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Kerstin E. Pahl

Kerstin E. Pahl, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry


My research explores how structural, cultural, and social influences impact the development of health, health behaviors, and health disparities among ethnically, racially, and socioeconomically diverse people across the life course using quantitative and qualitative methods. I am interested in how systems of oppression become psychologically and biologically embedded, both structurally and through social interactions, as well as what contexts, relationships, and individual characteristics help people resist internalizing oppressive structures.

One of my research projects explores the associations of cumulative socioeconomic disadvantage and racial discrimination with allostatic load in midlife Black and Latinx adults and whether social support, critical consciousness, and ethnic-racial identity mitigate these associations and foster well-being. Another project examines how manifestations of structural adversity, including racism, over the life course affect stress regulation and epigenetic age acceleration.

I dedicate time to working towards to greater racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in the spaces, in which I interact. Mentoring students, residents, and young investigators, especially those with identities underrepresented in higher education and research is of great importance to me.  






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New York, NY 10016

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PhD from New York University

Lekas, Helen-Maria; Lewis, Crystal; Bradley, Mark V; Pahl, Kerstin

Psychiatric services. 2023 May 05; appips20220595

Williams, Sharifa Z; Lewis, Crystal Fuller; Muennig, Peter; Martino, Daniele; Pahl, Kerstin

Journal of community health. 2022 Dec; 47(6):914-923

Nick, Gilbert A; Williams, Sharifa; Lekas, Helen-Maria; Pahl, Kerstin; Blau, Chloe; Kamin, Don; Fuller-Lewis, Crystal

Drug & alcohol dependence reports. 2022 Dec; 5:100099

Pahl, Kerstin; Wang, John; Sanichar, Navin; Williams, Sharifa; Nick, Gilbert A; Wang, Lisa; Lekas, Helen-Maria

Journal of racial & ethnic health disparities. 2022 Aug 01; 1-8

Pahl, Kerstin; Williams, Sharifa Z; Capasso, Ariadna; Lewis, Crystal Fuller; Lekas, Helen Maria

Social science & medicine. 2022 May 21; 115061

Pahl, Kerstin; Capasso, Ariadna; Lekas, Helen-Maria; Lee, Jung Yeon; Winters, Jewel; Pérez-Figueroa, Rafael E

Journal of behavioral medicine. 2021 Apr; 44(2):202-211

Pahl, Kerstin; Williams, Sharifa Z; Lee, Jung Yeon; Joseph, Adriana; Blau, Chloe

Journal of consulting & clinical psychology. 2020 Jan; 88(1):39-47

Lekas, Helen-Maria; Pahl, Kerstin; Fuller Lewis, Crystal

Health services insights. 2020 Jan; 13:1178632920970580