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Scholarly Interest Report
         
Rachel Tolbert Kimbro
Professor
Professor in Sociology
 
e-mail:rtkimbro@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. Sociology and Policy Studies (2001) Rice University
  • M.A. Sociology (2003) Princeton University
  • Ph.D. Sociology (2005) Princeton University
 
Primary Department
   Department of Sociology
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Websites
 Rachel Kimbro Faculty Profile
 
Research Areas
 Social inequalities in health; child obesity; family structure and health; poverty and children's wellbeing
 

Family Dynamics, Poverty, and Maternal and Child Health and Wellbeing

 

Dr. Kimbro's research focuses on racial and ethnic health disparities and family influences on health behaviors and outcomes. Current work examines family and neighborhood influences on child obesity and physical activity in low-income and immigrant families. Additional projects include: Language proficiency and health for immigrants to the US; maternal mental health and investments in children; and determinants of children's screen media use.  Her work is or has been funded by the Foundation for Child Development, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Active Living Program, Mississippi State University's Southern Rural Development Center, the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy Health Economics Program, and the Faculty Initiatives Program at Rice.

 
Teaching Areas
 Introduction to Sociology, Poverty and Public Policy, Medical Sociology
 
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles
 
Gregory Sharp, Justin T. Denney, and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. 2015.  “Multiple Contexts of Exposure: Activity Spaces, Residential Neighborhoods, and Self-Rated Health.” Social Science and Medicine. 146:204-213.
 
 
Jennifer Augustine and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro.  “Associations and Intervening Mechanisms between Family Structure and Young Children’s Obesity.”  Forthcoming, Journal of Family Issues.
 
 
Matthew Desmond and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro.  “Eviction’s Fallout: Housing, Hardship, and Health.” 2015.  Social Forces, 94: 295-324.

 
 
Rachel Tolbert Kimbro and Justin T. Denney. 2015.  “Transitions Into Food Insecurity Associated with Behavioral Problems and Worse Overall Health Among Children.” 2015. Health Affairs. 34(11): 1949-1955.
 
 
Chen, Tzu-An, Tom Baranowski, Jennette P. Moreno, Teresia M. O’Connor, Sheryl O. Hughes, 
Janice Baranowski, Deborah Woehler, Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, and Craig A. Johnston.
“Obesity Status Transitions across the
Elementary Years: Use of Markov Chain Modeling.” Forthcoming, Pediatric Obesity.
 
 
Bridget K. Gorman, Cynthia Novoa, and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro.  “Acculturation, Selective Migration, and Overweight among Asian 
and Latino Immigrant Adults.” Forthcoming, International Migration Review.
 
 
Mackenzie Brewer* and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro.  2014. “Neighborhoods and Immigrant Children’s Physical Activity.” 
Social Science and Medicine,
116: 1-9.
 
 

Rachel Tolbert Kimbro and Bhavika Kaul.  “Disparities in Young Immigrant Children’s Physical Activity Patterns.” Forthcoming, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

 
 
Wendell Taylor, Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, Gina Evans-Hudnall, Lorna Haughton McNeill, and Ann Smith Barnes.   “Sedentary Behavior, Body Mass Index, and Weight Loss Maintenance among African American Women.” 2014. Ethnicity and Disease. 25: 38-45.

 
 

Bratter, Jenifer and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. 2013. “Multiracial Children and Racial Differences in Child Poverty: Evidence from the ECLS-K.” Family Relations, 62(1): 175-189.

 
 

Daphne Hernandez and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. 2013. “The Association Between Acculturation and Health Insurance Coverage for Immigrant Children from Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Regions of Origin.” Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 15(3): 453-461.

 
 
Jennifer March Augustine and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro.  2013. 
“Family Structure and Obesity Among U.S. Children.”  Journal of Applied Research
on Children,
4(1): Article 5.
 
 

Rachel Tolbert Kimbro and Justin T. Denney. 2013. “Neighborhood Context and Racial/Ethnic Differences in Young Children’s Obesity: Structural Barriers to Interventions.” Social Science & Medicine, 95:97-105.


