Emily Meredith D'Agostino

Assistant Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health
Box 104006 DUMC, Durham, NC 27705
(919) 660-2898

Emily D'Agostino, DrPH, MS, MEd, MA, is a pediatric cardiovascular epidemiologist specializing in community-based interventions. Her research expertise lies in partnering with community organizations to examine structural and social factors that promote youth physical activity and fitness. She also specializes in expanding epidemiology education to high school and undergraduate students, and incorporating contemporary teaching and learning practices into epidemiology instruction at all levels. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Duke University in Family Medicine and Community Health. She also provides research oversight for the Miami-Dade County Department of Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, the third largest county park system in the nation. She received her doctorate in Epidemiology from the City University of New York's Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. She also holds master's degrees in Science Education, Educational Leadership, and Museum Education.

Education and Training

  • New York University, M.A. 2004
  • City College of New York, M.Ed. 2005
  • City University of New York, DrPH 2016


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Messiah SE, D’Agostino EM, Hansen E, Mathew MS, Okeke D, Nardi M, et al. Longitudinal Impact of a Park-Based Afterschool Healthy Weight Program on Modifiable Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Youth.. J Community Health. 2018 Feb;43(1):103–16.
D’Agostino EM, Day SE, Konty KJ, Larkin M, Saha S, Wyka K. Individual-Level Fitness and Absenteeism in New York City Middle School Youths, 2006-2013.. Prev Chronic Dis. 2018 Jan 11;15.
Warren MP, Ramos RH, Bronson EM. Exercise-associated amenorrhea: are altered leptin levels an early warning sign?. Phys Sportsmed. 2002 Oct;30(10):41–6.
Messiah SE, D’Agostino EM, Patel HH, Hansen E, Mathew MS, Arheart KL. Changes in cardiovascular health and physical fitness in ethnic youth with intellectual disabilities participating in a park‐based afterschool programme for two years. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities.
D’Agostino EM. High School Epidemiology: Helping Students Practice Science Through Guided Inquiry and Authentic Learning Strategies. Pedagogy in Health Promotion. :237337991881182–237337991881182.
D’Agostino E, Frazier S, Hansen E, Messiah S. The Fit2Lead Program: Preventing Youth Violence in a Park-Based Setting. Parks & Recreation.