Dr. Marino Bruce is a social and behavioral scientist with interests in the integration of the full range of health determinants specifically for young African American males and their risk factors for chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease. His current research explores the intersection of race, gender, spirituality, religiosity, and behavior and their implications for social and health outcomes among African American male boys, adolescents and emerging adults. He is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and an ordained Baptist Minister and leverages the strengths of research-, community-, and faith-based communities toward efforts to improve the health of disadvantaged and disenfranchised males, their families, and their communities.
- Health determinants for young African American males and their risk factors for chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease
- Race, gender, spirituality, religiosity, and behavior and their implications for social and health outcomes among African American male boys, adolescents and emerging adults
Bruce MA, Beech BM, Thorpe, Jr. RJ, Mincey K, Griffith DM. 2017. “Racial and Gender Disparities in Sugar Consumption Change Efficacy among First-year College Students.” Appetite. 109:33-39.
Bruce MA, Beech BM, Norris, KC, Griffith DM, Sims M, Thorpe Jr. RJ. 2017. “Sex, Obesity, and Blood Pressure among African American Adolescents: The Jackson Heart KIDS Pilot Study.” American Journal of Hypertension. 30(9):892-898. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/ajh/hpx071.
Bruce MA, Martins D, Duru K, Beech BM, Sims M, Harawa N,Vargas R, Kermah D, Nicholas S, Brown A, Norris KC. 2017. “Church Attendance, Allostatic Load, and Mortality.” PLOS One. 12(5):e0177618. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IootorUR0gQ
Bruce MA, Beech BM, Griffith, DM, Thorpe Jr., RJ. 2016. “Religiosity, Spirituality, and Obesity-related Behaviors among Adolescent African American Males: The Jackson Heart KIDS Pilot Study.” Behavioral Medicine. 42(3):170-176.
Beech, BM, Bruce MA, Hamilton GE, Crump ME. 2016. “The Jackson Heart KIDS Pilot Study: Theory-Informed Recruitment in an African American Population.” Journal of Race and Ethnic Health Disparities. DOI 10.1007/s40615-016- 0228-x.
Bowie J., Parker LJ, Thorpe, Jr. RJ, Holder M, Ezema A. Bruce MA. 2016. “The Influence of Religious Attendance on Smoking among Black Men.” Substance Use and Misuse. Accepted.