Public Health Focus/Interests:
Dr. Sneed is an assistant professor in the Division of Public Health in Flint. She is a social and health psychologist interested in evaluating and improving how older adults age successfully in vulnerable communities. Her work evaluates interactions between the social environment, stress, and social support in the lives and long-term health outcomes of older adults. Further, she utilizes community engaged approaches to understand how chronic disease prevention and intervention efforts work best among older adults in community settings. Dr. Sneed is a Research Scientist with the Michigan Center for Urban African-American Aging Research (MCUAAAR), and a Faculty Fellow in the MSU Center of Excellence Faculty Development program. A Detroit native, Dr. Sneed earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Epidemiology at Columbia University and a PhD in Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University.
Postdoctoral Scholar, Social Gerontology/Geriatric Mental Health, 2016
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Doctor of Philosophy, Social and Health Psychology, 2014
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Master of Public Health, Epidemiology, 2004
Columbia University, New York City, NY
Bachelor of Arts, Molecular Biology, 2000
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Public Health Courses Taught:
HM 101: Introduction to Public Health
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Michigan State University
Social relationships, social support, and health
Stress and resilience in vulnerable populations
Healthy and productive aging
Community-based participatory research
Mixed methods research
Psychosocial factors and chronic disease risk
Professional Activities or Current Research:
Evaluating the Feasibility and Acceptability of Using the Community Resiliency Model as a Stress Reduction Program Among Grandparent Caregivers
Role: Principal Investigator
The Health and Well-Being of African-American Older Adults With a History of Incarceration
This study utilizes population-based data and key informant interviews to evaluate the social, psychological, and physical health status of community-dwelling older adults who have been incarcerated.
Role: Principal Investigator
Recent Publications, Presentations:
Sneed RS, Dotson K, Brewer A, Pugh P, Johnson-Lawrence VD (in press, 2019). Behavioral Health Concerns During the Flint Water Crisis, 2016-2018. Community Mental Health Journal. DOI: 10.1007/s10597-019-00520-7.
Johnson-Lawrence V, Bailey S, Sanders P, Sneed R, Angel-Vincent A, Brewer A, Lewis EY, Johnson JE (2018). The Church Challenge: A Community-Based Multilevel Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial to Improve Blood Pressure and Wellness in African American Churches in Flint, Michigan. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2451865418301674
Johnson-Lawrence, VD, Zajacova A, & Sneed R.S. (2017). Education, race/ethnicity, and multimorbidity among adults aged 30-64 in the National Health Interview Survey. SSM-Population Health, 3, 366-372.
Sneed R.S., Schulz R. (2017). Grandparent Caregiving, Race, and Cognitive Function in a Population-Based Sample of Older Adults. Journal of Aging and Health. https://doi.org/10.1177/0898264317733362
Beach, S.R., Schulz R., Sneed R.S. (2016). Associations between Social Support, Social Networks and Financial Exploitation in Older Adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology https://doi.org/10.1177/0733464816642584
Sneed R.S., Cohen S. (2014). Negative Social Interactions and Incident Hypertension Among Older Adults. Health Psychology, 33, 554-565.
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