Joanna Almeida

MPH Steering Committee Member

Doctor of Science (ScD), Harvard School of Public Health
Master of Social Work (MSW), Boston University
Master of Public Health (MPH), Boston University

Joanna Almeida is an Assistant Professor at Simmons School of Social Work. Before beginning her faculty position, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute on Urban Health Research at Northeastern University. 

After earning her master’s degrees, Almeida was a fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she conducted public health research at the local, state, and federal levels. As part of her fellowship, she conducted epidemiologic research for the Miami-Dade County Health Department on risk factors for Hepatitis C among clients of a public STD clinic, and she helped identify unique risk factors for childhood lead poisoning among recently arrived immigrants in Miami, Florida. This research informed the development of lead poisoning screening guidelines for health care practitioners in Miami-Dade County.

Recently, Almeida completed a National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institutes of Health fellowship on substance use among Latino immigrants. Almeida’s primary research is focused on understanding social factors such as social networks/social support, poverty, discrimination, and neighborhood conditions that influence the deterioration of immigrants’ health after arrival in the U.S. Her work has been covered by The Boston Globe and by Boston Public Radio. In addition, she was invited to discuss her research findings at the State Library of Massachusetts.