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Emily Meredith D'Agostino

Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery, Occupational Therapy
311 Trent Dr., 2nd FL, Occupational Therapy Doctorate Division, Durham, NC 27710

Research Interests


Place-based health disparities; Youth physical activity, fitness, and obesity; Transportation equity; Reducing youth health disparities; Park-based programs; Promoting youth resilience; Collaborating with community organizations to promote youth health; Epidemiology education.

Selected Grants


RADx-UP CDCC

ResearchCo Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2020 - 2025

Addressing disparities to improve childhood obesity treatment

ResearchCo-Mentor · Awarded by American Heart Association · 2022 - 2025

You and Me Healthy: Testing Protocol

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2022 - 2024

Fellowships, Gifts, and Supported Research


Youth Engagement in Sports · 2019 - 2021 PI · CPIMP191183-01-00, US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health · $198,902.00 This school-based intervention aims to promote youth engagement in sports among under-resourced minority girls. The study will use case-crossover design to examine the effects of school-based physical activity programming over one semester compared with the standard physical education curriculum
Youth Development Award · 2018 - 2023 PI · RFP 2018-02 Youth Development, The Children’s Trust, Miami-Dade County, FL · $1,822,170.00 This program provides at-risk adolescents, ages 15-17 years, with a park-based violence prevention and resilience promotion paid internship program, mentorship, and emotion regulation/problem solving/communication/life skills workshops daily afterschool. The study is examining the longitudinal effects of the program on individual youth mental health and resilience, and community impacts on perceptions of neighborhood safety and juvenile crime.
Fit2Lead Youth Enrichment and Sports Program · 2016 PI · Miami-Dade County, FL · $3,000,000.00 This ongoing program provides at-risk adolescents, ages 12-15 years, with a violence prevention and resilience promotion free afterschool program at local community parks. Youth are provided with daily academic support, sports and recreation, mentorship, and emotion regulation/problem solving/ communication/life skills workshops daily afterschool. The study is examining the longitudinal effects of the program on individual youth mental health and resilience, and community impacts on perceptions of neighborhood safety and juvenile crime.

External Relationships


  • Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department
  • New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Syra Health

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