Assistant Professor

Dept. of  Pediatrics
Division of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Contact Information:

Office Address: MTC 201
Phone: 205-939-9345


University of Maryland, Baltimore County, MD 
BS, 1996

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 
MD, 2000

Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA 
MPH, 2004

Post-Graduate Training:

Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 
Intern, Pediatrics, 2000-1

Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 
Resident, Pediatrics, 2001-3

Harvard School of Medicine, Boston, MA 
Fellow, The Commonwealth Fund, Minority Health Policy, 2003-4

Children’s Hospital Boston/Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA 
Fellow, Adolescent Medicine, 2003-6

Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA 
Fellow, Pediatric Health Services Research, 2005-6

Research Description:

Dr. Durant’s research focus is promotion of physical activity especially in adolescents and young adults. Dr. Durant has expertise in: formative data collection and analyses, recruitment and retention among young diverse populations and physical activity measurement including utilization of accelerometers and heart rate monitors to appropriately monitor physical activity.   Dr. Durant served as a Co-PI on the Robert Wood Johnson Funded “Active Where?” study, a study of the relationships among youth physical activity, obesity and the built environment.  Through her work with the “Active Where?” study, a multi-site study conducted in Boston, Cincinnati and San Diego, she gained experience in multidisciplinary collaborative research, formative assessment, survey development and validation and recruitment and retention of underserved populations.  Currently, she is the PI on the UAB CNRC pilot feasibility study, “WALKFIT: Efficacy of Exercise in the Prevention of Weight Gain and Promotion of Weight Loss Among Young African American Women.” She is the PI on the MHRC Charles Barkley Health Disparities Grant: Exercise in Young African American Women: Advancing Methods of Promotion of Physical Activity: WEBWALK, a study to design a technology based intervention to promote walking among African American women ages 18-30.  Dr. Durant is also the PI on the CDC Reach US Junior Investigator Grant “Food Fun and Fitness Remix” awarded by the MHRC. In this community based research project , Dr. Durant is partnering with Lawson State University, Friends of West End and the MHRC to both promote healthy lifestyles and measure risk factors for low physical activity and obesity among young African American women ages 18-30 including self efficacy, social support, neighborhood environment factors, diet, exercise and sedentary behavior.


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