• I am a social epidemiologist with training in sociological theory and research methods focused on the social determinants of health (SDH), and experience in the application of SDH measures, tools, and data for health disparities, outcomes, and health services research.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 Does virtual versus in-person e-cigarette education have a differential impact?Health Education Journal.  81:891-900. 2022
    2022 Area deprivation and respiratory morbidities in children with bronchopulmonary dysplasiaPediatric pulmonology. Supplement.  57:2053-2059. 2022
    2022 Community-engaged research: a powerful tool to reduce health disparities and improve outcomes in pediatric neurosurgeryJournal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  30:364-366. 2022
    2022 The association between sleep disturbances and neurocognitive function in pediatric sickle cell diseaseSleep Medicine.  97:27-35. 2022
    2022 Associations of Obesity and Neighborhood Factors With Urinary Stone ParametersAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  63:S93-S102. 2022
    2022 Left behind: The potential impact of CFTR modulators on racial and ethnic disparities in cystic fibrosisPaediatric Respiratory Reviews.  42:35-42. 2022
    2022 Longitudinal Association Between Muscle Loss and Mortality in Ever SmokersChest.  161:960-970. 2022
    2022 Care for Chiari malformation type I: the role of socioeconomic disadvantage and raceJournal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  29:305-311. 2022
    2022 Exploring COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among Stakeholders in African American and Latinx Communities in the Deep South Through the Lens of the Health Belief ModelAmerican Journal of Health Promotion.  36:288-295. 2022
    2022 Socioeconomic determinants of respiratory health in patients with cystic fibrosis: implications for treatment strategiesExpert Review of Respiratory Medicine.  16:637-650. 2022
    2021 Health Care Utilization in Diverse Older Adults in the Deep South and the Rest of the United StatesInnovation in Aging.  5:100-100. 2021
    2021 Social Determinants of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias: Racial and Regional VariationsInnovation in Aging.  5:101-101. 2021
    2021 Dementia care in diverse older adults in the Deep South and the rest of the United StatesAlzheimer's and Dementia.  17:e054038. 2021
    2021 Factors influencing medication adherence among U.S. Medicare beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia (ADRD)Alzheimer's and Dementia.  17. 2021
    2021 Telehealth use in cystic fibrosis during COVID-19: Association with race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic factorsJournal of Cystic Fibrosis.  20:49-54. 2021
    2021 The Association Between Neighborhood Social Vulnerability and COVID-19 Testing, Positivity, and Incidence in Alabama and LouisianaJournal of Community Health.  46:1115-1123. 2021
    2021 275: A mobile health platform for pediatric cystic fibrosis: Impact on patient-reported outcomes and patient-centered careJournal of Cystic Fibrosis.  20:s132-s133. 2021
    2021 337: Food insecurity in the cystic fibrosis care center network during COVID-19: Prevalence, screening, and interventionsJournal of Cystic Fibrosis.  20:s161. 2021
    2021 Disparities in Kidney Stone Disease: A Scoping ReviewInvestigative urology.  206:517-525. 2021
    2021 Racial segregation and respiratory outcomes among urban black residents with and at risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseaseAmerican Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.  204:536-545. 2021
    2021 Cessation of smoke exposure improves pediatric CF outcomes: Longitudinal analysis of CF Foundation Patient Registry dataJournal of Cystic Fibrosis.  20:618-624. 2021
    2021 Tobacco smoke exposure limits the therapeutic benefit of tezacaftor/ivacaftor in pediatric patients with cystic fibrosisJournal of Cystic Fibrosis.  20:612-617. 2021
    2021 Barriers and facilitators to bikeshare programs: A qualitative study in an urban environmentJournal of Transport and Health.  21. 2021
    2021 The association of area deprivation and state child health with respiratory outcomes of pediatric patients with cystic fibrosis in the United StatesPediatric Pulmonology.  56:883-890. 2021
    2021 Acute chest syndrome in pediatric sickle cell disease: Associations with racial composition and neighborhood deprivationPediatric Blood and Cancer.  68. 2021
    2021 Social inequities and cystic fibrosis outcomes: we can do betterAnnals of the American Thoracic Society.  18:215-217. 2021
    2021 A Mobile Health Platform for Self-Management of Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis: Qualitative Study of Adaptation to Stakeholder Needs and Integration in Clinical Settings (Preprint) 2021
    2021 A mobile health platform for self-management of pediatric cystic fibrosis: Qualitative study of adaptation to stakeholder needs and integration in clinical settingsJMIR Formative Research.  5. 2021
    2021 Dementia Care in Diverse Older Adults in the U.S. Deep South and the Rest of the United StatesJournal of Alzheimer's Disease.  83:1753-1765. 2021
    2020 Assessing Stress in Pregnancy and Postpartum: Comparing MeasuresMaternal and Child Health Journal.  24:1193-1201. 2020
    2020 Tobacco smoke exposure and socioeconomic factors are independent predictors of pulmonary decline in pediatric cystic fibrosisJournal of Cystic Fibrosis.  19:783-790. 2020
