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Marino A. Bruce, PhD, MSRC, MDiv

bruce,20marino.jpgScience Director, OHD PRIDE
Research Associate Professor of Medicine, Health and Society
Director, Program for Research on Faith and Health
Associate Director, Center for Research on Men's Health
Vanderbilt University
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Background

Dr. Marino Bruce is a social and behavioral scientist with interests in the integration of the full range of health determinants specifically for young African American males and their risk factors for chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease. His current research explores the intersection of race, gender, spirituality, religiosity, and behavior and their implications for social and health outcomes among African-American male boys, adolescents and emerging adults. He is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and an ordained Baptist Minister and leverages the strengths of research-, community-, and faith-based communities toward efforts to improve the health of disadvantaged and disenfranchised males, their families, and their communities.

Research interests

  • Health determinants for young African-American males and their risk factors for chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease
  • Race, gender, spirituality, religiosity, and behavior and their implications for social and health outcomes among African-American male boys, adolescents, and emerging adults

Recent publications

  • Bruce MA, Thorpe RJ Jr, Beech BM, Towns T, Odoms-Young A. Sex, Race, Food Security, and Sugar Consumption Change Efficacy Among Low-Income Parents in an Urban Primary Care Setting. Fam Community Health. 2018 Apr/Jun;41 Suppl 2 Suppl, Food Insecurity and Obesity:S25-S32. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000184. PubMed PMID: 29461313; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5824648.
  • Beech BM, Bruce MA, Thorpe RJ, Jr., Heitman E, Griffith DM,┬áNorris KC. Theory-Informed Research Training and Mentoring of Underrepresented Early-Career Faculty at Teaching-Intensive Institutions: The Obesity Health Disparities PRIDE Program. Ethnicity & Disease. 2018;28(2):115-122.
  • Griffith DM, Cornish EK, Bergner EM, Bruce MA, Beech BM. "Health is the Ability to Manage Yourself Without Help": How Older African American Men Define Health and Successful Aging. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2018 Jan 11;73(2):240-247. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbx075. PubMed PMID: 28977532; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5926982.
  • Bruce MA, Martins D, Duru K, Beech BM, Sims M, Harawa N, Vargas R, Kermah D, Nicholas SB, Brown A,┬áNorris KC. Church attendance, allostatic load and mortality in middle aged adults. PLoS One. 2017 May 16;12(5):e0177618.
  • Bruce MA, Beech BM, Thorpe, Jr. RJ, Mincey K, Griffith DM. 2017. Racial and Gender Disparities in Sugar Consumption Change Efficacy among First-year College Students. Appetite. 109:33-39.
  • Bruce MA, Beech BM, Norris, KC, Griffith DM, Sims M, Thorpe Jr. RJ. 2017. Sex, Obesity, and Blood Pressure among African American Adolescents: The Jackson Heart KIDS Pilot Study. American Journal of Hypertension. 30(9):892-898. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/ajh/hpx071.