Allan Tate

Research Assistant
MPC Predoctoral Trainee
Epidemiology and Community Health
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Research Interests

Social Determinants of Health; Immigrant Health; Health in Conflict and Post-Disaster Settings; Child Development; Child Obesity; Stress and Mental Health


In 2012, I joined the MPC as a student pursuing a master's in public health. My research investigates the multi-level determinants of population health and applies epidemiologic methods for causal inference. At the individual and family-levels, my ongoing research examines how child weight status is influenced by the family system and interpersonal factors including biologically based, individual differences in child food-related behaviors. At the State-level, my demographic research involves the consequences of mass disaster and violent conflict (biological, technological, meteorological, and war) on parenting norms and child health indicators.

My professional background includes 6 years of experience in business management, consulting, and leadership roles for Fortune 500 companies and 5+ years of experience supporting the statistical analysis of research projects in an academic setting. My methodological experience includes the quantitative interpretation of research using cross-sectional, longitudinal, and population survey data as well as novel designs leveraging ecological momentary assessment. I foster my professional development through appointments as a graduate research assistant supporting the Family Meals Live! and Family Matters research studies, formal mentorship as a graduate of the population studies and demography trainee program with the Minnesota Population Center, and through continuing academic training as an epidemiology PhD student at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Selected Publications

Berge, J. M., Tate, A.D., Trofholz, A., Fertig, A., Crow, S., Neumark-Sztainer, D., & Miner, M. (2018). Examining within- and across-day relationships between transient and chronic stress and parent food- related parenting practices in a racially/ethnically diverse and immigrant population: Stress types and food-related parenting practices. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 15(1), 7. doi:10.1186/s12966-017-0629-1. PMCID: PMC5771034

Coleman, J.D., Tate, A.D., Gaddist, B., & White, J. (2016). Social Determinants of HIV-Related Stigma in Faith-Based Organizations. American Journal of Public Health, 106(3), 492-496. doi:10.2105/ajph.2015.302985. PMCID: PMC4815751

Tate, A.D., Trofholz, A.C., Rudasill, K.M., Neumark-Sztainer, D., & Berge, J.M. (2016). Does child temperament modify the overweight risk associated with parent feeding behaviors and child eating behaviors?: An exploratory study. Appetite, 101, 178-183. PMCID: PMC4837692

Oakes, J.M., Fuchs, E.L., Tate, A.D., Galos, D.L., & Biyoow, I.M. (2016). How Should We Improve Neighborhood Health? Evaluating Evidence from a Social Determinant Perspective. Current Epidemiology Reports. doi:10.1007/s40471-016-0072-x.