Shikira Thomas, MSPH
Research Program Manager
MSPH | UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health | Health Behavior
BS | Xavier University of Louisiana | Biology
Shikira Thomas is a Research Program Manager in the Center for Health Equity Research for the New IDEAS study, under the supervision of Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, PhD and Stephanie Hoover, PhD.
She is a recent MSPH graduate of Health Behavior from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and received a BS in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana. Her research interests are in colorism, racism, and discrimination as upstream determinants of chronic disease in African Americans. Shikira’s master’s thesis focused on the association between skin color and hypertension for college-educated African Americans.
Recently, Shikira has served as a Project Manager for a HRSA-funded Health Workforce Research Center at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, as well as a Project Coordinator for a NIDA-funded study investigating the role of neighborhoods, daily stress, stress hormones, and substance use among young adult Black males in Durham county.