Rachel Kimbro

Areas of Interest: 
Poverty and inequality, family, and population health


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

Ashley Kranjac, Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, Justin Denney, Brady Moffett, and Keila Lopez, “Comprehensive Neighborhood Portraits and Child Asthma Disparities.” Forthcoming, Maternal and Child Health Journal.

Justin T. Denney, Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, and Gregory Sharp. “Neighborhoods and Food Insecurity in Households with Young Children: A Disadvantage Paradox?” Forthcoming, Social Problems.

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, Gregory Sharp, and Justin T. Denney. 2017. “Home and Away: Area Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Obesity Risk.” Health and Place, 44: 94-102.

Christine Percheski and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. 2017. “Deciding to Wait: Partnership Status, Economic Conditions, and Pregnancy during the Great Recession.” Sociological Science, 4:176-195.

Mackenzie Brewer, Rachel T. Kimbro, Justin T. Denney, Kristin M. Osiecki, Brady Moffett, and Keila Lopez. 2017. “Do Neighborhood Social and Environmental Context Impact Race/Ethnic Disparities in Childhood Asthma?” Journal of Health and Place, 44: 86-93.

Justin T. Denney, Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, Katherine Heck, and Catherine Cubbin. 2017. “Social Cohesion and Food Insecurity: Insights from the GROW Study.” Maternal and Child Health Journal, 21(2): 343-350.

Rachel Kimbro
Professor Ph.D. Princeton University

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