Margaret T. Hicken
Faculty Associate, PSC
Research Assistant Professor, SRC-Social Envir & Health
Research Assistant Professor, Int Med-Nephrology
LEO Intermittent Lecturer, Epidemiology Department
Dr. Hicken studies racial inequalities in health, complex systems, gene-environment interactions, stress and environmental toxicants in health. She received her doctorate in public health in May 2010 from the University of Michigan. Through her dissertation, she investigated the interactive role of social and environmental factors in black-white hypertension disparities. Using the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), she found that black but not white Americans exhibit a positive association between blood lead and blood pressure, and that this disparity in the effect of lead is not due to higher levels of blood lead in black Americans. Rather, she found that psychosocial factors and social disadvantage explain the stronger effect. Since then her work has explored the role of social disadvantage and psychosocial stress in heightened susceptibility to the harmful health effects of air pollution. She also has conducted empirical exploration into novel approaches to stress measurement in population surveys.
- Racial/ethnic inequalities in poor birth outcomes: Clarifying the role of precarious work. (Margaret T. Hicken, Angela Bruns, Lauren L. Schmitz) 2018-2019. EMD Serono, Inc.
- Racial inequalities in health throughout adulthood: The cumulative impact of neighborhood chemical and non-chemical stressors on epigenomic pathways. (Margaret T. Hicken, Sharon R. Kardia, Paul Mohai, Philippa J. Clarke, Colter M. Mitchell, Kelly Marie Bakulski, Michael R. Elliott) 2018-2023.
- The Interactive Roles of Neighborhood Characteristics and Genetic Risk in Racial Inequalities in CKD. (Margaret T. Hicken, Matthias Kretzler) 2016-2021. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
- Lê-Scherban, Félice, Allison Brenner, Margaret T. Hicken, Belinda L. Needham, Teresa Seeman, Richard P. Sloan, Xu Wang, and Ana V. Diez Roux. 2018. "Child and Adult Socioeconomic Status and the Cortisol Response to Acute Stress: Evidence From the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis." Psychosomatic Medicine 80(2): 184-192.
- Hicken, Margaret T., Nicole D. Kravitz-Wirtz, Myles Durkee, and James S. Jackson. 2018. "Racial inequalities in health: Framing future research." Social Science & Medicine 199: 11-18.
- Mayne, Stephanie L., Margaret T. Hicken, Sharon Stein Merkin, Teresa E. Seeman, Kiarri N. Kershaw, D. P. Do, Anjum Hajat, and Ana V. Diez Roux. Forthcoming. "Neighbourhood racial/ethnic residential segregation and cardiometabolic risk: the multiethnic study of atherosclerosis." Journal of epidemiology and community health
- Hicken, Margaret T., Ronit Katz, Carmen A. Peralta, Deidra C. Crews, and Holly J. Kramer. Forthcoming. "Neighborhood Social Context and Kidney Function Over Time: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis." American Journal of Kidney Diseases
- Esposito, Michael H., Hedwig Lee, Margaret T. Hicken, Lauren C. Porter, and Jerald R. Herting. 2017. "The consequences of contact with the criminal justice system for health in the transition to adulthood." Longitudinal and Life Course Studies 8(1): 57-74.
- Hicken, Margaret T. 2017. "Measurement and modeling of race and health in Brazil: continuing the discussion." Cadernos de Saúde Pública 33(suppl. 1): 2-5.
- Hicken, Margaret T., Hedwig Lee, and Anna K. Hing. Forthcoming. "The weight of racism: Vigilance and racial inequalities in weight-related measures." Social science & medicine
- Kershaw, K. N., Ana V. Diez Roux, Margaret T. Hicken, W. R. Robinson, P. Gordon-Larsen, David C. Goff, Mercedes R. Carnethon, Catarina I. Kiefe, an, et al. 2017. "Association of changes in neighborhood-level racial residential segregation with changes in blood pressure among black adults: The cardia study." JAMA Internal Medicine 177(7): 996-1002.
- McCluney, Courtney L., Lauren L. Schmitz, Margaret T. Hicken, and Amanda J. Sonnega. Forthcoming. "Structural racism in the workplace: Does perception matter for health inequalities?" Social Science & Medicine
- Needham, Belinda L., Margaret T. Hicken, Ishtar O. Govia, Colter M. Mitchell, and Cleopatra M. Abdou. 2017. "Maternal Social Disadvantage and Newborn Telomere Length in Archived Dried Blood Spots from the Michigan Neonatal Biobank." Biodemography and social biology 63(3): 221-235. United States.
- Hicken, Margaret T., Sara D. Adar, Anjum Hajat, Kiarri N. Kershaw, D. Phuong Do, R. Graham Barr, Joel D. Kaufman, and Ana V. Diez Roux. 2016. "Air Pollution, Cardiovascular Outcomes, and Social Disadvantage The Multi-ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis." Epidemiology 27(1): 42-50.
- Lee, Hedwig, and Margaret T. Hicken. 2016. "Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Health Implications of Black Respectability Politics." Souls 18(2-4): 421-445. Taylor & Francis.
- Hicken, Margaret T. 2015. "Invited Commentary: Fundamental Causes, Social Context, and Modifiable Risk Factors in the Racial/Ethnic Inequalities in Blood Pressure and Hypertension." American Journal of Epidemiology 182(4): 354-357.
- Hicken, Margaret T., and Debbie S. Gipson. 2015. "Matching the Genotype in Resolution: Innovative Ways of Phenotype Capture." Seminars in nephrology 35(3): 279-290.
