Brittany N. Morey, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Public Health at University of California, Irvine. Dr. Morey’s research focuses on how structural inequity shapes racial and ethnic health inequities. Much of this work focuses on how neighborhood social and physical environments contribute to health disparities, especially for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Her work also studies how U.S. immigration policies and anti-immigrant sentiments contribute to health disparities among broad populations of color. Overall, the goal of her research is to understand how society creates health inequities along the lines of race, ethnicity, nativity, and immigration status. With this understanding, we can create better policies and programs to address and undo the patterns of poor health we see today.
Currently, Dr. Morey is working as a co-investigator on a grant funded by the National Cancer Institute to examine how ethnic enclaves and neighborhood sociocultural institutions affect health outcomes for Asian American and Hispanic women with breast cancer. She also received funding to conduct research on how neighborhood social environments and environmental air toxicants affect respiratory health for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander sub-populations. An additional project is examining how anti-immigration policies and rhetoric are affecting mental health in the U.S.
Dr. Morey sits on the board of directors for the Center for the Pacific Asian Family, a non-profit organization in Los Angeles that addresses the root causes of gender and family violence in Asian and Pacific Islander communities. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, hanging out with her spouse, 3 kids, and 2 dogs.
Brittany N. Morey earned her Ph.D. (2017) and her M.P.H. (2011) in Community Health Sciences from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. From 2017-2019 she was a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the UC Riverside School of Public Policy.