Jean Kayitsinga

Jean Kayitsinga

Assistant Professor, Julian Samora Research Institute


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Dr. Jean Kayitsinga, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the Julian Samora Research Institute, University Outreach and Engagement. His research interests include areas of children's health and development (e.g., obesity, physical health, health behaviors, emotional and cognitive development), education (e.g., academic achievement, dropping out, and transition to post-secondary education), family (e.g., family structure, social processes, and children's well-being), community/neighborhood (e.g., structural antecedents, social capital, and children's well-being), demography of health and social demography, and farm and non-farm families and rural communities. He is also interested in international research in East Africa. He is currently a co-investigator on the following projects: An integrated extension education program to reduce mastitis and antimicrobial use; Latinos 2025—A needs profile for Michigan; and Latinos 2025—positioning for a stronger Michigan. His research has also been on mathematics achievement and youth obesity, focusing on social environmental influences. His past research has generally been on the well-being of Latino populations in the Midwest. His research areas are linked to several statistical methodologies of interest: hierarchical linear models (HLM), growth curve modeling, structural equation modeling, event history analysis, general linear and non-linear models, and analysis of experimental designs. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the Institut African et Mauricien de Statistique et d' Economie Appliquée (IAMSEA) in Rwanda and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in sociology from Michigan State University.

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Recent Publications

Horner, P., Martinez, R., Vélez Ortiz, D., Kayitsinga, J., Acosta, S. (in press) Adapting a nutrition education intervention for Latinos. Journal of Education and Human Development.

Horner, P., Martinez, R., Vélez Ortiz, D., Kayitsinga, J., & Acosta, S. (2015, December). Adapting a nutrition education intervention for Latinos. Journal of Education and Human Development, 4(4), 84-90. doi: 10.15640/jehd.v4n4a11

Martinez, R., Kayitsinga, J., Horner P. & Vélez Ortiz, D. (2015). Latinos 2025: A needs assessment of Latino communities in southeast Michigan. The Julian Samora Research Institute.

Schewe, R.L., Kayitsinga, J., Contreras, G.A., Odom, C., Coats, W.A., Durst, P., Erskine, R.J. (2015, November). Herd management and social variables associated with bulk tank somatic cell counts in dairy herds in the Eastern United States. Journal of Dairy Science, 98(11), 7650-7655.

Strieder-Barboza, C. Zonlak, A., Kayitsinga, J., Pires, A. F. A., & Contreras, G. A. (2015, July). Lipid mobilization assessment in transition dairy cattle using ultrasound image biomarkers. Livestock Science, 177, 159-164. doi:

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Recent Reports

Kayitsinga, J. (2015). Socioeconomic profile of the Latino/Hispanic population [Demographic report]. The Julian Samora Research Institute.

Recent Presentations

  • (June 2015)

    How the dairy industry manages its labor force

    Martinez, R. O., Escalante, W., Acosta, J., & Kayitsinga, J.

    Presented at the Cambio de Colores Latinos in the Heartland: Shaping the Future: Leadership for Inclusive Communities, University of Missouri

    Kansas City, Missouri

  • (April 2015)

    Analysis of bulk tank somatic cell counts (BTSCC): The importance of social variables

    Schewe, R., & Kayitsinga, J.

    Presented at the Meeting with External Advisory Panel: An Integrated Extension and Education Program to Reduce Mastitis and Antibiotic Use

    Lansing, Michigan

  • (October 2014)

    Racial/ethnic gaps in 9th Graders’ mathematics achievement: The influences of school concentrated advantage and social capital

    Kayitsinga, J.

    Presented at the 25th Anniversary of the Julian Samora Research Institute

    East Lansing, Michigan

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Past Projects