Rachel Kimbro

Areas of Interest: 
Demography, medical sociology, family, and poverty


Rachel Tolbert Kimbro (Ph.D., 2005, Princeton University) is Professor of Sociology at Rice University and the Founding Director of the Kinder Institute's Urban Health Program. Dr. Kimbro earned her M.A. in Sociology at Princeton and her B.A. in Sociology and Policy Studies at Rice. Following her doctoral work at Princeton, Dr. Kimbro was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she received interdisciplinary training in population health. Dr. Kimbro's research focuses on racial and ethnic health disparities and family influences on health behaviors and outcomes. Current work examines family and neighborhood influences on child obesity, food insecurity, and physical activity in low-income and immigrant families. She is a Founding Faculty Member at Texas Children's Hospital's Center for Child Health Policy and Advocacy, a Baker Institute Scholar, and adjunct faculty at Baylor College of Medicine.

 Recent Publications

Jennifer Augustine, Kate Prickett, and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. “Health-Related Parenting among U.S. Families and Young Children’s Physical Health.” Forthcoming, Journal of Marriage and Family.

Jennifer Augustine and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. “Associations and Intervening Mechanisms between Family Structure and Young Children’s Obesity.” Forthcoming, Journal of Family Issues.

Rachel Tolbert Kimbro and Bhavika Kaul. “Physical Activity Disparities Between U.S.-Born and Immigrant Children by Maternal Region of Origin.” Forthcoming, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

Bridget K. Gorman, Cynthia Novoa, and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. “Migration Decisions, Acculturation, and Overweight among Asian and Latino Immigrant Adults.” Forthcoming, International Migration Review.

Gregory Sharp, Justin T. Denney, and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. 2015. “Multiple Contexts of Exposure: Activity Spaces, Residential Neighborhoods, and Self-Rated Health.” Social Science and Medicine. 146:204-213.

Rachel Tolbert Kimbro and Justin T. Denney. 2015. “Transitions Into Food Insecurity Associated with Behavioral Problems and Worse Overall Health Among Children.” 2015. Health Affairs. 34(11): 1949-1955.

Matthew Desmond and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. 2015. “Eviction’s Fallout: Housing, Hardship, and Health.” Social Forces, 94: 295-324.

Rachel Kimbro
Professor Ph.D. Princeton University

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