Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD
Director, Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions
William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professor in Health Policy
Center & Institute Affiliation(s):
624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 441
Baltimore , Maryland 21205
PhD , University of Michigan , 1988
BA , University of Maryland Eastern Shore , 1984
Dr. LaVeist's research and writing has focused on three broad thematic research questions: 1) What are the social and behavioral factors that predict the timing of various related health outcomes (e.g. access and utilization of health services, mortality, entrance into nursing home? 2) What are the social and behavioral factors that explain race differences in health outcomes?; and 3) What has been the impact of social policy on the health and quality of life of African Americans? His work has included both qualitative and quantitative analysis. Dr. LaVeist seeks to develop an orienting framework in the development of policy and interventions to address race disparities in health-related outcomes. Specific areas of expertise include: U.S. health and social policy, the role of race in health research, social factors contributing to mortality, longevity and life expectancy, quantitative and demographic analysis and access, and utilization of health services.
Honors and Awards
Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences - elected 2013
Article of the Year (2012) – American Journal of Public Health.
Appointed - F.H.D.R. (Fellow in Health Disparities Research) W. Montague Cobb/National Medical Association Health Institute Senior Fellows, 2012
Innovation Award, National Institutes of Health – National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD), 2008
Delta Omega – Honorary Society in Public Health (faculty inductee), Alpha Chapter – Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2006
Knowledge Award, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, 2006
Who’s Who in America, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
Who's Who among African Americans, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012
Dean's Lecture, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, April 1994
Distinguished Alumni Citation, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), 1994
Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 1994
Who's Who in the East, 1994
Keynote Speaker, Randolph Evans Foundation Scholarship Award Banquet, June 1993
The Dreamkeeper Award, University of Michigan, Office of Minority Affairs, 1993
Brookdale National Fellow, 1991
Roberta G. Simmons Dissertation Award, American Sociological Association, Medical Sociology Section, 1989
Paul B. Cornely Sr. Fellowship, University of Michigan, School of Public Health, 1988-1990
Committee on Institutional Cooperation Fellowship, 1984-1988
Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 1984
National Dean's List, 1984
Alain LeRoi Locke Award, Phi Beta Sigma Educational Foundation, 1984
Randolph Evans Memorial Scholarship, 1979
Health Policy, Management, Health Disparities, Health Inequality, Race, Ethnicity, socioeconomic status, Social Factors, culture, community health, minority health, medical sociology, Behavior and Health, social epidemiology, population, demography, population center
PAST 5 YEARS (2006-2010)
Gary TL, Gross S, Browne D & LaVeist TA (2006) “The College Health and Wellness Study: Baseline Correlates of Overweight Among African Americans Journal of Urban Health Mar; 83(2):253-65.
Airhihenbuwa CO, LaVeist TA. (2006) Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) 2010” Health Promotion Practice Jul;7(3 Suppl):174S-5S.
Gregory PC, LaVeist TA, Simpson C (2006) Racial Disparities in Access to Cardiac Rehabilitation” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sep;85(9):705-10.
Nguyen GC, LaVeist TA, Gearhart S, Bayless TM, Brant SR. (2006) Racial and Geographic Variations in Colectomy Rates in Hospitalized Ulcerative Colitis Patients. Clinical Gasteroenterology Hepatology. Dec;4(12):1507-1513.