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Gilbert Gee

Gilbert Gee
Professor & Chair, Department of Community Health Sciences


DepartmentsType of Faculty
Community Health SciencesFull Time
Joint Appointment
Contact Information

46-081C, CHS

Areas of Interest: 

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

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 racial discrimination, and in understanding how discrimination may be related to illness. He has also published more broadly on the topics of stress, neighborhoods, immigration, environmental exposures, occupational health, and on Asian American populations.

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 shared the Delta Omega Award for Innovative Public Health Curriculum with student leaders from the CHS Grads for Racial Justice: Amelia Fay-Berquist, Elida Ledesma, Ashley Lewis, Sarah Jane Smith, and Marisol Torres.

Dr. Gee was the past the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.  He has also been a guest editor for Child DevelopmentAsian American and Pacific Islander Nexus Journal, and the Asian American Journal of Psychology. 

Notable Honors

Delta Omega Award for Innovative Public Health Curriculum. 2018. For the class titled, “We Gon’ Be Alright: Addressing Racism and Anti-Black Violence as a Public Health Crisis.” UCLA. Credit to stellar student facilitators: Amelia Fay-Berquist, Elida Ledesma, Ashley Lewis, Sarah Jane Smith, and Marisol Torres.

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.

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

Please check with the faculty member or their office about availability to serve during current academic period.

Selected Courses: 
CHS 211A: Program Planning, Research, and Evaluation in Community Health Sciences
CHS 235: Influence of the Social and Physical Environment on Racial Health Disparities
CHS 270A: Foundations of Community Health Sciences
CHS 235: Writing for Publication in Public Health
Selected Publications: 

Selected Articles from over 100

Gee, G.C., Hing, A.H., Mohammed, S., Tabor D., Williams D.R., (2019) Racism and the Life Course: Taking Time Seriously. American Journal of Public Health. Supp 1, 109(51):S43-S47.

Gee, G.C., de Castro, A.B., Crespi, C.A., Wang, M.C., Llave, K., Brindle, E., Mayol, N.L., Kabamalan, M.M., Hing, A.K. (2018). Health of Philippine Emigrants Study (HoPES): Study Design and Rationale. BMC Public Health, 18:771. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2018.09.008

Seaton, E., Gee, G.C., Spanierman, L., Neblett, E.W. (2018). New Directions for Racial Discrimination Research as Inspired by the Integrative Model. American Psychologist. 73(6): 768-780.

Morey, B.N.,* Gee, G.C., Muennig, P., Hatzenbuehler, M.L. (2018). Community-level Prejudice and Mortality among Immigrant Groups. Social Science and Medicine, 199:56-66.

Gee G.C., Morey B., Walsemann K.M., Ro A., Takeuchi D.T. (2016). Citizenship as Privilege and Social Identity: Implications for Psychological Distress. American Behavioral Scientist, 60(5-6): 680-704.

Walsemann, K.M., Gee, G.C., Gentile, D. (2015). Sick of Our Loans: Student Borrowing and Mental Health of Young Adults in the United States. Social Science and Medicine, 124:85-93.

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. 

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 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.

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