- Lee, Hedwig, Tyler McCormick, Margaret T. Hicken, and Christopher Wildeman. 2015. "Racial Inequalities in Connectedness to Imprisoned Individuals in the United States." Du Bois Review-Social Science Research on Race 12(2): 269-282.
- Hicken, Margaret T., J. Timothy Dvonch, Amy J. Schulz, Graciela Mentz, and Paul Max. 2014. "Fine particulate matter air pollution and blood pressure: The modifying role of psychosocial stress." Environmental research 133: 195-203.
- Hicken, Margaret T., H. Lee, Jeffrey D. Morenoff, James S. House, and David R. Williams. 2014. "Racial/ethnic disparities in hypertension prevalence: reconsidering the role of chronic stress." American Journal of Public Health 104(1): 117-123.
- Hicken, Margaret T., S. D. Adar, Ana V. Diez Roux, M. S. O'Neill, S. Magzamen, A. H. Auchincloss, and J. D. Kaufman. 2013. "Do psychosocial stress and social disadvantage modify the association between air pollution and blood pressure?: the multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis." American Journal of Epidemiology 178(10): 1550-1562.
- Hicken, Margaret T., G. C. Gee, C. Connell, Rachel C. Snow, Jeffrey D. Morenoff, and H. Hu. 2013. "Black-white blood pressure disparities: depressive symptoms and differential vulnerability to blood lead." Environmental health perspectives 121(2): 205-209.
- Hicken, Margaret T., H. Lee, J. Ailshire, Sarah A. Burgard, and David R. Williams. 2013. ""Every shut eye, ain't sleep": The role of racism-related vigilance in racial/ethnic disparities in sleep difficulty." Race and social problems 5(2): 100-112.
- Hicken, Margaret T., H. Lee, B. Mezuk, K. N. Kershaw, Jane Rafferty, and James S. Jackson. 2013. "Racial and ethnic differences in the association between obesity and depression in women." Journal of women's health (2002) 22(5): 445-452.
- Hunte, H. E., K. King, Margaret T. Hicken, H. Lee, and T. T. Lewis. 2013. "Interpersonal discrimination and depressive symptomatology: examination of several personality-related characteristics as potential confounders in a racial/ethnic heterogeneous adult sample." BMC public health 13: 1084-1093.
- Lee, H., and Margaret T. Hicken. 2013. "Cumulative social risk and racial/ethnic disparities in obesity during the transition to adulthood." Journal of health care for the poor and underserved 24(2): 907-927.
- Lee, H., K. N. Kershaw, Margaret T. Hicken, C. M. Abdou, E. S. Williams, N. Rivera-O'Reilly, and James S. Jackson. 2013. "Cardiovascular disease among Black Americans: comparisons between the U.S. Virgin Islands and the 50 U.S. states." Public health reports (Washington, D.C.: 1974) 128(3): 170-178.
- Hicken, Margaret T., G. C. Gee, Jeffrey D. Morenoff, C. M. Connell, Rachel C. Snow, and H. Hu. 2012. "A novel look at racial health disparities: the interaction between social disadvantage and environmental health." American Journal of Public Health 102(12): 2344-2351.
- Hicken, Margaret T., R. Gragg, and H. Hu. 2011. "How cumulative risks warrant a shift in our approach to racial health disparities: the case of lead, stress, and hypertension." Health affairs 30(10): 1895-1901.
- Geronimus, Arline T., Margaret T. Hicken, Jay Pearson, S. J. Seashols, K. L. Brown, and T. D. Cruz. 2010. "Do US Black Women Experience Stress-Related Accelerated Biological Aging?: A Novel Theory and First Population-Based Test of Black-White Differences in Telomere Length." Human nature 21(1): 19-38.
- Geronimus, Arline T., John Bound, D. Keene, and Margaret T. Hicken. 2007. "Black-white differences in age trajectories of hypertension prevalence among adult women and men, 1999-2002." Ethnicity & disease 17(1): 40-48.
- Geronimus, Arline T., Margaret T. Hicken, D. Keene, and John Bound. 2006. ""Weathering" and age patterns of allostatic load scores among blacks and whites in the United States." American Journal of Public Health 96(5): 826-833.
- Farel, A. M., R. E. Meyer, Margaret T. Hicken, and L. D. Edmonds. 2003. "Registry to referral: using birth defects registries to refer infants and toddlers for early intervention services." Birth defects research.Part A, Clinical and molecular teratology 67(9): 647-650.
- Farell, A., R. Meyer, Margaret T. Hicken, and L. Edmonds. 2003. "Registry to Referral: A Promising Means for Identifying and Referring Infants and Toddlers for Early Intervention Services." Infants and young children 16(2): 99-105.
- Researchers Publish Findings on Study of How Living Conditions Affect Black Kidney Patients
- More U.S. adults losing sleep in recent years
- EPISODE 157: SICKENED BY SYSTEMS
- Can segregated neighborhoods change people's genes?
- Hicken's work links racism, chronic stress, and obesity
- Hicken studies how discrimination and vigilance differentially impact black and white women
- Needham, Hicken, Mitchell and colleagues link maternal social disadvantage and newborn telomere length
- Work by Geronimus, Hicken, Keene, and Bound cited in piece on how current politics may impact stress at population level
- Hicken et al. find that 44% of black women in U.S. have family member in prison
- Margaret Hicken wins 2015 UROP Outstanding Research Mentor Award