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Darcy Phelan-Emrick, DrPH

  • Assistant Scientist

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615 N. Wolfe Street, Room E6010
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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DrPH, Johns Hopkins BSPH, 2009
MHS, Johns Hopkins BSPH, 2005


My research goal is to improve cervical cancer prevention services through increased human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine uptake and through optimization of cervical cancer screening to reduce screening overuse and associated harms. I seek to conduct research to determine the impact of the HPV vaccine on cervical cancer screening behaviors and on the predictive values of our current cervical cancer screening algorithms. I serve as Co-Investigator for the Johns Hopkins Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities and for the Cancer Prevention and Treatment Demonstration at Johns Hopkins.

During fall and spring semesters, I teach the Fundamentals of Epidemiology course (AS.280.350) as part of the Johns Hopkins Undergraduate Program in Public Health Studies.

I serve as Program Director of the Johns Hopkins Individualized Health Initiative (Hopkins inHealth).  Hopkins inHealth aims to use Hopkins population-level health data to develop and implement novel methods and tools to intelligently use information to individualize wellness, early disease detection, and more effective and affordable treatment.  For more information on Hopkins inHealth, please see

In addition, I serve on the Individualized Health Cancer Screening Program of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. I've held positions at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the Rockefeller University.

Honors and Awards

2014, Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching Public Health Studies, Johns Hopkins University

2014, Delta Omega, Alpha Chapter

2012, Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching Public Health Studies, Johns Hopkins University

  • Cancer, epidemiology, cervical cancer, human papillomavirus (HPV), screening, health disparities, health services research, evidence-based, applied, DrPH, professional, public health practice, teaching, learning, pedagogy, education  
  • Martinez KA, Pollack CE, Phelan DF, Markakis D, Bone L, Shapiro G, Wenzel J, Howerton M, Johnson L, Garza MA, Ford JG. Gender Differences in Correlates of Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Black Medicare Beneficiaries in Baltimore. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2013;22: 1037-1042.  

  • Tatsas A, Phelan DF, Boitnott JK, Gravitt PE, Clark DP. Practice Patterns in Cervical Cancer Screening and Human Papillomavirus Testing. Am J Clin Pathol. 2012;138: 223-229.

  • Phelan DF, Boitnott JK, Clark DP, Dubay LC, Gravitt PE.  Trends of Human Papillomavirus Testing in Cervical Cancer Screening at a Large Academic Cytology Lab. Obstet Gynecol. 2011;118: 289-295.

  • Phelan DF, Gange SJ, Ahdieh-Grant L, Mehta SH, Kirk GD, Shah K, Gravitt P. Determinants of Newly Detected Human Papillomavirus Infection in HIV-Infected and HIV-Uninfected Injection Drug Using Women. Sex Transm Dis. 2009;36(3): 149-156.