Selected Publications

Academic Article

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2022 Neighborhood cohesion and psychological distress across race and sexual orientationSSM - Population Health.  18. 2022
2022 Psychological Distress among Black Immigrants by Region of BirthJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health.  24:368-375. 2022
2022 Correction to: Racial Context and Health Behaviors Among Black Immigrants (Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, (2022), 10.1007/s40615-022-01401-8)Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities2022
2022 Racial Context and Health Behaviors Among Black ImmigrantsJournal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities2022
2021 Discrimination and Black Social Media Use: Sites of Oppression and Expression 2021
2021 Do White People See Variation in Black Skin Tones? Reexamining a Purported Outgroup Homogeneity EffectSocial Psychology Quarterly.  84:95-106. 2021
2020 A tale of two generations: Maternal skin color and adverse birth outcomes in Black/African American womenSocial Science and Medicine.  265. 2020
2020 The color of death: race, observed skin tone, and all-cause mortality in the United StatesEthnicity and Health.  25:1018-1040. 2020
2020 Caste Differences in Hypertension Among Women in India: Diminishing Health Returns to Socioeconomic Status for Lower Caste GroupsJournal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.  7:987-995. 2020
2020 Is a Picture Worth A Thousand Words? An Experiment Comparing Observer-Based Skin Tone MeasuresRace and Social Problems.  12:266-278. 2020
2020 Media Consumption and Racial Residential PreferencesSocial Science Quarterly.  101:1936-1950. 2020
2020 Subtypes of Girls Who Engage in Serious Delinquency and Their Young Adult OutcomesPsychology of Women Quarterly.  44:403-416. 2020
2020 Systemic Anti-Black Racism Must Be Dismantled: Statement by the American Sociological Association Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities 2020
2020 Racial stratification in self-rated health among Black Mexicans and White MexicansSSM - Population Health.  10. 2020
2020 Breaking the Cycle of Child Maltreatment and Intimate Partner Violence: The Effects of Student Gender and Caring Relationships with TeachersJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma.  29:223-241. 2020
2019 Skin Tone Matters: Racial Microaggressions and Delayed Prenatal CareAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  57:321-329. 2019
2019 Prevalence and correlates of everyday discrimination among black Caribbeans in the United States: the impact of nativity and country of originEthnicity and Health.  24:463-483. 2019
2019 Measuring perceived mistreatment across diverse social groups: An evaluation of the Everyday Discrimination ScaleSocial Science and Medicine.  232:298-306. 2019
2018 Discrimination Fully Mediates the Effects of Incarceration History on Depressive Symptoms and Psychological Distress Among African American MenJournal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.  5:243-252. 2018
2018 Everyday Discrimination Among African American Men: The Impact of Criminal Justice ContactRace and Justice: An International Journal.  8:154-177. 2018
2017 The role of colorism in explaining African American females' suspension riskSchool Psychology Quarterly.  32:118-130. 2017
2017 Discrimination and psychiatric disorders among older African AmericansInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.  32:175-182. 2017
2016 Histories of Colorism and Implications for EducationTheory into Practice.  55:4-10. 2016
2015 Racial Identity and Well-Being among African AmericansSocial Psychology Quarterly.  78:25-48. 2015
2014 How Racial Identity Moderates the Impact of Financial Stress on Mental Health among African AmericansSociety and Mental Health.  4:38-54. 2014
2013 Coping with Racial Discrimination: Assessing the Vulnerability of African Americans and the Mediated Moderation of Psychosocial ResourcesSociety and Mental Health.  3:133-150. 2013
2010 African Americans and physical health: The consequences of self-esteem and happinessJournal of Black Studies.  40:1189-1211. 2010
2010 Katrina and migration: Evacuation and return by African Americans and Vietnamese Americans in an Eastern New Orleans suburbProfessional Geographer.  62:103-118. 2010
2010 Discriminatory experiences and depressive symptoms among African American women: Do skin tone and mastery matter?Sex Roles: a journal of research.  62:48-59. 2010
2009 Can a high sense of control and John Henryism be bad for mental health?Sociological Quarterly.  50:693-714. 2009
2008 Race, social relationships, and mental healthPersonal Relationships.  15:229-245. 2008
2008 Church-based social capital, networks and geographical scale: Katrina evacuation, relocation, and recovery in a New Orleans Vietnamese American communityGeoforum.  39:1333-1346. 2008
2007 Hurricane Katrina: Prior trauma, poverty and health among Vietnamese-American survivors: Original ArticleInternational Nursing Review.  54:324-331. 2007
2007 Economic vulnerability, discrimination, and hurricane Katrina: Health among black Katrina survivors in Eastern New OrleansJournal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.  13:257-266. 2007
2007 Resilient history and the rebuilding of a community: The vietnamese American community in New Orleans EastJournal of American History.  94:770-779. 2007
2006 Ethnicity versus ethnic identity: What predicts substance use norms and behaviors?Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions.  6:53-79. 2006
2005 Body image, acculturation, and substance abuse among boys and girls in the southwestAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.  31:617-639. 2005
2005 Assessing the effects of race and ethnicity on use of complementary and alternative therapies in the USAEthnicity and Health.  10:19-32. 2005
2003 Work and housework conditions and depressive symptoms among married women: The importance of occupational statusWomen and Health: the multidisciplinary journal of women's health issues.  38:1-17. 2003
2002 Maintaining functional independence in elderly adults: The roles of health status and financial resources in predicting home modifications and use of mobility equipmentGerontologist.  42:24-31. 2002
2001 The blacker the berry: Gender, skin tone, self-esteem, and self-efficacyGender and Society.  15:336-357. 2001
1998 Effects of positive and negative social exchanges with various sources on depressive symptoms in younger and older adultsJournal of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.  53. 1998
1996 Acculturation and low-birthweight infants among Latino women: A reanalysis of HHANES data with structural equation modelsAmerican Journal of Public Health.  86:394-396. 1996
1995 Black/white differences in prenatal care utilization: An assessment of predisposing and enabling factorsHealth Services Research.  30:43-58. 1995
1995 The Social Support of Employed African American and Anglo MothersJournal of Family Issues.  16:275-297. 1995
1993 Gender, Financial Strain, and Psychological Distress Among Older AdultsResearch on Aging: an international bimonthly journal.  15:123-147. 1993
1990 Determinants of health services utilization among the black and white elderly.Social Work in Public Health.  1:73-88. 1990
1990 Personality, social support, and psychological distress in later life.Psychology and Aging.  5:315-326. 1990
1989 Ethnic differences in the demand for physician and hospital utilization among older adults in major American cities: Conspicuous evidence of considerable inequalitiesMilbank Quarterly.  67:412-449. 1989
1989 Gender differences in social support among older adultsSex Roles: a journal of research.  21:609-628. 1989
1989 Occupational prestige in the health care delivery systemJournal of Health and Social Behavior.  30:315-329. 1989
1988 The current differential in black and white life expectancyDemography.  25:625-632. 1988
1988 Who are the japan bashers? evidence from national surveys, 1974–1985Sociological Spectrum: official journal of the Mid-South Sociological Association.  8:407-416. 1988
1987 Problems in estimating the prevalence of physical activity from national surveysPreventive Medicine.  16:107-118. 1987


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2018 Mental Health: An Intersectional Approach.  131-142. 2018
2017 Clear and present dangers: Health disparities in the African American community.  83-101. 2017
2017 African American Women and Mental Well-Being: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Socioeconomic Status.  304-321. 2017

Education And Training

  • Doctor of Social or Behavioral Sciences in Sociology, University of Kentucky 1982
  • Full Name

  • Verna Keith