Trainee Spotlight

Myles Moody is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Kentucky. His passion for studying social inequality sprung from his experiences as a St. Louis native, where he recognized at an early age how residential segregation shaped people’s life chances. Since then, Myles has been committed to studying the social determinants of health, focusing on the strongest predictors of morbidity and mortality for Black Americans. In 2013, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Morehouse College before earning his Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Memphis in 2015. Upon his arrival at the University of Kentucky, Myles accepted a five-year fellowship from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Doctoral Scholars Program that has funded his doctoral journey. His research interests revolve around racial disparities in health, and his dissertation focuses on how stress and discrimination affect the health of Black Americans over the life course. Myles has published his research in the Journal of African-American Studies, the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, and Society and Mental Health. Additionally, he has been accepted to the Disparities Researchers Equalizing Access for Minorities (DREAM) Scholars Program, which is a strong program that supports the training of under-represented minority Pre-docs, Post-docs, and Assistant Professors who have demonstrated a commitment to health equity research. Myles is on-track to receive his PhD in May 2020, and his goal is to obtain a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at a research-intensive university. As a research assistant for the new Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET), he hopes to continue growing as a health equity scholar and producing knowledge that will help decrease the differences in life expectancy across racial groups.