Dr. Carson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology. She completed her BS degree in Microbiology with high honors at the University of Georgia and her MSPH and PhD degrees in Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in cardiovascular disease epidemiology. Dr. Carson is a member of the Department of Epidemiology’s doctoral admissions committee and she is the course master for the first required methods course for Epidemiology doctoral students.
Dr. Carson’s research centers broadly on determinants of health disparities in diabetes and cardiovascular disease. She has experience with several large observational cohort studies and has published on a range of social, clinical, and lifestyle factors related to the occurrence of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in disadvantaged populations. Currently, Dr. Carson is an investigator with the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study and is evaluating racial differences in glycemic markers and associations with microvascular and macrovascular outcomes among individuals with and without diabetes.
Dr. Carson is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, and Society for Epidemiologic Research. She is an elected Fellow of the American Heart Association and currently serves as a member of its Council Operations Committee and Science Advisory and Coordinating Committee. In addition to her distinguished service on national committees, Dr. Carson is the Director of the School of Public Health’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and is an elected Alternate Senator in the Faculty Senate.