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
Dr Dean Lab, LLC
Baltimore, MD 21205
Email: drltdean@gmail.com
Twitter: @drltdean


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 PI on NIH grants (F31, K01, 2 R21s), a J. William Grant Scholar grant, and institutional grants that explore the social determinants of screening and survivorship for cancer and HIV.


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

2021 Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Recognition Award (AMTRA), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2020 Distinguished Senior Investigator, AcademyHealth Disparities Interest Group

2019 Diversity Recognition Award, Johns Hopkins University Diversity Leadership Council

2019 Delta Omega Award for Innovative Public Health Curriculum, Delta Omega National Office

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

“Now more than ever, we need public health and health services research to show us just how far-reaching racist and classist structures have cut into equitable care, and we need researcher’s advocacy to fix them.”

Lorraine T. Dean, ScD
Associate Professor, John Hopkins University

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