Denae W. King is the Interim Associate Director of the Mickey Leland Center on Hunger, Poverty and World Peace in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. Prior to this position, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Health Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and an adjunct Assistant Professor with the Dorothy I. Height, Center for Health Equity and Evaluation Research at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Dr. King developed an interest in community-based participatory research (CBPR) as it relates to environmental health and cancer while completing a Kellogg Scholars in Health Disparities postdoctoral fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She continues to work on environmental health assessment projects designed to address community-identified environmental health concerns in Houston’s underserved environmental justice communities. Dr. King’s interests also include the role of neighborhood effects in the onset of disease in underserved populations. She has presented her research at national conferences such as the American Public Health Association and published her findings in various journals, including, the American Journal of Public Health, Cancer, Health and Place, and the Journal of Cancer Education. Dr. King is an alumni of Texas Southern University, obtaining a B.S. degree in chemistry and a Ph.D. degree in environmental science/toxicology from the University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston, School of Public Health.