About Me

As a Medical Sociologist specializing in Criminology, I am passionate about improving health disparities among individuals who are part of dispossessed, vulnerable populations.


Ebony N. Russ, MA, MS is a Medical Research Coordinator in the Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine at Howard University. She works on grant funded research study supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) which studies the impact of several forms of childhood victimization/polyvictimization with depression; sleep; health problems and symptom; alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use (ATOD);  current drug use as measured by the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBS); and HIV risk behaviors among African American (AA) young adults ages 18-25, who live in an urban environment (Washington DC). Additionally, Ebony studies research related to childhood victimization and DNA telomere length.

Ebony has worked with formerly incarcerated individuals as a mental health professional as well as worked within the DC Department of Corrections as a medical professional.

As a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Howard University, her dissertation research focuses on Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factor Prevention among Formerly Incarcerated African Americans. In her mixed-methodological study, she will use justice-involved individuals words to inform their health statistics.


  • Ph.D. (candidate) in  Sociology, Specialization in Medical Sociology & Criminology-Howard University, 2021
  • M.S. in Counseling Psychology -Florida International University, 2013
  • M.A. in  Higher Education and Student Personnel-University of Mississippi, 2007                              
  • B.A. Psychology Major/Biology Minor- Texas Tech University, 2005