Professional Summary



Dr. Schulz is a Professor of Health Behavior & Health Education, and Research Director in the Instititute on Research on Women and Gender.  Dr. Schulz received her Ph.D. in Sociology and her M.P.H. in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on social factors that contribute to health with a particular focus on health disparities and urban communities. She is Associate Director of the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health and Co-Director for the NIH funded "Promoting Ethnic Diversity in Public Health". Dr. Schulz's research appears in Social Problems, The Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Science and Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Health Education and Behavior, The Annual Review of Public Health, and Health Education Research.

Website(s): Health Behavior & Health Education; Healthy Environments Partnership;

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)



  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan, 1994
  • M.S.W., Social Policy, University of Michigan, 1990
  • M.P.H., Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan, 1981
  • B.F.A., Art and Design, University of Michigan, 1978


Research Interests & Projects

Current research efforts focus on understanding social determinants of health in urban communities, the contributions of social and environmental factors to racial and socioeconomic disparities in cardiovascular disease, social aspects of community and their relationship to health, and interventions designed to increase access to healthy foods in urban areas. She is Principal Investigator for the Healthy Environments Partnership (, a community-based participatory research partnership focused on social and physical environments and cardiovascular disease in Detroit, and Co-Principal Investigator for Promoting Healthy Eating in Detroit (PHED, E. Kieffer, PI), a community-based participatory research project to improve access to healthy foods and promote healthy eating in Detroit. Her co-edited book with Leith Mullings, Ph.D., is entitled "Gender, Race, Class and Health: Intersectional Perspectives." In addition, Dr. Schulz has been involved in projects concerned with: the effects of colonization on the health of Native Americans; community-based approaches to research and community change; the evaluation of community partnerships for health promotion; and the role of grassroots environmental groups in addressing issues of environmental degradation and economic development.

Selected Publications

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  • Schulz, A.J., Israel, B.A., Zenk, S., Parker, E.A., Lichtenstein, R., Weir, S.S., & Klem, L. (In press). Psychosocial stress and social support as mediators of relationships between income, length of residence and depressive symptoms among African American women on Detroit's eastside. Social Science and Medicine
  • Schulz, A.J., Gravlee, L., Williams, D.R., Israel, B.A., & Rowe, Z. (In press). Unfair treatment and symptoms of depression among urban African American women: A longitudinal analysis. American Journal of Public Health
  • Schulz, A.J., Kannan, S., Dvonch, J.T., Israel, B.A., Allen, A., James, S.A., House, J.S., & Lepkowski, J.M. (2005). Social and physical environments and disparities in risk for cardiovascular disease: The Healthy Environments Partnership conceptual model.
  • Zenk, S., Schulz, A.J., Israel, B.A., James, S.A., Bao, S., & Wilson, M.L. (2005). Neighborhood racial composition, neighborhood poverty, and supermarket accessibility in metropoliltan Detroit. American Journal of Public Health, 95(4), 660-667.
  • Schulz, A.J., Williams, D.R., Israel, B.A., & Lempert, L.B. (2002). Racial and spatial relations as fundamental determinants of health in Detroit. Milbank Quarterly, 80(4), 677-707.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Public Health Association
  • American Sociological Association
  • Sociologists for Women in Society

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