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Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD

  • William C. and Nancy F. Richardson Professor in He
  • Professor - Adjunct

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George Washington University
950 New Hampshire Ave.
Washington, District of Columbia 20052


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PhD, University of Michigan, 1988
MA, University of Michigan, 1985
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

Five random journal articles


    LaVeist, TA, Thorpe RJ, Pierre G, Mance GA, Williams DR. The relationship among vigilant coping style, race and depression. Journal of Social Issues. 2014 Jun 1;70(2):241-255


    LaVeist, TA, Pollack K, Fesahazion RG, THorpe RT, Gaskin DJ. Place not race: Disparities dissipate in southwest Baltimore when Blacks and Whites live under similar conditions. Health Affairs. Oct;30(10):1880-7


    Wong WF, LaVeist TA, Sharfstein JM. Achieving health equity by design. JAMA 2015 Mar 9. doi"10.1001/jama.2015.2434



    LaVeist TA, Gaskin DJ, Richard R. Estimating the economic burden of racial health inequalities in the United States. International Journal of Health Services. 2001 Apr:41(2):231-238


    LaVeist y Ramos TA, Galarraga J, Thorpe RT, Bell C, Austin CJ. Are Black Hispanics Black or Hispanic?: Exporing health disparities at the intersection of race and ethnicity. Journal of Epidemiology and Commnity Health. 2012 Jul;66(7):e21