Keith E. Whitfield

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

External Address: 
220 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90005, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 
(919) 660-0330

Overview

Dr. Whitfield's research on individual differences in minority aging employs a two prong approach that includes studying individual people as well as members of twin pairs. Dr. Whitfield’s research examines the individual variation in health and individual differences in cognition due to health conditions. Dr. Whitfield has worked with researchers from Sweden, Russia, and the United States to examine how social, psychological, and cultural factors of cognition and healthy aging. He has completed a study that involves examining health and psycho-social factors related to health among adult African American twins from North Carolina. His current research project is a longitudinal study of cognition and health among older African Americans.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Texas Technical University 1989

  • M.A., Texas Technical University 1987

  • B.A., Coll Santa Fe 1984

Behavioral and Physiology in Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2015 to 2020

Longevity and Stress in African American Families awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2016

Behavior And Physiology In Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 1999 to 2015

Patterns of Cognitive Aging in African Americans awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2011

Whitfield, KE, and Thorpe, RJ. "Perspective: Longevity, stress, genes and African Americans (Accepted)." Ethnicity and Disease 27.1 (December 1, 2017): 1-2. (Review) Full Text

Jelenkovic, A, Hur, Y-M, Sund, R, Yokoyama, Y, Siribaddana, SH, Hotopf, M, Sumathipala, A, Rijsdijk, F, Tan, Q, Zhang, D, Pang, Z, Aaltonen, S, Heikkilä, K, Öncel, SY, Aliev, F, Rebato, E, Tarnoki, AD, Tarnoki, DL, Christensen, K, Skytthe, A, Kyvik, KO, Silberg, JL, Eaves, LJ, Maes, HH, Cutler, TL, Hopper, JL, Ordoñana, JR, Sánchez-Romera, JF, Colodro-Conde, L, Cozen, W, Hwang, AE, Mack, TM, Sung, J, Song, Y-M, Yang, S, Lee, K, Franz, CE, Kremen, WS, Lyons, MJ, Busjahn, A, and Nelson, TL et al. "Genetic and environmental influences on adult human height across birth cohorts from 1886 to 1994." eLife 5 (December 14, 2016). Full Text

Cary, MP, Thorpe, RJ, Walker, JL, Gamaldo, AA, Allaire, JC, and Whitfield, KE. "The Effects of Social Support on Physical Functioning in Older African Americans: Longitudinal Results from the Baltimore Study of Black Aging." Journal of the National Medical Association 108.4 (December 2016): 195-200.

Walker, JL, Thorpe, RJ, Harrison, TC, Baker, TA, Cary, M, Szanton, SL, Allaire, JC, and Whitfield, KE. "The Relationship between Pain, Disability, and Sex in African Americans." Pain management nursing : official journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses 17.5 (October 2016): 294-301. Full Text

Thorpe, RJ, Gamaldo, AA, Salas, RE, Gamaldo, CE, and Whitfield, KE. "Relationship between Physical Function and Sleep Quality in African Americans." Journal of clinical sleep medicine : JCSM : official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine 12.10 (October 2016): 1323-1329.

Yokoyama, Y, Jelenkovic, A, Sund, R, Sung, J, Hopper, JL, Ooki, S, Heikkilä, K, Aaltonen, S, Tarnoki, AD, Tarnoki, DL, Willemsen, G, Bartels, M, van Beijsterveldt, TCEM, Saudino, KJ, Cutler, TL, Nelson, TL, Whitfield, KE, Wardle, J, Llewellyn, CH, Fisher, A, He, M, Ding, X, Bjerregaard-Andersen, M, Beck-Nielsen, H, Sodemann, M, Song, Y-M, Yang, S, Lee, K, Jeong, H-U, Knafo-Noam, A, Mankuta, D, Abramson, L, Burt, SA, Klump, KL, Ordoñana, JR, Sánchez-Romera, JF, Colodro-Conde, L, and Harris, JR et al. "Twin's Birth-Order Differences in Height and Body Mass Index From Birth to Old Age: A Pooled Study of 26 Twin Cohorts Participating in the CODATwins Project." Twin research and human genetics : the official journal of the International Society for Twin Studies 19.2 (April 2016): 112-124. Full Text

Wright, RS, Cole, AP, Ali, MK, Skinner, J, Whitfield, KE, and Mwendwa, DT. "Examining the Influence of Measures of Adiposity on Cognitive Function in Middle Age and Older African Americans." Archives of clinical neuropsychology : the official journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists 31.1 (February 2016): 23-28. Full Text

Thorpe, RJ, Wynn, AJ, Walker, JL, Smolen, JR, Cary, MP, Szanton, SL, and Whitfield, KE. "Relationship Between Chronic Conditions and Disability in African American Men and Women." Journal of the National Medical Association 108.1 (February 2016): 90-98. Full Text

Jelenkovic, A, Yokoyama, Y, Sund, R, Honda, C, Bogl, LH, Aaltonen, S, Ji, F, Ning, F, Pang, Z, Ordoñana, JR, Sánchez-Romera, JF, Colodro-Conde, L, Burt, SA, Klump, KL, Medland, SE, Montgomery, GW, Kandler, C, McAdams, TA, Eley, TC, Gregory, AM, Saudino, KJ, Dubois, L, Boivin, M, Tarnoki, AD, Tarnoki, DL, Haworth, CMA, Plomin, R, Öncel, SY, Aliev, F, Stazi, MA, Fagnani, C, D'Ippolito, C, Craig, JM, Saffery, R, Siribaddana, SH, Hotopf, M, Sumathipala, A, Rijsdijk, F, Spector, T, and Mangino, M et al. "Zygosity Differences in Height and Body Mass Index of Twins From Infancy to Old Age: A Study of the CODATwins Project." Twin research and human genetics : the official journal of the International Society for Twin Studies 18.5 (October 2015): 557-570. Full Text

Hill, LK, Sims Wright, R, Aiken-Morgan, AT, Gamaldo, A, Edwards, CL, and Whitfield, KE. "Perceived Control Predicts Pulse Pressure in African American Men: The Baltimore Study of Black Aging." Ethnicity & disease 25.3 (August 7, 2015): 263-270. Full Text

Pages

Hill, LK, III, SJJ, Thorpe, R, Edwards, CL, Thayer, JF, and Whitfield, KE. "AGE-RELATED PATTERNS OF CHANGE IN THE DETERMINANTS OF BLOOD PRESSURE IN ADULT AFRICAN AMERICANS." September 2014.

Hill, LK, Gray, DL, Aiken-Morgan, AT, Edwards, CL, and Whitfield, KE. "RELATIONSHIPS AMONG EDUCATION, COPING AND BLOOD PRESSURE IN ADULT AFRICAN AMERICANS." September 2014.

Hill, LK, III, SJJ, Edwards, CL, Thayer, JF, and Whitfield, KE. "ESTIMATING TOTAL PERIPHERAL RESISTANCE IN AFRICAN AMERICANS." September 2014.

Hill, LK, Jamerson, B, Aiken-Morgan, AT, Edwards, CL, and Whitfield, KE. "THE ROLE OF STRESS IN RISK FOR VASCULAR DYSFUNCTION." September 2014.