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Keon L. Gilbert, DrPH

Associate Professor; Behavioral Science and Health Education
College for Public Health and Social Justice

Co-Founder of the Institute for Healing Justice and Equity

Courses Taught

Introduction to Behavioral Science; Eliminating Health Disparities


  • DrPH, Behavioral Communication Health Science, University of Pittsburgh
  • M.P.A., Public Affairs, Indiana University
  • M.A., African American Studies, Indiana University
  • B.A., Wabash College

Research Interests

Social capital; health disparities; African American men's health; health promotion and disease prevention interventions for chronic diseases.

Publications and Media Placements

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:

In the news:
  • "The Root Causes of Unhealthy Communities" by Keon Gibert and Keith Elder - AFRO, March 2015
  • "SLU assistant professor receives grant to identify policies that improve health of African-American men" - News Medical, May 2013

Research highlights:

    1. Gilbert, K. L., Rashawn Ray, Siddiqi, A., Shetty, S., Keith Elder, Elizabeth Baker, & Griffith, D. M. (2016) Visible and Invisible Trends in African American Men’s Health: Pitfalls and Promises for Addressing Inequalities. Annual Review of Public Health, vol.37, 295-311.

    2. Gilbert, K. L., & Ray, R. (2016) Why Police Kill Black Males with Impunity: Applying Public Health Critical Race Praxis (PHCRP) to Address the Determinants of Policing Behaviors and “Justifiable Homicides” in the U.S. Journal of Urban Health.

    3. Ackermann, N., Goodman, M. S., Gilbert, K. L., Arroyo-Johnson, C., & Pagano, M. (2015). Race, law, and health: Examination of “Stand Your Ground” and defendant convictions in Florida. Social Science & Medicine, 142, 194–201. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.08.012 [I-2.89]

Find Keon Gilbert on ResearchGate

Honors and Awards

  • Saint Louis University Spirit of the Billiken Award Honored Mentor, 2015
  • Wabash College, Thomas Cole Lecture Honoree, 2009

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • City of St. Louis, Department of Health Board of Health and Hospitals, board member
  • Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) Board of Trustees, Trustee for Membership and Leadership

Community Work and Service

  • City Garden Schools, Anti-bias/Anti-racism, board member
  • Faith Communities United, board member