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About Dr. Childers

Author, Researcher, Bridge-Builder

Welcome to my website! As a researcher who loves learning new things and a human who is navigating this life, I am excited to share what I am learning about health and wellbeing.  


I write about race, culture, identity, equity, and relationships. 


My lens is shaped by my experience navigating different social landscapes through education, travel, and research. Moving through the discomfort of the unfamiliar taught me how to cultivate authentic relationships with people from different backgrounds. In my professional and personal life, I have learned the importance of building coalitions, caring for community, and identifying ways to amplify marginalized voices. My lens is also shaped by motherhood. I am Mama to three beautiful Black boys who are my daily reminder to leave a loving legacy. Through my writing, bridge-building, research, and parenting, I strive to contribute to efforts that shape a more equitable world where they can thrive. 

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  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Sheps Center for Health Services Research, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2018

  • PhD, Sociology, Duke University, 2017

  • MA, Sociology, Duke University, 2013 

  • BA, Sociology (with honors), Ethnic Studies Concentration, Davidson College, 2005

  • Study Abroad Program, University of Wollongong, Australia, 2004


​Honors & Awards

  • Loan Repayment Program Award, National Institutes of Health (NIMHD), 2018-present

  • National Research Service Award (NIMH), Mental Health Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2017–2018

  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2016

  • Katherine Goodman Stern Fellowship, Duke University, 2015

  • National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2014

  • Fulbright Scholarship - U.S. Student Program, United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 2014

  • James B. Duke International Research Travel Fellowship, Duke University, 2014

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (Haitian Creole), Duke University, 2013

  • Volunteer Activities Support and Training Grant, U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Peace Corps, 2009

  • Hearst Teaching Fellowship, Charlotte Country Day School, 2005

  • Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society, Davidson College, 2005

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