Lorraine Dean , ScD


Lorraine Dean


901 Walnut Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Lorraine Dean , ScD


Research & Practice Interests

Social Epidemiology
Chronic Disease (HIV, cancer)


ScD, Harvard School of Public Health


University Appointment

Lecturer, Jefferson College of Population Health


Health Research Methods


Dr. Dean has been Assistant Professor in Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health since January 2016, after being Instructor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine since 2013.  Her current work focuses on social and economic determinants of survivorship after cancer and HIV, and is funded through an NIH K01, NIAID R21, NINR R21, and Center for AIDS Research grants.  As a social epidemiologist, she researches how individual- and neighborhood-level social and economic factors contribute to health disparities and health outcomes for those managing chronic disease. Methodologically her 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. She holds a doctorate in Social Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health, funded through a Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award (F31) and a Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.  Her early career opportunities as an undergraduate at Penn, which she completed in 2003 as a first-generation college student, paved the way to a year in Venezuela conducting breast cancer research under the William J. Fulbright Program.  Prior to her appointment at Penn, she managed the Tobacco Policy and Control Program at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, coordinating over $14 million of activities in both State- and federally-funded tobacco control initiatives which led to a reduction in smoking for 25,000 residents. ​