Ebony N. Russ, MA, MS, Student Member

About Me:
As a Medical Sociologist specializing in Criminology, I am passionate about improving health disparities among individuals who are part of dispossessed, vulnerable populations.

Ebony N. Russ, MA, MS is a Medical Research Coordinator in the Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine at Howard University. She works on a grant-funded research study supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) which studies the impact of several forms of childhood victimization/poly victimization with depression; sleep; health problems and symptom; alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use (ATOD); current drug use as measured by the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBS); and HIV risk behaviors among African American (AA) young adults ages 18-25, who live in an urban environment (Washington DC). Additionally, Ebony studies research related to childhood victimization and DNA telomere length.

Ebony has worked with formerly incarcerated individuals as a mental health professional as well as worked within the DC Department of Corrections as a medical professional.

As a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Howard University, her dissertation research focuses on Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factor Prevention among Formerly Incarcerated African Americans. In her mixed-methodological study, she will use justice-involved individuals’ words to inform their health statistics.


Howard UniversityPh.D. (candidate) in Sociology, Specialization in Medical Sociology & Criminology2021
Florida International UniversityM.S. in Counseling Psychology2013
University of MississippiM.A. in Higher Education and Student Personnel2007
Texas Tech UniversityB.A. Psychology Major/Biology Minor2005
Email: ebruss2442@gmail.com