Krista M. Perreira PhD ’99 has been awarded the 2014 Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill). The award recognizes distinguished service to the state, the nation, and the university by a faculty member. Perreira is professor of public policy and associate dean for undergraduate research in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a health economist who studies disparities in health, education, and economic well-being and interrelationships between family, health, and social policy, especially as they affect immigrant families and their children.
Two of her current research projects are illustrative. The Hispanic Community Health Study / Study of Latinos seeks to determine the role of acculturation in the prevalence of disease in the Hispanic/Latino community, and to identify risk factors that play a protective or harmful role. Implementing Health Care Reform in North Carolina aims to identify challenges in enrolling low-income families into health care options available under the Affordable Care Act.
In addition to her PhD from Berkeley, she has an MSPH from Yale University (1995) and a BA cum laude from Pomona College (1991). Among her other honors is the 2010 Hettleman Prize for scholarly achievement by a young faculty member at UNC-Chapel Hill. Additional information about her research and service can be found on her UNC web page.