Tyson Brown

Assistant Professor of Sociology

External Address: 
263 Social Psychology Building, Box_90088, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-5680


Dr. Brown is an assistant professor of sociology and the director of the Center for Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research. His research examines how and why racial/ethnic stratification and other axes of inequality combine to shape health and wealth across the life course. This research interest is expressed in three foci: 1) using multidimensional approaches to stratification to investigate the intersecting consequences of social factors on health and wealth, 2) examining whether inequality increases or decreases over the life course, and 3) determining the extent to which various structural and psychosocial mechanisms underlie within- and between-group inequalities in health.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2008

Selected Grants

Longevity and Stress in African American Families awarded by Wayne State University (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2021

Behavioral and Physiology in Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2015 to 2020

Brown, TH, and Hargrove, TW. "Psychosocial Mechanisms Underlying Older Black Men's Health." The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences (August 3, 2017). Full Text Open Access Copy

Richardson, LJ, and Brown, TH. "(En)gendering racial disparities in health trajectories: A life course and intersectional analysis." SSM - Population Health 2 (December 2016): 425-435. Full Text

Gu, D, Zhu, H, Brown, T, Hoenig, H, and Zeng, Y. "Tourism Experiences and Self-Rated Health Among Older Adults in China." Journal of aging and health 28.4 (June 2016): 675-703. Full Text

Brown, TH, Richardson, LJ, Hargrove, TW, and Thomas, CS. "Using Multiple-hierarchy Stratification and Life Course Approaches to Understand Health Inequalities: The Intersecting Consequences of Race, Gender, SES, and Age." Journal of health and social behavior 57.2 (June 2016): 200-222. Full Text

Turner, RJ, Thomas, CS, and Brown, TH. "Childhood adversity and adult health: Evaluating intervening mechanisms." Social science & medicine (1982) 156 (May 2016): 114-124. Full Text

Brown, TH, Hargrove, TW, and Griffith, DM. "Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Men's Health: Examining Psychosocial Mechanisms." Family & community health 38.4 (October 2015): 307-318. Full Text

Adkins, DE, Clark, SL, Copeland, WE, Kennedy, M, Conway, K, Angold, A, Maes, H, Liu, Y, Kumar, G, Erkanli, A, Patkar, AA, Silberg, J, Brown, TH, Fergusson, DM, Horwood, LJ, Eaves, L, Van Den Oord, EJCG, Sullivan, PF, and Costello, EJ. "Genome-Wide Meta-Analysis of Longitudinal Alcohol Consumption Across Youth and Early Adulthood." Twin Research and Human Genetics 18.4 (January 1, 2015): 335-347. Full Text

Brown, , and Hargrove, . "Multidimensional Approaches to Examining Gender and Racial/Ethnic Stratification in Health." Women, Gender, and Families of Color 1.2 (2013): 180-180. Full Text