About the Author

Delvon T. Mattingly, who also goes by D.T. Mattingly, is an emerging creative writer and a PhD student in epidemiology at the University of Michigan. He currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his two cats, Liam and Tsuki, who he thinks are objectively cuter than every other cat in existence.

Fiction/Poetry: Delvon is working on completing his first fantasy novel “Awakening” with the help of his younger sister, Akira Mattingly. He also enjoys creating micro/flash, short fiction, and the occasional poem. His works have appeared in a number of electronic/print zines. Check some of them out here.

Research: Delvon finished his MS degree in Epidemiology at the University of Louisville in August, 2018, and recently began a PhD program in epidemiologic science at the University of Michigan. He worked with the American Heart Association Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center (A-TRAC) and volunteered for Green Heart Louisville, a longitudinal cohort study evaluating the effects of greening on health. His research interests focus on social determinants of health and substance use epidemiology, including research focused on tobacco-related health disparities and substance use disorders. He wants to conduct research that integrates a multifaceted approach to understanding health disparities in vulnerable groups, such as racial/ethnic minorities and the LGBTQ community, to promote efforts and advocacy towards eliminating these disparities and improve overall population health. He is also interested in the health effects of upstream social/structural phenomena (e.g., varying types of racism and discrimination) on  in marginalized groups by geographic locations.

Current Affiliations:

  • American Heart Association Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center (A-TRAC)
  • Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health (CSEPH)
  • Center for the Assessment of the Public Health Impact of Tobacco Regulations
  • Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health (CRECH)

The purpose of this blog is to showcase my work to people who are interested. I plan to post content weekly. Enjoy!

–D.T.