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Gilbert Gee


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Phone: 1(310)825-8838



Gilbert C. Gee, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA. He received his bachelor degree in neuroscience from Oberlin College, his doctorate in Health Policy and Management from the Johns Hopkins University, and post-doctoral training in sociology from Indiana University. His research focuses on the social determinants of health inequities of racial, ethnic, and immigrant minority populations using a multi-level and life course perspective. A primary line of his research focuses on conceptualizing and measuring racism discrimination, and in understanding how discrimination may be related to illness. He has also published more broadly on the topics of stress, neighborhoods, environmental exposures, occupational health, and on Asian American populations. Current projects include: the study of discrimination, racial identity and obesity among emigrants from the Philippines; the relationship between student loans and illness; toxic exposures among Asian American participants in NHANES.

His research has been honored with a group Merit Award from the National Institutes of Health for the development of a multicultural measures of discrimination for health surveys. In addition, he received two Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards from the Environmental Protection Agency for development of the Stress-Exposure-Disease Framework.

Dr. Gee is currently the Editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.  He has also been a guest editor for Child Development, Asian American and Pacific Islander Nexus Journal, and the Asian American Journal of Psychology.


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This faculty member is available to serve as:

  • Doctoral Advisor
  • Masters Advisor
  • PhD Committee Member
  • DrPH Committee Member
  • MS Thesis Committee Member
  • MS Report Committee Member


Post Doctoral Training (Sociology), Indiana University
PhD (Health Policy and Management), Johns Hopkins University
BA (Neuroscience), Oberlin College

Research Interests

Structural and interpersonal racism; health inequalities; racial, ethnic, and immigrant populations; life course; stress; neighborhoods; Asian Americans.


  • Sangalang C, Gee GC. (forthcoming). Racial Discrimination and Depressive Symptoms among Cambodian Adolescents: The Role of Gender. Journal of Community Psychology.
  • Ro A, Geronimus A, Bound J., Griffith, D., Gee GC. (forthcoming) Cohort and Duration Patterns among Asian Immigrants: Comparing Trends in Obesity and Self-Rated Health. Biodemography and Social Biology.
  • Walsemann K and Gee GC. 2015. Sick of Our Loans: Student Borrowing and Mental Health of Young Adults in the United States. Social Science and Medicine. 124: 85-93.
  • Otiniano Verissimo AD, Grielle C, Amaro H, Gee GC. (2014). Discrimination and Substance Use Disorders among Latinos: The role of Gender, Nativity, and Ethnicity. American Journal of Public Health. 104(8):1421-1428.
  • Walsemann KM, Gee GC, Ro A. (2013). Educational Attainment in the Context of Social Inequality: New Directions for Research on Education and Health.  American Behavioral Scientist.57(8):1082-1104.
  • Gee GC, Walsemann K, Brondolo L. 2012.  A Life Course Perspective on Racism and Health Inequities.  American Journal of Public Health. 102(5):967-974.
  • Gee GC, Ford CL.  2011.  Structural Racism and Health Inequities:  Old Issues, New Directions.  Du Bois Review:  Social Science Research on Race. 8(1): 115-132.
  • Muennig P, Song X, Payne-Sturges DC, Gee GC.  (2011). Blood and Urine Levels of Long Half-Life Toxicants by Nativity among Immigrants to the United States.  Science of the Total Environment, 412-413:109-113. PMID: 22088424
  • Gee GC, Walsemann KM, Takeuchi DT.  2010.  English Proficiency and Language Preference:  Testing the Equivalence of Two Measures. American Journal of Public Health 100(3):563-569.
  • Gee GC, Ponce N. 2010.  Associations between Racial Discrimination and Limited English Proficiency with Health-Related Quality of Life among Six Asian Ethnic Groups in California.  American Journal of Public Health. 100:888-895
  • Gee GC, Ro A, Shariff-Marco S, Chae D.  2009.  Racial Discrimination and Health among Asian Americans:  Evidence, Assessment, and Directions for Future Research.  Epidemiologic Reviews, 31(1): 130-151.
  • Gee GC and Walsemann KM. 2009. Does health predict the reporting of racial discrimination or do reports of discrimination predict health?  Findings from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth.  Social Science and Medicine. 68:1676-1684.
  • Gee GC, Ro A, Gavin A, and Takeuchi DT.  2008. Disentangling the Effects of Racial and Weight Discrimination on BMI and Obesity. American Journal of Public Health.  98:493-500.
  • Gee GC, Pavalko E, and Long S.  2007. Age, Cohort, and Age Discrimination:  Using the Life Course to Assess Self-reported Age Discrimination.  Social Forces. 86(1): 265-290.
  • Gee GC, Spencer M, Chen J, and Takeuchi DT. 2007.  A Nationwide Study of Discrimination and Chronic Health Conditions among Asian Americans.  American Journal of Public Health.  97(7):1275-1282.
  • Gee GC, Ryan A, Laflamme DJ, and Holt, J.  2006.  The Relationship between Perceived Discrimination and Mental Health among African Descendents, Mexican Americans and Other Latinos in the New Hampshire REACH Study:  The Added Dimension of Immigration Status. American Journal of Public Health.  96(10): 1821-1828.
  • Gee GC and Payne-Sturges D.  2004.  Environmental Health Disparities:  A Framework Integrating Psychosocial and Environmental Concepts.  Environmental Health Perspectives. 112(17):1645-1653.
  • Gee GC.  2002.  A Multilevel Analysis of the Relationship between Institutional and Individual Racial Discrimination and Health Status. American Journal of Public Health. 92(4): 615-623.


  • NIH Merit Award.  2008.  Group Award for “Multicultural Survey Methods Group,” recognition for outstanding leadership in the development of novel methods for the evaluation of data collection instruments used across populations with multiple languages and cultures.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Scientific and Technical Achievement Award.  2008.  For the article titled, “ Environmental Health Disparities:  A Framework Integrating Psychosocial and Environmental Concepts” by Gee and Payne-Sturges.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Scientific and Technical Achievement Award.  2008.  For the article titled, “National Environmental Health Measures for Minority and Low Income Populations:  An Approach for Tracking Environmental Health Disparities”  by Payne-Sturges and Gee.
  • Best Published Paper.  2007.  For the article titled, “A Nationwide Study of Discrimination and Chronic Health Conditions among Asian Americans.”  From the Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus of the American Public Health Association.

Gilbert Gee