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


Our Team


Sophia Geffen

Sophia Geffen: Masters of Public Health student; research interests in adolescent sexual health, LGBTQ health, and anti-oppressive, social justice-driven public health research, education, and practice.

Naomi Greene, MPH, CPH

Doctoral candidate in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society. Research interests in cancer
prevention and health disparities. Works with Dr. Dean on “Our Breast Health: The Access Project”
exploring the interactions of Black sexual minority women with healthcare providers along the cancer

Twitter: @kittyg1

Emily A. Knapp, MHS

Doctoral candidate in epidemiology; research interests in place-based and policy determinants of obesity. Works with Dr. Dean on exploring the utility of consumer credit scores as a risk factor for poor health outcomes.


See our work featured here.

Email: eknapp2@jhu.edu

Twitter: @knapp_e

Kate Leifheit, MSPH

PhD student in the General Epidemiology and Methodology; research interests in social epidemiology; housing and health among low SES families.  Kate was a teaching assistant for Dr. Dean’s course “Methods for Assessing Power, Privilege, and Public Health in the United States” and works as a research assistant on the “Why Place Matters” project through the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions


Email: kleifhe1@jhu.edu

Twitter: @LeifScience

Jowanna Malone, MSc

Infectious disease epidemiology PhD student; research interests in HIV prevention and treatment among racial and sexual minority groups and intersectionality; Working with Dr. Dean on “Our Breast Health: The Access Project”, which explores breast cancer among Black sexual minority women.


Learn more at : https://www.facebook.com/OurBreastHealth/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Email: jmalon23@jhmi.edu

Twitter: @jo_wanna21

Morgane Mouslim, DVM

Morgane Mouslim, DVM: ScM student in General Epidemiology and Methods. Research interests are focused on the role of culturally competent care in mitigating racial disparities in health outcomes.  Currently working with Dr. Dean on a scoping review looking at system mistrust and the breast cancer continuum.

Chinenye Ugoji, BPharm, MPH

Pharmacist and PhD Student in General Epidemiology and Methods with research interests in Quality of care and Patient-centered outcomes in Cancer.  Dr. Dean is my co-advisor.

Mudia Uzzi, MSc

Health, Behavior and Society PhD student; research interests in social epidemiology, social and structural determinants of health and racial, economic and geographic based health inequities.


Focus on cancer, mental health, sexual health and community violence

Email:  mudia.uzzi@jhmi.edu

Yuehan Zhang, ScM

PhD student in the Cancer Epidemiology; research interests in the intersection of cancer, immunology, and data science. Working with Dr. Dean on “Why Place Matters” project through the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions.