Vivian L. Gadsden, EdD

Vivian L.  Gadsden, EdD
Senior Fellow

Carter Professor of Child Development and Professor of Education

Public Health Interests

Adolescents, Community/Population Health, Social Determinants of Health



Current Public-Health Related Activities

Over the course of my academic career, I have focused on issues that have implications for public health, whether addressing learning among low-income adults, parents, and communities or examining the needs of young children. My background in education and psychology contributes to my interests. However, my interests are equally located in the growing problems faced by disproportionate numbers of children and families with whom I have worked and whom I study. These issues relate to the social determinants of health; the intersections of race, class, gender, nativity, sexuality, and disability; and the intricate relationships among education and schooling, homelessness, joblessness, and prevention and resilience. I chair the NAS Committee on Supporting Parents of Young Children, direct a project on intergenerational health, and am beginning a project on young children and families across the life-course. I also teach a graduate course on health and education disparities and plan to introduce a course on social determinants in Summer 2017.

Select Publications:

Gadsden, V. L., & Lopez, N. (forthcoming, 2016). Race, gender, and class in the Social determinants of health: Intersectionality in achieving social justice. In V. Murray & K. Bogard (Eds.), Perspectives on Social Justice and Health Equity. Washington, D.C.: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Gadsden, V. L., Davis, J.E., Johnson, C.J. (2015). African American fathers and families in cultural and historical Perspective.  In J. Roopnarine (Ed.), Fathers across cultures. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Press.

Gadsden, V. L. (2014). Evaluating family and neighborhood context for PreK-3. Commissioned peer-reviewed paper. New York: Foundation for Child Development.