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Chivon Mingo

Assistant Professor    Undergraduate Director    

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of North Carolina
Ph.D., University of South Florida
M.A., University of South Florida
B.S., Georgia State University


Dr. Chivon Mingo is a gerontologist joining the Gerontology Institute in the Fall of 2012. In 2003, Dr. Mingo received a B.S. in Psychology from Georgia State University. Subsequently, she received a M.A. in Gerontology (2005) and a Ph.D. in Aging Studies (2010) both from the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, FL. Prior to joining the GSU Gerontology Institute, Dr. Mingo completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Institute on Aging at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Mingo’s current research interests spans the areas of psychology, health disparities, and aging. Specifically, her work has concentrated on identifying reasons for arthritis health disparities and ways to address those health disparities through community-based healthcare interventions. The ultimate goal of Dr. Mingo’s research is to focus on designing and evaluating culturally appropriate, appealing, and effective interventions for older adults with arthritis. In addition, use this research as a template to address disparities in other conditions (e.g., cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes) through community-based health care interventions.

Dr. Mingo is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the National Institutes of Health/National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities Loan Repayment Award, McKnight Doctoral Fellowship, Arthritis Foundation Student Fellowship, Aging Exchange Day Best Research Award, USF Office of Research & Innovation and Graduate School Research Excellence Award, Southern Regional Student Conference in Gerontology and Geriatrics Keynote Speaker, and the USF College of Behavioral and Community Sciences Research Excellence Award.


Baker, T.A., Buchanan, N.T., Mingo, C.A., Roker, R., & Brown, C.S. (In Press). Re-conceptualizing successful aging among Black women and the relevance of the Strong Black Woman Archetype. Gerontologist.

Mingo, C.A., Smith, M.L., Ahn, A., Jiang, L., Cho, J., Towne, S.D., & Ory, M. G. (In Press). Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) program delivery and attendance among urban-dwelling African Americans. Frontiers in Public Health.

Wyatt, B., Mingo, C.A., Waterman, M., White, P., & Callahan, L.F. (In Press). African Americans and the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk with Ease Study. Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice, and Policy. 

Baker, T.A. & Mingo, C.A. (In Press).  Arthritis.  In S. K. Whitbourne (Ed.) The encyclopedia of adulthood and aging. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell.

Mingo, C.A., Martin, K.R., Shreffler, J., Schoster, B., Callahan, L.F. (2014). The independent and combined impact of homeownership, occupation, education, income and community poverty on mental health outcomes in individuals with arthritis.  Arthritis, 1-10.

Brown, C.S., Baker, T.A., Mingo, C.A., Harden, J.T., Whitfield, K., Aiken-Morgan, A., Phillips, K., & Washington, T.  (2014). A Review of our roots: Blacks in Gerontology. Gerontologist. 54, 108-116.

Mingo, C.A., McIlvane, J.M., Luong, M., & Haley, W.E. (2013). Impact of race and diagnostic label on older adults’ emotions, illness beliefs, and willingness to help a family member with osteoarthritis.  Journal of Applied Gerontology. Advance online publication

Mingo, C.A., McIlvane, J.M., Jefferson, M., Edwards, L.J., & Haley, W.E. (2013). Preferences for arthritis interventions: Identifying similarities and differences among Blacks and Whites with osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care & Research, 65, 203-211.

Gum, A., McDougal, S., McIlvane, J.M., & Mingo, C.A. (2010). Older adults