Dr. Baldwin earned her doctorate in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education in 1991 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. For nearly 15 years, she worked primarily with tribal communities in northern Arizona to design culturally relevant health promotion programs for youth and their families. From 1994-2004, she served as a tenured faculty member at Northern Arizona University, with a joint appointment in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health. She joined the faculty at the University of South Florida (USF) in the Department of Community and Family Health in 2005. She currently teaches graduate-level courses on health disparities, health education intervention methods, community-based health promotion, and program planning.
Dr. Baldwin’s research over the years has focused on both infectious and chronic disease prevention targeting children, adolescents, and families. Cross-cutting themes which have characterized her work include: utilizing community-based participatory research approaches, working with underserved and/or marginalized populations, and addressing health disparities by developing and implementing culturally competent public health interventions. She has been PI or Co-PI of several federally funded projects from such agencies as CDC, NIMH, NIAAA, NIDA, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and HRSA/AMERSA-SAMHSA/CSAT.
Her current research projects include: serving as the Co-Leader of the Community Engagement and Outreach Core of the “USF/Moffitt Transdisciplinary Center to Address Cancer Health Disparities,” and as Co-I of “Novel Dissemination of a Group Intervention for HIV+ Women Via Web Conferencing.” Recently, she also served as the P.I. of “Quality of Healthcare for Florida’s Children and Adolescents: Focus on Obesity,” as Co-P.I. of the Florida Prevention Research Center and coordinated the Mental Health Training Program of the Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center. Dr. Baldwin has also served on several NIH review panels, including two standing committees: the Behavioral and Social Consequences of HIV/AIDS, and more recently, the Community Influences on Health Behavior. As an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, she has made a life-long commitment to serving communities of color and to advocating for culturally competent health promotion /disease prevention programs.