Joy Piontak

Research Analyst

Joy Piontak is a research analyst at the Duke University Center for Child and Family Policy, where she serves as coordinator for research projects at the adaptlab.

Piontak's research focuses on social inequalities across place and their impact on health. Her dissertation research examined the effect socioeconomic and racial segregation and food access have on rates of childhood obesity, with particular focus on urban and rural contexts and the interactions between individual characteristics and place. Her other works has examined the ways inter-generational households affect maternal well-being. Her current research continues her examination of the role of social inequality, daily stress and food insecurity on child health behaviors and outcomes.

She specialized in families, race, class and gender inequality, spatial inequalities, and health disparities. Her research examined the role of school and community segregation and food access in obesity rates among children. She worked as a research associate on a number of evaluation projects related to child health and safety in North Carolina before joining the Center in April 2013.

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  • Ph.D. Sociology, North Carolina State University
  • M.S. Sociology, North Carolina State University
  • B.S. University of Tulsa