Joseph Allegra

Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Epidemiology & Biostatistics


PhD, Epidemiology, University of Georgia, 2016

MPH, Epidemiology, University of Georgia, 2011

BA, Psychology, Boston University, 2000

Areas of Expertise

Research: chronic disease, social epidemiology, aging



American Public Health Association

Course Instruction



Research Interests

Dr. Allegra’s primary research assesses how changes in socioeconomic status affect the onset of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases. He has also analyzed data to determine the role that loss of a loved one plays on survivor health and their use of the healthcare system.

Selected Publications

Simpson C, Allegra JC, Ezeamama AE, Elkins J, Miles T. The Impact of Mid- and Late-Life Loss on Insomnia. Fam Community Heal. 2014. doi:10.1097/FCH.0000000000000039

Miles TP, Allegra JC, Ezeamama A, Simpson C, Gerst-emerson K, Elkins J. In a Longevity Society, Loss and Grief Are Emerging Risk Factors for Health Care Use : Findings From the Health and Retirement Survey Cohort Aged 50 to 70 Years. Am J Hosp Palliat Med. 2016;33(1):41-46.doi:10.1177/1049909114552125.

Ezeamama AE, Elkins J, Simpson C,. Indicators of resilience and healthcare outcomes : findings from the 2010 health and retirement survey. Qual Life Res. 2015. doi:10.1007/s11136-015-1144-y.

Allegra J, Ezeamama A, Simpson C, Miles T, Miles T. Population-level impact of loss on survivor mortality risk. Qual Life Res. 2015;24(12):2959-2961. doi:10.1007/s11136-015-1048-x.