Darlingtina Atakere

M.S. (2014) Arkansas Tech University
B.Sc. (2008) University of Nigeria Nsukka
D.Swk. (2003) University of Nigeria Nsukka
Primary office:


Research Lab: The Baker Lab and The Adams Lab
Advisors: Dr. Tamara Baker and Dr. Glenn Adams
Research Interests: Understanding sociocultural determinants of health disparities, utilizing of community health related programs, and evaluating effectiveness of health programs.

Darlingtina grew up in Nigeria where she attended the University of Nigeria Nsukka for her undergraduate studies. Upon obtaining a Diploma in Social Work and Community Development, she went on to study Psychology, graduating with First Class Honors. After a brief period of working for an international NGO and a government agency on health related projects in Nigeria, she came to the US and studied for Masters in Psychology at Arkansas Tech University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Psychology with emphasis on Clinical Health and Gerontology at the University of Kansas under the mentorship of Dr. Tamara Baker and Dr. Glenn Adams.

Her key research interest involves 1) understanding cultural, ethnic, and social determinants of health disparities (especially in older adults); 2) analysing behaviours of people in the community that provides greater health effectiveness and self-sufficiency; 3) identifying factors that may be diminished or discouraged to eliminate causes of health disparities; 4) investigating the effectiveness of community health programs.

Interests Include:

African Studies
Health Disparities
Cultural Psychology
Gerontology
Community Health Literacy


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