THURSTON, IDIA B.

Assistant Professor (Adjunct)
Department of Pediatrics, UTHSC/Le Bonheur Pediatric Obesity Program

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology, University of Memphis

Office: UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
310 PSYCHOLOGY BUILDING
MEMPHIS TN 38152
Tel: (901) 678-4690
ithursto@uthsc.edu
https://www.memphis.edu/psychology/people/faculty/thurston.php

Education

  • Fellowship, Boston Children''s Hospital/Harvard Medical School 
  • Ph.D., University of South Florida 
  • M.A., University of South Florida 
  • B.S., Florida State University

Research Description

  • The Impact of Stress and Resilience on Obesity-Related Metabolic Complications in Adolescents
    • NIH/NIDDK  R21DK113344 (Thurston)
    • Sep 2018- Aug 2021
    • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Examining Resilience in Youth Exposed to Adversity  
    • NIH/NICHD  R15HD089410 (Howell)
    • May 2017- Apr 2020
    • Role: Co-Investigator
  • Project CLIMB—A Proposal for Pilot Funding for Student-Led Cancer Research in Our Community 
    • Pyramid Peak Foundation (Martin, Schwartz, Thurston) 
    • Nov 2018 – Dec 2019
    • Role: Multiple Principal Investigator

Research Interest/Specialty

  • Health Disparities & Intersectional Multicultural Identities
  • Biopsychosocial and Sociocultural Risk and Protective factors
  • Stress, Stigma, & Weight Misperception in Youth with Overweight and Obesity
  • Co-occurring Adversities of HIV, Substance Use, and Violence in Mothers and Resilience in their Children
  • Community-Based Participatory Research & Dissemination to Marginalized Populations
  • Culturally-responsive Interventions for Adolescents & Young Adults (AYA)