Danielle L. Beatty Moody, Ph.D.


Associate Professor

Contact Information:

Email:        dlbeatty@umbc.edu

Office:       Math/Psychology 328

Phone:      410.455.2426

Fax:           410.455.1055

Lab:           Sondheim 513

Phone:      410.455.8188

Website:   The Social Determinants of Health Inequities Lab (SoDHI)


Ph.D., Social/Personality Psychology, Health Psychology Concentration, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Postdoctoral Fellowship, NHLBI Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Research Training Program, University of Pittsburgh, Medical Center

Area of Study:

Behavioral Medicine/Community Psychology

Research Interests:

Dr. Beatty Moody is Director of The Social Determinants of Health Inequities Lab (SoDHI). The SoDHI Lab seeks to identify and ameliorate pathophysiological linkages of psychosocial and environmental factors to cardiovascular and cerebrovascular endpoints across the life course, particularly in racial/ethnic minorities for which health disparities are disproportionately observed. To investigate these endpoints, our work uses Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the brain along with ambulatory methodologies such as ambulatory blood pressure assessment, actigraphy (to assess sleep), and heart rate variability. The SoDHI lab explores early life social disadvantage, socioeconomic status, and varying forms of discrimination (e.g., everyday, lifetime, and racism/ethnic/racial discrimination) as correlates of health disparities. We also collaborate with the Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity across the Life Span (HANDLS) study group at the National Institute on Aging (see https:/handls.nih.gov).


Courses Taught:

Health Psychology (PSYC 385)

Social and Health Psychology (PSYC 441)

Social and Health Psychology (PSYC 601)

Graduate Research and Training Opportunities:

  Accepting Graduate Students

Undergraduate Research and Training Opportunities:

Yes, accepting undergraduate students.  Please contact Ayla Novruz at novruz1@umbc.edu

Graduate Program Affiliation(s):

Human Services Psychology

Selected Publications:

Waldstein, S.R., Beatty Moody, D.L., McNeely, J.M., Allen, A.J., Sprung, M.R., Shah, M.T., Al-Najjar, E., Evans, M.K., & Zonderman, A.B. (2016). Relations of race and poverty status to cardiovascular risk factors in the Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity across the Life Span (HANDLS) study. BMC Public Health, 16, 258. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-2945-9.

Beatty Moody, D.L., Waldstein, S.R., Tobin, J.N., Cassells, A., Schwartz, J.C., & Brondolo, E. (2016). Lifetime racial/ethnic discrimination and ambulatory blood pressure: The moderating effect of age. Health Psychology, 35(4), p.333.

Beatty Moody, D.L., Brown, C., Matthews, K.A., & Bromberger, J.T. (2014). Everyday discrimination prospectively predicts inflammation across 7‐Years in racially diverse midlife women: Study of Women’s Health across the Nation. Journal of Social Issues, 70(2), p.298.

Beatty, D.L., Kamarck, T.W., Matthews, K.A., & Schiffman, S.S. (2011). Childhood socioeconomic status is associated with psychosocial resources in African Americans: The Pittsburgh Healthy Heart Project. Health Psychology. Health Psychology, 30(4), p.472.