Rijsdijk, F; Tan, Q; Zhang, D; Pang, Z; Aaltonen, S; Heikkilä, K; Öncel, SY; Aliev, F; Rebato, E; Tarnoki, AD; Tarnoki, DL; Christensen, K; Skytthe, A; Kyvik, KO; Silberg, JL; Eaves, LJ; Maes, HH; Cutler, TL; Hopper, JL; Ordoñana, JR; Sánchez-Romera, JF; Colodro-Conde, L; Cozen, W; Hwang, AE; Mack, TM; Sung, J; Song, Y-M; Yang, S; Lee, K; Franz, CE; Kremen, WS; Lyons, MJ; Busjahn, A; Nelson, TL et al. (2016). Genetic and environmental influences on adult human height across birth cohorts from 1886 to 1994.. eLife, 5. [doi]  [abs]
  4. Cary, MP; Thorpe, RJ; Walker, JL; Gamaldo, AA; Allaire, JC; Whitfield, KE (2016). The Effects of Social Support on Physical Functioning in Older African Americans: Longitudinal Results from the Baltimore Study of Black Aging.. Journal of the National Medical Association, 108(4), 195-200.  [abs]
  5. Walker, JL; Thorpe, RJ; Harrison, TC; Baker, TA; Cary, M; Szanton, SL; Allaire, JC; Whitfield, KE (2016). The Relationship between Pain, Disability, and Sex in African Americans.. Pain Management Nursing, 17(5), 294-301. [doi]  [abs]

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