Jacquelyn Coats

Jacquelyn is a PhD candidate in the Social Work Program at the Brown School. Her research interests broadly focus on the social and determinants of health and aging for African Americans, particularly older African Americans. Her specific areas of interest center on understanding the health consequences of psychosocial stress, including discrimination, on the health and wellbeing of older African Americans women. She is also interested in identifying culturally relevant strategies that promote wellbeing and facilitate healthy aging for African Americans.

Jacquelyn’s prior work experience includes serving as a health educator and program evaluator for community based-participatory research programs in Detroit, MI, working to reduce and prevent rates chronic disease. She was also a research and evaluation manager for the ADVANCE Program at University of Michigan, a program aimed at assessing and improving workplace climate for faculty, staff, and students. Most recently, before arriving at Brown School, Jacquelyn was an Evaluation Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she supported evaluation of intimate partner and sexual violence prevention programs. Jacquelyn received both her Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.

Jacquelyn Coats

  • Program: PhD in Social Work Candidate
  • Preferred Pronouns: she/her
  • Email: coatsj@wustl.edu

Areas of Focus:

  • Healthy aging among African Americans older adults
  • Effects of stress on health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Racial and gender health disparities
  • Joy & Resilience