Danya Keene

Danya Keene is an Assistant Professor of Social Behavioral Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health. Her mixed-methods research broadly explores how social policies contribute to health inequality, with a particular focus on issues related to housing and place. For example, her work has examined how urban revitalization and public housing demolition affect the health of low-income African American communities in Chicago, Atlanta and nationally. Her research has also examined linkages between home foreclosure, mortgage strain and health. Dr. Keene is also interested in social stigma and its relationship to geographic and social inequality. For example, her research has examined negative representations of place or ‘spatial stigma’ as an understudied mechanism that connects places to the health of their residents. In her current work, Dr. Keene is using qualitative interviews and nationally representative data to examine relationships between affordable housing access diabetes management behaviors and outcomes. Dr. Keene received her PhD in Public Health from the University of Michigan and was an RWJF Health & Society Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.