Hudson’s research focuses on racial/ethnic health disparities and the role of social determinants of health, particularly how socioeconomic position and social context affect health and health disparities. He is currently investigating why data show that African Americans — despite bearing a disproportionate burden of physical health disparities and greater exposure to stress — have lower rates of depression compared to white Americans.
He has examined perceptions of depression and mental health care among African Americans and investigated comorbid depression and Type 2 diabetes in various settings.
He also co-directs the Collaboration on Race, Inequality, and Social Mobility in Americawithin the Brown School’s Center for Social Development.
Hudson holds a joint appointment with the Washington University Department of Psychiatry and is a faculty scholar with the Institute for Public Health.