Keith E. Whitfield, PhD is Director of the Center on Biobehavioral and Social Aspects of Health Disparities; Director, Developmental Psychology Program; and Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Duke University. He has received numerous awards and honors including the 2007 Leadership Award, GSA Task Force on Minority Issues, and the Allen L. Edwards Endowed Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Whitfield has received or been a part of grants totaling nearly 10 million dollars; authored over 90 professional articles; 20 book chapters; and coedited 3 books, among other accomplishments. His research involves the study of individuals and a twin resulting in ""The Baltimore Study of Black Aging (BSBA)""; the first data collection was designed to examine the influence on everyday cognition and health among African Americans. It continues today, more than 13 years and 2700 interviews later. Dr. Whitfield also developed his own twin study of health and psychosocial factors related to health called the Carolina African American Twin Study of Aging (CAATSA). CAATSA is one of the largest in-person studies of adult African Americans twins. This study examined genetic and environmental contributions to hypertension, smoking, depression, cognitive impairment, and lung function.