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Aimee Afable, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Department of Community Health Sciences

Tel: (718) 270-6397 • Fax: (718) 270-5157


Academic Qualifications:
  • MPH, Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
  • PhD, Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco

Aimee Afable, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Brown University (1995). She received her M.P.H. and Ph.D. in public health from Tulane University (2003).  Following her doctoral studies, Dr. Afable held appointments as a Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Institute for Health Policy Studies (2005-2007), National Cancer Institute Diversity Fellow (2007-2009) and National Institute on Aging Fellow at the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (2009-2011) all at the University of California, San Francisco.

Research Interests:

Dr. Afable is a public health scientist who applies social theory and epidemiological methods to the study of health behaviors and chronic disease risk with a particular focus on immigrant populations to the US. Her current research follows two directions. First, building on the unique and dynamic aspects of immigrant populations in the US, her research focuses on documenting how migration and chronic exposure to US environment influences the development of obesity and diabetes in US immigrants. Second, she aspires to building an evidence base that can inform the translation of health promotion programs, previously demonstrated to be efficacious in experimental settings, to high-risk, under-served, hard to reach urban populations.

Courses Taught:

CHSC 5202: Issues in the Health of Immigrant Populations

CHSC 5206: Program Planning and Evaluation

CHSC 7203: Program Planning: Theory, Practice, and Research

CHSC 7306: Advanced Seminar in Urban Health

HPMG 5306: Policy Studies in Urban and Immigrant Health

Selected Peer Review Publications
  • Kendall C., Afable-Munsuz A., Speizer I., Avery A., Schmidt N & Santelli J.  Understanding pregnancy in a population of inner-city women in New Orleans: Results of qualitative research, Social Science & Medicine, 2005, 60(2):297-311.
  • Afable-Munsuz A. & Brindis C. Acculturation and the sexual and reproductive health of Latino youth in the U.S.: A literature review. Perspectives in Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2008, 38(4): 208-219.
  • Afable-Munsuz A, Liang SY, Ponce NP and Walsh J.  Acculturation and Colorectal Cancer Screening among Older Latino Adults: Differential Associations by National Origin.  Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2009, 24(8):963-70.
  • Afable-Munsuz A, Ponce N, Perez-Stable E, Rodriguez M. Immigrant generation and physical activity among Mexican, Chinese and Filipino adults in the U.S. Social Science & Medicine, 2010, June, 70 (12): 1997-2005.
  • Afable-Munsuz A, Pasick R, Nguyen K, Perez-Stable E.  Understanding Filipina women’s health orientation and the implications for colorectal cancer screening. Diversity in Health and Care, 2011, 8 (3).
  • Odierna DH, Afable-Munsuz A, Ikediobi O, Beattie M, Knight S, Ko M, Wilson A and Ponce NA.  Early developments in gene expression profiling of breast tumors: Potential for increasing black-white disparities in breast cancer outcomes?  Personalized Medicine. 2011, 8 (6).
  • Afable-Munsuz A, Gregorich SE, Markides KS, Pérez-Stable EJ. Diabetes Risk in Older Mexican Americans: Effects of Language Acculturation, Generation and Socioeconomic Status.  J Cross Cult Gerontol. 2013 Sep;28(3):359-73. doi: 10.1007/s10823-013-9200-y.
  • Afable-Munsuz A, Mayeda ER, Perez-Stable EJ, Haan MN. Immigrant Generation and Diabetes Risk among Mexican Americans: The Sacramento Area Latino Study on Aging. Am J Public Health. 2014 Apr;104 Suppl 2:S234-50. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.300969r.
  • Afable A, Yeh MC, Trivedi T, Andrews E, Wylie-Rosett J.  Duration of US Residence and Obesity Risk in NYC Chinese Immigrants. J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 May 12. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Afable A, Ursua R, Wyatt LC, Aguilar D, Kwon SC, Islam NS, Trinh-Shevrin C.  Duration of US Residence Is Associated With Overweight Risk in Filipino Immigrants Living in New York Metro Area.  Fam Community Health. 2016 Jan-Mar;39(1):13-23. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000086.
  • Afable A, Karingula NS. Evidence based review of type 2 diabetes prevention and management in low and middle income countries. World J Diabetes. 2016 May 25; 7(10): 209–229.
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