Dr. Kyrah Brown PhD

Dr. Kyrah Brown

Dr. Kyrah Brown is an assistant professor of public health and director of the MCH equity research lab at the University of Texas at Arlington.  Dr. Brown is a proud alumna of Spelman College, earned her master’s and doctorate at Wichita State University, and completed an academic-public health postdoctoral fellowship at Sedgwick County Health Department and KU School of Medicine. She has expertise in reproductive and perinatal health equity research, mixed methods research, and program and coalition evaluation. Her research is focused on examining and addressing the social and structural inequities that shape Black women’s health across the life course, with an emphasis on preconception cardiovascular health, systems science approaches, and systems of care. She is committed to community-driven partnerships that leverage research and evaluation to demonstrate the impact of existing community-led initiatives and to generate evidence which can aid in dismantling racial and social inequities. Dr. Brown has a long history of research or evaluation collaborations with doulas and other birth workers, physicians, nurses, small nonprofits, program administrators, coalitions, and community residents. She has been dedicated to this space for over 10 years, and her “why” is not only driven by personal experience but also a belief in ubuntu or collective personhood and responsibility to assure optimal health and quality of life for everyone. She is a member of several local and national coalitions and associations focused on perinatal health and community health.