Gilbert C. Gee, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA. He received his bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Oberlin College, his doctorate in Health Policy and Management from the Johns Hopkins University, and post-doctoral training in sociology from Indiana University. His research focuses on the social determinants of health inequities of racial, ethnic, and immigrant minority populations using a multi-level and life course perspective. A primary line of his research focuses on conceptualizing and measuring racial discrimination, and in understanding how discrimination may be related to illness. He has also published more broadly on the topics of stress, neighborhoods, immigration, environmental exposures, occupational health, and on Asian American populations. His research has been honored with a group Merit Award from the National Institutes of Health for the development of a multicultural measures of discrimination for health surveys. In addition, he received two Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards from the Environmental Protection Agency for development of the Stress-Exposure-Disease Framework.Dr. Gee shared the Delta Omega Award for Innovative Public Health Curriculum with student leaders from the CHS Grads for Racial Justice: Amelia Fay-Berquist, Elida Ledesma, Ashley Lewis, Sarah Jane Smith, and Marisol Torres.Dr. Gee was the past the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. He has also been a guest editor for Child Development, Asian American and Pacific Islander Nexus Journal, and the Asian American Journal of Psychology.
Articles, Publications, and Appearances
Links between discrimination and health (LA This Week, April 16, 2020)
UCLA Prof. Explains Racism’s Role in the Coronavirus Crisis (PBS, February 12, 2020)
In the News
Asian Americans already face a mental health crisis. Coronavirus racism could make it worse. (Philadelphia Inquirer, April 22, 2020)
Commentary: Racism is the other virus sweeping America during this pandemic (Chicago Tribune, April 20, 2020)
How discrimination due to the coronavirus can be damaging to a person’s physical health (Sacramento Bee, April 16, 2020)