 
 

Barnes, Ann Smith and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. 2012. "A Descriptive Study of African-American Women Successful at Long-term Maintenance of Clinically Significant Weight Loss and the Establishment of the African-American Weight Control Registry." Journal of General Internal Medicine. 27(10): 1272-1279.

 
 

Ariela Schachter, Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, and Bridget Gorman. 2012. “Language Proficiency and Health Status: Are Bilingual Immigrants Healthier?” Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 53(1): 124-145.

 
 

Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, Bridget Gorman, and Ariela Schachter. 2012. “Acculturation and Health for Latinos and Asian Immigrants in the U.S." Social Problems.
59(3): 341-363.

 
 

Kimbro, Rachel Tolbert, Justin T. Denney, and Sarita Panchang.  2012. Neighborhood Characteristics and Children's Food Insecurity. Journal of Applied Research on Children.
3(1), Article 8.

 

 
 

Carpiano, Richard and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. 2012. "Self-Efficacy and Health for Caregivers: The Role of Community Social Capital." Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 53(2): 232-247.

 
 

Adrianne Frech and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. 2011. “Maternal Mental Health, Neighborhood Characteristics, and Time Investments in Children.” Journal of Marriage and Family. 73: 605-620.

 
 

Rachel Tolbert Kimbro and Ariela Schachter. 2011. “Neighborhood Poverty and Maternal Fear of Children’s Outdoor Play.” Family Relations. 60: 461-475.

 
 

Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and Sara McLanahan. 2011. “Neighborhood Context and Children’s Outdoor Play.” Social Science and Medicine. 72: 668-676.

 
 

2010 Kimbro, Rachel Tolbert and Elizabeth Rigby. “Federal Food Policy: Part of the Childhood Obesity Problem or Solution?” Health Affairs. 29(3): 411-418.

 
 

Kimbro, Rachel Tolbert.  2009.  "Acculturation in Context:  Gender, Age at Migration, Neighborhood Ethnicity, and Health Behaviors."  Social Science Quarterly.  90(5): 1145-1166.

 
 

Emerson, Michael O., Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, and George Yancey. 2002. Contact Theory Extended: The Effect of Prior Multiracial Contact on Current Social Ties Social Science Quarterly. 83(3):745-761

 
 

Goldman, Noreen J., Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, Cassio Turra, and Anne Pebley. 2006. Another Hispanic Paradox? How Socioeconomic Health Gradients Differ for Whites and Latinos. American Journal of Public Health. 96(12): 2186-2193.

 
 

Kimbro, Rachel Tolbert. 2006. On-the-Job Moms: The Return to Work and Breastfeeding Duration. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 10(1):19-26.

 
 

Kimbro, Rachel Tolbert. 2008.  "Together Forever? Relationship Dynamics and Maternal Investments in Children's Health." Journal of Marriage and Family.  70(3): 745-757.

 
 

Kimbro, Rachel Tolbert, Sara McLanahan, and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn. 2007. Children's Overweight and Obesity at Age Three: Examining the Racial and Ethnic Differentials.  American Journal of Public Health. 97:298-305.

 
 

Kimbro, Rachel Tolbert, Scott M. Lynch, and Sara McLanahan. 2008. The Influence of Acculturation on Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration for Mexican-Americans. Population Research and Policy Review. 27(2): 183-199.

 
 

Kimbro, Rachel Tolbert, Sharon Bzostek, Noreen Goldman, and German Rodriguez.  2008. Racial and Ethnic Variation in Health Inequalities in the U.S.  Health Affairs. 27(2): 361-372.

 
 

2007 Weden, Margaret and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. 2007.  Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Timing of First Marriage and Smoking Cessation. Journal of Marriage and Family. 69(3): 878-887.

 
 Book chapters
 

Rigby, Elizabeth and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro.  "Latino Children in Texas."  in Latinos and Public Policy in Texas, David Leal and Robert Lineberry, Editors.  Forthcoming.

