Chelsea Singleton, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Office 2200-20
Chelsea Singleton, sitting, smiling, hands crossed

Education & Affiliations

PhD Epidemiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
MPH Epidemiology, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
BS Biology (Pre-Med), Xavier University of Louisiana


Dr. Chelsea Singleton is a nutritional epidemiologist whose research examines the impact healthy food access has on food purchasing behavior, dietary intake, and chronic disease risk. The overarching goal of her research is to document and dismantle nutritional inequities affecting low-income populations and people of color in the U.S. Her recent work has primarily focused on describing the mechanisms by which structural racism and structural violence impede healthy eating in underserved communities. She has extensive experience working with nutrition assistance program participants (e.g., SNAP, WIC), and she primarily uses epidemiological, geo-spatial, and community-based participatory research methods to accomplish her research goals. 

Prior to joining the SBPS faculty, she was an Assistant Professor of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed a USDA-funded post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2018. In 2020, the National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities (NIH/NIMHD) awarded her a five-year K01 grant. Her K01 research aims to study the effects of community violence on food retail and food purchasing behavior in low-income African American communities. She is a proud Tulane and Xavier graduate!

Research Areas

  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Nutritional Inequities
  • Retail Food Environment
  • Food Purchasing Behavior
  • Nutrition Assistance Programs
  • Nutrition Incentive Programs

Honors & Awards

  • 2021 – 2023: NIH/NCI Loan Repayment Award
  • 2020 – 2025: NIH/NIMHD Career Development Award (K01)
  • 2019: Best Poster Presentation, Policies & Environments SIG, International Society for Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity
  • 2018: Best Abstract Award (Early-Career Professional), Society for Nutrition Education Behavior
  • 2017 – 2019: NIH/NCI Loan Repayment Award
  • 2016 – 2018: USDA/AFRI Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award
  • 2015: Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society (Upsilon Chapter), University of Alabama at Birmingham


View Dr. Singleton's publications at her NCBI profile page