Joy Piontak is a Research Analyst at the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University. She serves as coordinator for adaptlab research projects. Piontak’s research focuses on social inequalities across place and their impact on health. Her dissertation research examined the effect socioeconomic and racial segregation and food access have on rates of childhood obesity, with particular focus on urban and rural contexts and the interactions between individual characteristics and place. Her other works has examined the ways inter-generational households affect racial disparities in maternal depression. Her current research continues her examination of the role of social inequality, daily stress, violence exposure, and food insecurity on child health behaviors and outcomes.

She specialized in families, race, class and gender inequality, spatial inequalities, and health disparities. She worked as a research associate on a number of evaluation projects related to child health and safety in North Carolina before joining the Center in April 2013.


Recent in the news links:

Nov 20, 2016 – The Charlotte Post: Children in rural North Carolina counties more likely to be obese

Nov 16, 2016 – Duke Chronicle: Study finds North Carolina children in rural counties, high poverty schools more likely to be obese

Nov 14, 2016 – WPTF/NCN News: Obesity in Rural NC (audio)

Nov 10, 2016 – 88.5 WFDD: Study: NC Children In Rural Counties, High-Poverty Schools Face Obesity Risk (audio)

Nov 9, 2016 – Duke Today: Obesity More Likely for N.C. Children in Rural Counties, High-Poverty Schools