Rodlescia S. Sneed, PhD, MPH

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Dr. Rodlescia Sneed is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Division of Public Health in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University.

Dr. Sneed is a social and health psychologist interested in the interactions between the social environment, stress, and physical health outcomes across the lifespan. She has a particular interest in vulnerable populations, including older adults, racial/ethnic minorities, and the economically disadvantaged. She is a skilled quantitative researcher who utilizes both experimental and observational research methods to evaluate the effects of stress, social support, and social relationships on psychological well-being and objective indicators of health.

Selected Publications:

Sneed RS, Hailemariam M, Key KD, Richie F, Saddler S, Spencer B, Summers M, White JM, Johnson JE. Developing and Maintaining Intergenerational Relationships in an Economically Vulnerable Community:  Findings from the Flint Women’s Study.  Forthcoming.  

Sneed RS, Key KD, Bailey S, Johnson-Lawrence V. (2020). Social and Psychological Consequences of the Covid-19 Pandemic in African-American Communities: Lessons from Michigan.   Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 

Sneed RS, Dotson K, Brewer A, Pugh P, Johnson-Lawrence VD. (2020).  Behavioral Health Concerns During the Flint Water Crisis, 2016-2018. Community Mental Health Journal, 56, 793-803. 

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.

Selected Media Coverage:

Rogers, Kaleigh (2017, December 5). Volunteering is the Best Kept Secret for Mental Health. Motherboard.

Witkos, Matt (2017, November 30) Researchers looking to learn more about Flint’s Water Emergency. ABC12 News.

Scholarly Interests

  • Social Relationships and Health 
  • Stress & Trauma 
  • Community Health Equity 
  • Successful Aging
  • Racial Health Disparities 
  • Chronic Disease  
  • Community Engagement  
  • Implementation Science 



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    Division of Public Health, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University
    200 East 1st Street, Flint, MI 48502


Bachelor of Arts (A.B.), Molecular Biology, Princeton University

Master of Public Health (MPH), Epidemiology, Columbia University

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Social and Health Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University