Lorraine T. Dean, ScD

Lorraine T. Dean, ScD
Adjunct Fellow

Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Public Health Interests

Health Equity, Social Determinants of Health

Current Public-Health Related Activities

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.

Select Publications:

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, Zhang X, Latif N, Giuntoli R, Lin L, Haggerty A, Kim S, Shalowitz D, Stashwick C, Simpkins F, Burger R, Morgan M, Ko E, Schmitz KH. Disparities in Functional Independence after Hysterectomy for Uterine Cancer. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer. 24(8), 3573-3580, March 2016. doi: 10.1007/s00520-016-3185-3. PMID: 27025595

Dean LT, Brown J, Coursey M, Schmitz KH. Great Expectations: Racial Differences in Outcome Expectations for Physical Activity among Black and White Breast Cancer Survivors. Psycho-Oncology. May 2016. doi: 10.1002/pon.4175. PMID: 27192633 [in press]

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. 2016. [in press]