 
Presentations
 Invited Papers
 

Ariela Schachter, Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, and Bridget Gorman.  “Language Proficiency and Health Status: Are Bilingual Immigrants Healthier?” March 2011. Population Association of America, Washington, DC.

 
 

Rachel Tolbert Kimbro and Ariela Schachter.  “Maternal Fear and Children’s Outdoor Play.” March 2011.  Population Association of America, Washington, DC.

 
 

"Extended Kin, Acculturation, and Asian Adolescent Well-Being.." Population Association of America, (April 2010) With Holly Heard and Adrianne Frech

 
 

"Maternal Mental Health and Children’s Activities in Low-Income Families." American Sociological Association, (August 2010) With Adrianne Frech

 
 

"Federal Food Assistance Programs: Part of the Childhood Obesity Problem or Solution?." (USDA ERS RIDGE Conference)

 
 

"Objective and Subjective Neighborhood Characteristics and the Influence on Children's Sedentary Behaviors." (Robert Wood Johnson Active Living Conference)

 
 

"Residential Segregation and Adult Physical Activity." (Southern Demographic Association)

 
 A Person-Centered Methodology for Examining Health Disparities. Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Annual Meeting. May 2006.
 
 Black/White Differences in the Influence of First Marriage on Smoking Cessation. American Sociological Association. August 2006. (with Maggie Weden)
 
 Changes in Determinants of Age at First Birth in the U.S.: 1970-2004. Southern Sociological Society. April 2007. (with Elizabeth Wildsmith)
 
 

"Race/Ethnic and Public Policy Determinants of Child Obesity." University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, Lexington, KY. (May 2008)

 
 

"Together Forever? Romantic Relationship Characteristics and Prenatal Health Behaviors." Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. (May 2007)

 
 Together Forever? Relationship Dynamics and Maternal Investments in Children’s Health. Population Association of America. March 2007.
 
 Invited Talks
 

“Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Young Children’s Overweight and Obesity.”  February 2011. Texas Human Nutrition Conference Speaker, Texas A&M University.

 
 

“Maternal Fear, Collective Efficacy, and Young, Urban Children’s Outdoor Play.” December 2010.  Vanderbilt University Department of Sociology’s Emerging Scholars Series.

 
 

"Maternal Perceptions of Neighborhood Characteristics and Children's Physical Activity." (University of Texas-Austin Population Research Center)

 
 Posters
 

"Poverty, Neighborhoods, and Children's Play." Active Living Research Conference, (February 2010)

 
 Racial and Ethnic Differences in Children’s SES Health Gradients: Why Don’t Equal Investments in Maternal Education Translate to Equal Outcomes? American Sociological Association. August 2006.
 
Editorial Positions
 Member of the Editorial Board, American Sociological Review. (2011 - 2015)

 Associate Editor, Journal of Population Research and Policy Review. (2011 - 2015)

Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Tara Grigg, B.A. Class, Parenting, and Teen Mothers. (2008) (Thesis Co-Director)

 Ariela Schachter, B.A. Accessing Health: A Latino Immigrant Experience. (2009) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Jenny Kingsley, B.A. WIC Receipt, Breastfeeding Initiation, and Childhood Obesity. (2010) (Thesis Director)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, Rice University

 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching,

 Sarah Burnett Teaching Award, School of Social Sciences

 Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize, Rice University

 Foundation for Child Development Young Scholar, Foundation for Child Development (2010-2012)

 Distinguished Associate, Brown College (April 2008)

 Jacob K. Javits Fellow, U.S. Department of Education (08/01/01-08/31/05)

 Junior Scholar, Ohio State University Inequalities in Health Conference, Ohio State Department of Sociology (June 2006)

Positions Held
 Membership Committee Chair, Medical Sociology Section, American Sociological Association. (2010 - 2010)

 Teaching Committee Chair (elected), Medical Sociology Section, American Sociological Association. (2009 - 2009)