Dr. Peek is the Dean, ad interim, of the newly established School of Public and Population Health and the Chair, ad interim, of the Department of Population Health and Health Disparities in the new school. She has a PhD from Duke University in Medical Sociology and has research interests in the impact of stress, community, and the environment on health disparities, particularly among older adults. She has been continuously funded for 20 years as either co-I or PI and all funding has focused on aspects of health disparities and inequities, a key theme and vision (Health Equity for All) in the School of Public and Population Health. Her overarching research goal is to investigate the impact of social and environmental factors on the inequitable production of health. This has been manifested throughout her career with foci on two specific areas: 1) social relationships, aging and health among older adults and 2) connections between race/ethnicity, stress, stress-related biomarkers, and health. More recently, she has begun expanding her research to address health inequities in climate change, a burgeoning field of research that significantly
affects all communities.
She is an active teacher, mentor, and educational administrator previously serving as Vice Chair for Education and the Graduate Program Director for Population Health Sciences in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health in the School of Medicine, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Director, ad interim, of the MD/PhD Combined Degree Program. She has been actively involved in and co-directed training grants for pre and post doctoral fellows and has extensive experience in mentoring students, postdocs, and junior faculty.
Welcome to the Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center team, Dr. Peek!