Mignonne C. Guy appointed chair of Department of African American Studies
Congratulations to Mignonne C. Guy, Ph.D., in the Department of African American Studies on her appointment to department chair effective July 1, 2021. We thank Shawn Utsey, Ph.D., the outgoing chair, for serving many years as chair in the Department of African American Studies.
Guy has worked at VCU for the past seven years, serving most recently as an associate professor in the Department of African American Studies. Guy teaches courses on health inequities in Black populations and interdisciplinary research methods. She is the founder and co-chair of the CHS Committee on Racial Equity (CORE) where she co-leads more than 30 faculty, undergraduate and graduate student volunteers from a variety of disciplines to co-create an interdisciplinary foundations course on race and racism in the U.S., for all VCU undergraduate students.
Guy's research focuses on social, behavioral, biological and environmental determinants that contribute to health inequities and disparities among racial/ethnic minoritized populations and other marginalized groups. She has a strong interest using an ecosocial lens to examine the complex interplay between distal and proximal factors that influence health and how they shape the health behaviors and subsequent outcomes of Black populations.
Guy is also a faculty investigator in the Center for the Study of Tobacco Studies and the site lead for the Contextual Knowledge Core, and a member of the VCU Massey Cancer Center Cancer Prevention and Control Group. Guy also holds several national advisory positions such as a co-chair for the Racial and Equity Task Force in the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, a Mid-Atlantic regional lead for the Intercultural Cancer Council and an advisory board member for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Building Capacity to Reduce Tobacco Inequities in the South and Midwest Initiative.
Prior to her arrival in 2014 at VCU, she held appointments as a research associate in the Department of Health Sciences Research at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona and an assistant research scientist in the Center for Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomic Research and a member of the Arizona Cancer Center at the University of Arizona. She is a former health disparities scholar for the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.