Gniesha Y. Dinwiddie, Ph.D.

Dr. Gniesha Y. Dinwiddie

Health Scientist Administrator
Office of the Director

Dr. Gniesha Dinwiddie is a Health Scientist Administrator in the NIMHD Office of the Director. She is an expert in cardiovascular disease epidemiology, social determinants of health, affective disorders, immigrant health, racial health disparities and health equity. Dr. Dinwiddie develops funding opportunities, strategic initiatives and programs, conducts portfolio reviews, and represents NIMHD on NIH-wide, NIH Roadmap, and HHS-wide committees.

Prior to joining NIMHD, she was a health scientist at AHRQ and a Scientific Review Officer at NIH’s Center for Scientific Review (CSR). Before joining the federal government in 2016, Dr. Dinwiddie held faculty appointments at the University of Maryland, College Park as an assistant professor, and associate faculty in the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she conducted research on the macrosocial determinants implicated in affective disorders and cardiovascular disease risk for populations experiencing health disparities and the biosocial pathways that inform differential risk.

Dr. Dinwiddie received her B.A. in social science from the University of California, Irvine; an M.A. in African American studies from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Ph.D. in medical sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed post-doctoral training in the Office of Population Research at Princeton University, where her research focused on identifying the environmental and social risk factors that condition stress exposure increasing vulnerability to affective disorders in populations experiencing health disparities.

Selected Publications

Dinwiddie, G.Y., Zambrana, R.E., Domkempor, L., Lopez, L. (2015). The Impact of Educational Attainment on Observed Race/Ethnic Disparities in Inflammatory Risk in the 2001-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(1):42.

Doamekpor, L., & Dinwiddie, G.Y. (2015). Allostatic Load in Foreign-Born and US-Born Blacks: Evidence From the 2001-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. American Journal of Public Health, 105(3), 591-597.

Dinwiddie, G.Y., Zambrana, R.E., & Garza, M.E. (2014). Exploring Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease: The Role of Nativity, Educational Attainment and Gender in the Latino Population. American Journal of Public Health, 104(9): 1742-1750.

Dinwiddie, G.Y., Gaskin, D.J., Chan, K., McCleary, R., & Norrington, J. (2013). Residential Segregation, Geographic Proximity and Type of Services Used: Evidence for Disparities in Mental Health. Social Science and Medicine, 80: 67-75. (Available online first December 11, 2012).

Gaskin, D.J., Dinwiddie, G.Y., Chan, K., McCleary, R. (2012). Residential Segregation and the Availability of Primary Care Physicians. Health Services Research, 47(6): 2353-2376.

Gaskin, D.J., Dinwiddie, G.Y., Chan, K., McCleary, R. (2012). Residential Segregation and Disparities in Health Services Utilization. Medical Care Research and Review, 69(2): 158 - 175.

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