PhD, Health Economics
Department of Health Policy and Management
MSPH, Health Economics
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
Krista M. Perreira, Ph.D. is a Professor of Social Medicine as well as a faculty fellow in the Carolina Population Center. Her research focuses on the relationships among family, migration, and social policy, with an emphasis on improving health equity and eliminating racial, gender, and socio-economic disparities in health. Integrating economic, psychological, sociological theory, her research is highly interdisciplinary involving collaborations with scholars in public health, medicine, nursing, psychology, sociology and other disciplines. Her research also emphasizes partnerships with community-based organizations, schools, and local and state government committees in North Carolina. As a result, she has served as an advisory committee member or on the board of directors for several task forces and non-profit organizations seeking to improve the provision of services to Latino populations, immigrant and refugees in North Carolina.
In 2003, Dr. Perreira received a national Young Scholar award from the Foundation for Child Development for her work on the health of immigrant children. In 2010, she received the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill. In 2014, she was awarded the Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award for her national and state service to promote the welfare of immigrants and their families.
Most recently, Dr. Perreira, together with scholars from Chicago, Miami, New York, and San Diego, has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to examine the cardiovascular health of Hispanic/Latino adults and their children ages 8-16. In addition with support from the Russell Sage, Spencer, and William T. Grant Foundations, she has combined qualitative and quantitative methodologies to identify how acculturation and migration processes influence the health and academic achievement of Latino youth in North Carolina. With funding from the Anne E. Casey Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, she has also evaluated the health of immigrant populations (including unauthorized immigrants and unaccompanied minors) and their access to public health insurance and related public assistance programs. Her scholarship has been published in leading journals in demography (e.g., Demography), economics (e.g., Journal of Risk and Uncertainty), Medicine and Epidemiology (e.g., JAMA, NEJM), public health (e.g., American Journal of Public Health, Social Science and Medicine), psychology (e.g., Journal of Social Issues), social epidemiology, and sociology (e.g., Social Forces).
Her teaching and mentorship of young scholars are well aligned with her research interests in low-income, immigrant, Latino, and other vulnerable populations. Prior to joining the faculty of UNC School of Medicine, Dr. Perreira served as the Associate Dean of the Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR) and Professor of Public Policy in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in policy analysis, research design, immigration policy, and health policy. In addition, she has served as a policy analyst for FHI 360, the Migration Policy Institute, the Rand Corporation, the Urban Institute, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).