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Lucine Francis, PhD, RN


Assistant Professor

Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing


Lucine Francis, received the 2018-2019 Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, Pilot Award for her proposal titled, “A Mixed Methods Examination of Physical Activity and Screen Time in Urban Family Child Care Homes”

The Pilot Program supports new and early stage investigators (ESI) with projects related to place-based determinants of health disparities and minority health.

Dr. Lucine Francis is a community health nurse, health promotion educator, and a community- based health researcher. Her commitment to a career in research stems from her deep passion for identifying ways young children from vulnerable communities are provided with the best environment that would ensure their physical, social, mental and cognitive health. Her research expertise is in early childhood health at the intersection of childhood obesity prevention, food insecurity issues, nutrition policy and health disparities. Dr. Francis seeks to understand the role of childcare settings in obesity risk and prevention. As PI on a previous NIH pre-doctoral grant (F31), and with the guidance of a multidisciplinary dissertation committee, Dr. Francis examined the food environment of Baltimore’s urban Family Child Care Homes (FCCHs)- an understudied but popular nonrelative childcare choice among families. Her goal as a junior scientist is to develop a program of research that involves using a multi-level approach to preventing obesity in children, with an emphasis on building collective self-efficacy among childcare providers and parents and thereby improving children’s cardio-metabolic health. Dr. Francis is the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Postdoctoral Fellow in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Dr. Francis received her BA in Neuroscience at Smith College and her BS and Ph.D. in Nursing at Johns Hopkins University.

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