Yendelela Cuffee

Yendelela Cuffee, Phd, MPH

Assistant Professor

Office Location:
The Tower at STAR – Suite 614

Yendelela Cuffee is an assistant professor in the Epidemiology Program. Previously, she was an assistant professor at Penn State College of Medicine. Her research examines the effects of psychosocial and structural factors on cardiovascular disease and medication adherence. Dr. Cuffee develops community-based programs to promote lifestyle and behavioral change and improve health outcomes for racial and ethnic minorities living with cardiovascular disease. Dr. Cuffee received her PhD in Clinical and Population Health Research from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. 



  • Ph.D. Clinical and Population Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 2012
  • MPH Epidemiology, New York Medical College, 2007
  • BS Biology, Hampton University, 2003


Research Interests

Social determinants of health, cardiovascular disease, community-based research



  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • American Heart Association


Payne-Foster P, Cuffee Y, Alwatban N, Minton M, Lewis D, Allison J. Trust and Home Remedy Use among Low Income Blacks and Whites. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2019; 6(4):830-835. Corresponding author.

Tajeu G, Kent S, Huang L, Shimbo D, Krousel-Wood M, Kronish I, Bress A, Mefford M, Halpern M, Cuffee Y, Muntner P. (2019) Trends in Antihypertensive Medication Discontinuation and Low Adherence among US Adults <65 years of age with Commercial Health Insurance Initiating Treatment Between 2007 and 2014. (2019)  Hypertension

Cuffee Y, Hargraves J.L, Rosal M, Briesacher B, Allison J, Hullett S. An Examination of John Henryism, Trust, and Medication Adherence among African Americans with Hypertension. (2020) An Examination of John Henryism, Trust, and Medication Adherence Among African Americans With Hypertension. Health Education & Behavior, 47(1), 162–169.

Cuffee Y, Rosal M, Hargraves J. L, Briesacher B, Akuley S, Altwatban N,  Hullett S, Allison J. (2020) Does Home Remedy Use Contribute to Medication Nonadherence Among African Americans with Hypertension? Ethnicity and Disease. In Press

Ubesie A, Wang C, Wang L, Farace E, Jones K, Cuffee Y.  Examining Help-Seeking Intentions of African American College Students Diagnosed with Depression. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. In Press 1007/s40615-020-00804-9