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Lorraine T. Dean, ScD

  • Assistant Professor

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E6650
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

Twitter: @drltdean

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ScD, Harvard School of Public Health, 2010
BA, University of Pennsylvania, 2003


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.

Honors and Awards

2018 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching

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

  • social determinants
  • cancer survivorship
  • disparities

Representative first-authored publications (ordered earliest to most recent)

  • Dean LT, Hillier A, Chau H, Subramanian SV, Williams DR, Kawachi, I. Can you party your way to better health? A Propensity Score Analysis of Block Parties and Health. Social Science & Medicine. Elsevier, 138: 201-209, August 2015. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.06.019. PMCID: PMC4500646 PMID: 26117555
  • Dean LT, DeMichele A, Lee SQ, Colameco C, Stephens A, LeBlanc M, Coursey M, Mao JJ. Black Cancer Survivors Experience Greater Upper Extremity Disability. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. 154(1):117-125, November 2015. doi: 10.1007/s10549-015-3580-3. PMCID: PMC4623964 PMID: 26420404
  • Dean LT, Kumar A, Kim T, Herling M, Brown J, Zhang Z, Evangelisti M, Hackley R, Kim J, Cheville A, Troxel A, Schwartz S, Schmitz KH. Race or Resource? BMI, Race and Other Social Factors as Risk Factors for Inter-Limb Differences among Overweight Breast Cancer Survivors with Lymphedema. Journal of Obesity: Obesity Associated Cancers. 8241710, June 2016. PMID: 27433356 PMCID: PMC4940553 DOI:10.1155/2016/8241710
  • Dean LT & Moss SL, McCarthy AM, Armstrong KA. Healthcare system distrust, physician trust, and patient discordance with adjuvant breast cancer treatment recommendations. Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. [Online first] September 2017. PMID: 28971987 DOI: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-17-0479
  • Dean LT, Schmitz KH, Frick K, Nicholas LH, Zhang Y, Subramanian SV, Visvanathan K. Consumer credit as a novel marker for health and economic burden in a diverse population of breast cancer survivors. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. [in press], December 2017. DOI: 10.1007/s11764-017-0669-1