Junia Nogueira de Brito

Assistant Professor


Dr. de Brito is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. de Brito is a social-behavioral epidemiologist and a trained dietitian. Her research focuses on investigating the interplay of structural and social determinants of health and health-related behaviors that contribute to obesity and cardiometabolic health disparities among children and families of racialized and other marginalized groups.

Research Summary

Physical activity and sedentary behaviors, eating behaviors, mental health, pediatric obesity, cardiometabolic health, health disparities, mHealth, device-based measures, life course epidemiology, mixed-methods.

Teaching Summary

Social and behavioral epidemiology, social determinants of health, eating behaviors, physical activity and sedentary behaviors, cardiometabolic health, pediatric obesity, maternal and child health, positive deviance, green spaces, and health disparities.


BS/RD, Nutrition and Dietetics, Centro Universitário de Belo Horizonte, Brazil
MBA, Healthcare Management, Bellevue University
PHD, Social/Behavioral Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health
MPH, Public Health Nutriton, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, T32 Minnesota Obesity Prevention Training (MnOPT) Program, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health



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