Aoleonne Joseph

Aoleonne Joseph
Mentor: Dr. Carolyn Tucker
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I became interested in research in order to comprehend health disparities. While working with the Behavioral Medicine Research Team, I have learned to hone my problem solving skills and challenge myself in new ways. My research has allowed me to have close interactions with individuals in the community, which gives me an in-depth understanding of cultural sensitivity and health disparities."




Public Health

Research Interests

  • Patient-Perceived Provider Cultural Sensitivity
  • Health Disparities
  • Community-Participatory Health Promotion

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program
  • George Snow Scholar


  • Behavioral Medicine Research Team
  • Peace Corps Campus Ambassador
  • Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students


  • Ronald McDonald House Charities

Hobbies and Interests

  • Traveling
  • Reading
  • Music

Research Description

The Association of Patient-Perceived Provider Cultural Sensitivity with Engagement in Physical Activity among African American Patients Who Utilize Rural Health Clinics

The study is part of a larger study that will be conducted in rural health care clinics with culturally diverse patients to understand relationships among patient-perceived provider culturally sensitive, and patients’ adherence to their providers’ recommendations, including the recommendations to take medicines and to engage in health promoting behaviors (e.g., physical activity, healthy eating, and stress management).The proposed study will thus test the linkage between patient-perceived provider cultural sensitivity and patient engagement in physical activity among the rural African American patients.