Valerie Newsome Garcia

Valerie Newsome Garcia, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor

Medical Education

Location: NCPC Building - Room 344-B
Phone: (404) 752-1957


Ph.D., Biobehavioral Health
The Pennsylvania State University

M.S., Community/Clinical Psychology
Florida A&M University

B.S., Psychology, Magna Cum Laude
Florida A&M University


Seixas, A., Gyamfi, L., Newsome, V., Ranger-Murdock, G., Butler, M., Rosenthal, D., Zizi, F., Youseff, I., McFarlane, S., Jean-Louis, G. (2018). Moderating Effects of Sleep Duration on Diabetes Risk among Cancer Survivors: Analysis of the National Health Interview Survey in the USA. Cancer Management & Research, 10, 4575-4580.

Newsome, V., Snipes, S.A., Airhihenbuwa, C. “Educated and At-Risk: How the Shortage of Available Partners Influences Disparities in HIV Risk for College-Educated African-American Women”; Journal of the National Medical Association (in press)

Khan, A., Newsome, V., Dol, C., Yang, L., Duncan, D. “Environmental Barriers of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity among Caregivers of Obese Children Living in New York City Public Housing”; Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society (in press)

Newsome, V., Seixas, A., Iwelunmor, J., Zizi, F., Kothare, S., Jean-Louis, G. (2017). Place of Birth and Sleep Duration: Analysis of the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 14: 738.

Seixas, A., Auguste, E., Butler, M., James, C., Newsome, V., Auguste ,E., da Silva Fonseca, V.A., Schneeberger, A., Zizi, F., Jean-Louis, G. (2017). Differences in short and long sleep durations between blacks and whites attributed to emotional distress: analysis of the National Health Interview Survey in the United States. Sleep Health, 3(1):28-34.

Honors and Awards

  • JPB Environmental Health Fellow, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (2018-2021)

  • Postdoctoral Fellow- Center for Healthful Behavior Change, NYU School of Medicine (2015-2016)

  • Behavioral Sciences Training Program Fellow- National Development and Research Institute (2013-2015)