Danielle M. Crookes Biography

Danielle M. Crookes, DrPH

Assistant Professor Department of Health Sciences
Bouvé College of Health Sciences Department of Sociology and Anthropology College of Social Sciences and Humanities


[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Social epidemiology
Immigrant health
Race and Ethnic Health Inequity
Cardiometabolic Health


Dr. Danielle Crookes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University. She holds a Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health. As a social epidemiologist, her research examines structural, political, and social factors that shape the health of communities of color in the US, especially immigrant communities.


MPH, Community Health Education, Temple University, College of Public Health, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DrPH, Epidemiology, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, New York, New York

Project Description

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the leading causes of mortality for adults in the US. Although some immigrant groups have lower rates of CVD compared to US-born populations, CVD risk factor profiles worsen with longer duration of residence and from the first to the second generation. Exclusionary immigrant-related policies may contribute to this decline in health because they restrict some immigrants’ access to health-promoting resources and may be stressors for immigrants and their families. Further, immigrant-related policies interact with sentiment toward immigrants to create a welcoming or unwelcoming sociopolitical climate towards immigrants. Growing evidence suggests that subfederal immigrant-related policies affect Latinx immigrants’ health care access and self-rated health, for example, but there has been limited research on the association between these policies and CVD-related risk factors. The goal of my research is to improve our understanding how immigrant-related policies, racism and xenophobia affect the health, especially the CVD-related risk factors, of immigrant and subsequent US-born generations.

Publications – Past Five Years

Crookes, D.M., Stanhope, K.K., Kim, Y., Lummus, E., Suglia, S.F. (2020) Federal, state and local immigrant-related policies and child health outcomes: A systematic review. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities; doi: 10.1007/s40615-021-00978-w.

Suglia, S.F., Crookes, D.M., Kaplan, R., Sotres-Alvarez, D., Llabre, M.M., Van Horn, L., Carnethon, M.R., Isasi, C.R. (2020) Intergenerational transmission of childhood adversity and BMI in the Hispanic Community Children’s Health Study/Study of Latino Youth (HCHS/SOL Youth). Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 131: 109956; doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2020.109956

Cherian, T., Crookes, D.M., Suglia, S.F. (2020) Association of maternal nativity status and race/ethnicity on health care utilization among children in vulnerable families. Pediatric Emergency Care. Online ahead of print; doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000002113

Forde, A.T., Crookes, D.M., Suglia, S.F., Demmer, R.T. (2019) The weathering hypothesis as an explanation for racial disparities in health: A systematic review. Annals of Epidemiology, 33: 1-18.e3; doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2019.02.011.

Shelton, R.C., Lee, M., Brotzman, L.E., Crookes, D.M., Jandorf, L., Erwin, D.O., GageBouchard, E. (2019) Use of social network analysis in the development, dissemination, implementation, and sustainability of health behavior interventions for adults: A systematic review. Social Science & Medicine, 220: 81-101; doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.10.013.

Shelton, R.C., Brotzman, L.E., Crookes, D.M., Robles, P, Neugut, A. (2019) Decision-making under clinical uncertainty: An in-depth examination of provider perspectives on adjuvant chemotherapy for stage II colon cancer. Patient Education and Counseling, 102(2): 284-290; doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2018.09.015.

Crookes, D.M., Demmer, R.T., Keyes, K.M., Koenen, K.C., Suglia, S.F. (2018) Depressive symptoms, antidepressant use and hypertension in young adulthood. Epidemiology, 29(4): 547- 555; doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000000840.

Abraido-Lanza, A.F., Shelton, R.C., Martins, M.C., Crookes, D.M. (2016) Social norms, acculturation, and physical activity among Latina women. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 19(2): 285-293.

Shelton, R.C., Dunston, S.K., Leoce, N., Jandorf, L., Thompson, H.S., Crookes, D.M., Deborah O. Erwin, D.O. (2016) Predictors of activity level and retention among African American lay health advisors from The National Witness Project: Implications for the implementation and sustainability of community-based programs from a longitudinal study. Implementation Science, 11:41; doi: 10.1186/s13012-016-0403-9.

Crookes, D.M., Shelton, R.C., Tehranifar, P., Aycinena, C. Gaffney, A.O., Koch, P., Contento, I., Greenlee, H. (2016) Social networks and social support for healthy eating among Latina breast cancer survivors: Implications for social and behavioral interventions. The Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 10(2): 291-301.