Meet Emily M. D’Agostino, DrPH, M.S., MEd, M.A.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Emily D'Agostino
Emily D'Agostino, DrPH, MS, MEd, MA

Welcome Emily M. D'Agostino, DrPH, M.S., MEd, M.A., as research faculty in the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health. She joined the department on Sept. 1. D'Agostino earned her DrPH in Epidemiology in 2016 from City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health, an M.S. in Education Leadership in 2009 from New England College, an MEd in Science Education in 2004 from City College, and an M.A. in Museum Education in 2002 from New York University.


Where were you working prior to coming to Duke and what was your role there?

Prior to Duke I served as senior epidemiologist for Miami-Dade County Department of Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, the third largest county park system in the nation, where I spent four years supervising community-engaged health research projects.

What is your educational and/or research background?

I began my career in epidemiology as an AmeriCorps teacher in the New York City Department of Education, and have taught Epidemiology in high schools, undergraduate, community college, graduate and museum settings. I also spent six years working with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where I focused extensively on youth fitness surveillance data.

Why did you choose to join Duke Family Medicine & Community Health?

I was extremely impressed and inspired that Duke FMCH is embedded in the community, and is dedicated to partnering together with community organizations and residents to actively improve access to resources, promote health, and reduce disparities. I also really enjoyed visiting the department, and was very excited to collaborate with the faculty on interventions to promote youth health equity here in Durham. I am very enthusiastic to join Duke FMCH and have an opportunity to support and make a difference in the Durham community. 

What are your research interests?

I am interested in studying factors that promote physical activity and fitness, prevent obesity, and foster resilience among youth. I also am interested in addressing structural and social factors that impede access to health promoting community resources for youth.

Are there any major research grants you have been a part of or are currently working on?

I serve as Principal Investigator for two recently funded projects that focus on promoting health for underserved youth through a park-based afterschool mental health and resilience promotion program (US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health: Youth Engagement in Sports, CPIMP191183-01-00 and the Children’s Trust (Youth Development Award, RFP 2018-02 Youth Development, Miami-Dade County, FL). I am also currently preparing two NIH R01 grants in collaboration with Duke faculty in Pediatrics and Population Health Sciences related to youth obesity treatment and physical activity promotion through partnering primary care clinics with park and recreation agencies.