    2020 Tobacco smoke exposure in pediatric cystic fibrosis: A qualitative study of clinician and caregiver perspectives on smoking cessationPediatric Pulmonology.  55:2330-2340. 2020
    2020 Residential instability, neighborhood deprivation, and pediatric asthma outcomesPediatric Pulmonology.  55:1340-1348. 2020
    2020 WS13.3 Tobacco smoke exposure limits the benefit of Symdeko® in paediatric cystic fibrosis patients: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Patient Registry analysisJournal of Cystic Fibrosis.  19:s22. 2020
    2020 Social risk factors for medication nonadherence: Findings from the CARDIA studyAmerican Journal of Health Behavior.  44:232-243. 2020
    2020 The association between neighborhood socioeconomic disadvantage and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 2020
    2020 The future of cystic fibrosis care: a global perspective 2020
    2019 Using photovoice to explore social determinants of obesity in two underserved communities in the southeast 2019
    2019 Area deprivation as a risk factor for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection in pediatric cystic fibrosis 2019
    2019 The St. George's Respiratory Questionnaire Definition of Chronic Bronchitis May Be a Better Predictor of COPD Exacerbations Compared With the Classic DefinitionChest.  156:685-695. 2019
    2019 Adherence to Pulmonary Rehabilitation in COPD: A QUALITATIVE EXPLORATION of PATIENT PERSPECTIVES on BARRIERS and FACILITATORSJournal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention.  39:344-349. 2019
    2019 P420 Reducing tobacco smoke exposure in paediatric cystic fibrosis: a qualitative examination of caregivers' and clinicians perspectivesJournal of Cystic Fibrosis.  18:s176. 2019
    2019 Objective versus self-reported adherence to airway clearance therapy in cystic fibrosis 2019
    2019 Perinatal Maternal Stress and Susceptibility to Infectious Diseases in Later Childhood: An Early Life Programming Perspective 2019
    2018 Determinants of obesity in two urban CommUnities: PerCePtions anD CommUnity-Driven solUtions 2018
    2018 WS05.2 Impact of tobacco smoke exposure on pulmonary function in paediatric cystic fibrosis patientsJournal of Cystic Fibrosis.  17:s9. 2018
    2017 Social Determinants of Adherence to Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary DiseaseCOPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.  14:610-617. 2017
    2017 Bikeshare use in urban communities: Individual and neighborhood factors 2017
    2017 Disparities in chronic medical conditions in the Mid-SouthEthnicity and Health.  22:196-208. 2017
    2017 Does one size fit all? The role of body mass index and waist circumference in systemic inflammation in midlife by race and genderEthnicity and Health.  22:169-183. 2017
    2017 Socio-Demographic Patterns of Chronic Disease and Health Behaviors: How the Mid-South Region Compares to the Rest of the Country. 2017
    2017 Advancing the Science of Health Disparities Through Research on the Social Determinants of HealthAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  52:S1-S4. 2017
    2017 Perceived Discrimination and Privilege in Health Care: The Role of Socioeconomic Status and RaceAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  52:S86-S94. 2017
    2017 Sociodemographic Patterns of Chronic Disease: How the Mid-South Region Compares to the Rest of the CountryAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  52:S31-S39. 2017
    2017 Systemic Inflammation in Midlife: Race, Socioeconomic Status, and Perceived DiscriminationAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  52:S63-S76. 2017
    2017 The Social Determinants of Chronic DiseaseAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  52:S5-S12. 2017
    2016 Risk stratification model to detect early pulmonary disease in infants with cystic fibrosis diagnosed by newborn screeningPediatric pulmonology. Supplement.  51:1168-1176. 2016
    2016 Dimensions of racial identity and perceived discrimination in health care 2016
    2016 Racial and gender disparities in incidence of lung and bronchus cancer in the United States: A longitudinal analysisPLoS One.  11. 2016
    2016 Socioeconomic status and health outcomes: cystic fibrosis as a modelExpert Review of Respiratory Medicine.  10:967-977. 2016
    2016 Patient navigation as a model to increase participation of African Americans in cancer clinical trialsJco Oncology Practice.  12:556-563. 2016
    2015 Adherence to airway clearance therapy in pediatric cystic fibrosis: Socioeconomic factors and respiratory outcomesPediatric pulmonology. Supplement.  50:1244-1252. 2015
    2015 Patient navigation as a model to increase minority participation in cancer clinical trials.Journal of Clinical Oncology.  33:6559-6559. 2015


    Year Title Altmetric
    2020 Health Disparities.  35-55. 2020
    2019 Which Types of Providers Can Help Me with My CF? 2019
    2016 Cystic Fibrosis 2016

    Research Overview

  • • Social determinants of health and health equity
    • Patient-centered outcomes and health services research
    • mHealth, adherence, and self-management of chronic respiratory diseases
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2015
  • Master's Level Degree in Linguistics, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" 1989
  • Bachelor's Level Degree in Linguistics, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" 1988
  • Full Name

  • Gabriela Oates