Dr. Blackshear examines the social, cultural, and structural determinants of health, physical activity, and education. She aims to dismantle health and educational disparities, and establish racial equity to cultivate understanding and change. Her radical optimism motivates her to 'level the playing field' for Black girls, women, youth, and other marginalized groups.
Advancing work in physical activity promotion, Dr. Blackshear evaluates physical fitness and fitness assessments and creates alternative fitness assessments that break away from past physical education protocols. She is currently working on intervention programs that ensure healthy outcomes. She hopes to cultivate an environment where all students have the opportunity to meet their full potential by incorporating researched best practices.