I bring a multi-disciplinary research approach, setting forth a new path to explore how social factors shape life for survivors of chronic disease.

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Lorraine T. Dean, ScD
Assistant Professor
John Hopkins University


About Dr. Dean


ScD, Harvard School of Public Health, 2010

BA, University of Pennsylvania, 2003

Lorraine T. Dean, ScD

Associate Professor
John Hopkins University


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About Dr. Dean


As a social epidemiologist, I research how individual- and neighborhood-level social and economic factors contribute to health disparities and health outcomes for those managing chronic disease. Methodologically my focus is on using multi-level modeling, GIS, and propensity scores to explore how healthcare system distrust, residential segregation, social capital, and other macro-level contextual factors influence health disparities and individual survivorship outcomes for those with chronic disease. I have been PI on a Ruth Kirchstein National Research Service Award (NIH F31) to explore the relative contribution of contextual- and individual-level determinants of breast, prostate, and cervical cancer screening for African-Americans, PI on a Fulbright Grant to explore women’s perceptions of self-breast exams in Venezuela, and am currently PI on a K01 observational study exploring social and economic disparities in breast cancer survivorship outcomes for over 300 breast cancer survivors.


Prior to my time in academia, I led a $13 million tobacco policy and control initiative in Philadelphia, PA. This policy role has had lasting impact on the City of Philadelphia, resulting in 40,000 fewer smokers and permanent legislative changes affecting 1.5 million Philadelphians. Through that policy work, my efforts have had impact by moving the needle toward better health for populations and I am returned to academia to be part of building the evidence base for chronic disease policies and programs. Because of this background, I bring a multi-disciplinary research approach, setting forth a new path to explore how social factors shape life for survivors of chronic disease.



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Honors and Awards

2018 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching

2018 NIH Early Career Review Program Member

2017 Faculty Innovation Award, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

2016 NCI National Minority Health Month Spotlight: Career Development

2015 Invited Fellow, Professional Development and Mock Review Workshop, NCI/Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities

2015 Outstanding Investigator Award, Susan G. Komen Society

2015 Community Impact Award, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc Lancaster Alumni Chapter

2009 John Piersol McCaskey Distinguished Alumni Award

2005 Grantee, William J. Fulbright Program

“In a place as resource-rich as the United States, no should have to make the choice between their money and their health.”

Lorraine T. Dean, ScD
Associate Professor, John Hopkins University
Society for Behavioral Medicine Conference in New Orleans, LA 2018

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