Research Seminar with Whitney Robinson, PhD

Paved With Good Intentions: A Case for Formalizing Rigor in Quantitative Health Equity Research
Open to Penn Affiliates

12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m. ET November 2, 2023 In-Person Event

Colonial Penn Center Auditorium, 3641 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA

Health equity research is an interdisciplinary field.  As such, it has the potential to draw from the best research traditions of the humanities, social sciences, clinical sciences, and statistical fields.  Dr. Robinson argues, however, that researchers often dive into this work employing methods that are not well-tailored to the questions at hand.  In this talk, Dr. Robinson will discuss lessons learned during her career and what she believes are some defining features of quality for health equity research.

Please note: In-person attendance at this event is preferred. Virtual access will be provided to registrants who are unable to be on campus.


Whitney Robinson, PhD

Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Duke University

Whitney Robinson is an epidemiologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University’s School of Medicine.  Dr. Robinson specializes in epidemiologic methods for using “big data” to understand racial/ethnic and gender inequities in health and health care. The current focus of her applied work is gynecologic health care, improving diagnosis and treatment for conditions like fibroids, abnormal uterine bleeding, and endometriosis. Broadly, Dr. Robinson uses social epidemiology theory and frameworks to advance research rigor and epistemology in health equity research.