Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins

Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, Ph.D.

Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins
  • Visiting Scholar

Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins studies how racism and other psychosocial stressors interact with chronic diseases in high-risk members of the Black community.

Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins is a dynamic speaker, author, and scholar. He is a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and a Core Investigator at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the Corporal Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia. Jenkins is appointed in the School of Nursing and the School of Social Policy & Practice, and he is an Associate Fellow with the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. He is also the director of the Interpreting Attitudes toward Minorities in Medicine (I AM) Research Group.

Jenkins, who is a two-time award winning national journalist examines the influence of race, racism, and psychosocial stress within medicine. Jenkins leads research studies that analyze how stress lethally interacts with vascular-based diseases (e.g., heart disease, chronic kidney disease, and diabetes) and Alzheimer’s Disease in high-risk subgroups within the Black community. To best understand how racism makes people sick, Jenkins and his research team work with former professional football players, veterans, and people living with vascular-based diseases to create family-centered culturally sensitive and competent interventions.