Dr. Anissa I. Vines

Dr. Annissa I. Vines


Ph.D. Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002

M.S. Biometry, Louisiana State University Medical Center, 1994

B.S. Statistics, Xavier University of Louisiana, 1994



Current Projects With Dr. Aiello

Dr. Vines is working on the Life Course Socioeconomics, Acculturation, and Type-2 Diabetes Risk Among Latinos (NINOS).

Research Interests

Dr. Vines's research interests include:

  • Psychosocial determinants of chronic disease (obesity, uterine fibroids, Type 2 diabetes)
  • Chronic stress exposure, in particular racial/ethnic discrimination
  • Stress across the life course and the biological mechanisms related to the adult health disparities
  • Community-engaged research scholarship and health disparities


Dr. Vines joined the Aiello Research Group in 2015 to focus on stress, acculturation, and the risk of Type 2 diabetes among Latinos. She is a Research Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and a member of the Social Epidemiology program. Dr. Vines specializes in the psychosocial determinants of health inequities among women. In addition, Dr. Vines conducts community engaged research geared towards community capacity building and the reduction of health disparities. Prior to NINOS, Dr. Vines’s epidemiological research centered on understanding the effects of stress and coping among African American women in relation to chronic conditions such as uterine fibroids and obesity. She has examined multiple stressors, especially perceived racial discrimination, and how those stressors relate to fibroid prevalence and central adiposity. Dr. Vines has developed a psychometrically sound telephone-administered perceived racism scale for epidemiologic use. Her research on racial discrimination has confirmed previous studies that have shown exposure to discrimination among African Americans to be high and that responses to the stressor occur in multiple, simultaneous forms. NINOS will provide a wonderful opportunity for Dr. Vines to look at the psychosocial and biological mechanisms of discrimination and other stressors in relation to Type 2 diabetes risk in the Latino population using both life course and stress and coping frameworks.

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