I bring a multi-disciplinary research approach, setting forth a new path to explore how social factors shape life for survivors of chronic disease.

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Lorraine T. Dean, ScD
Assistant Professor
John Hopkins University


Our Team


Sevly Snguon, MPH

Scholar-activist, community organizer, and aspiring social and legal epidemiologist.  Unearthing the roots and manifestations of discrimination to protect health and fight for liberation.


Focus on health of racial and sexual minorities, social epidemiology, legal epidemiology

Email: sevly.snguon@gmail.com

Emily A. Knapp, MHS

Doctoral candidate in epidemiology; research interests in place-based and policy determinants of obesity. Works with Dr. Dean on exploring the utility of consumer credit scores as a risk factor for poor health outcomes.


See our work featured here.

Email: eknapp2@jhu.edu

Twitter: @knapp_e

Mudia Uzzi, MSc

Health, Behavior and Society PhD student; research interests in social epidemiology, social and structural determinants of health and racial, economic and geographic based health inequities.


Focus on cancer, mental health, sexual health and community violence

Email:  mudia.uzzi@jhmi.edu

Jowanna Malone, MSc

Infectious disease epidemiology PhD student; research interests in HIV prevention and treatment among racial and sexual minority groups and intersectionality; Working with Dr. Dean on “Our Breast Health: The Access Project”, which explores breast cancer among Black sexual minority women.


Learn more at : https://www.facebook.com/OurBreastHealth/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Email: jmalon23@jhmi.edu

Twitter: @jo_wanna21

Kate Leifheit, MSPH

PhD student in the General Epidemiology and Methodology; research interests in social epidemiology; housing and health among low SES families.  Kate was a teaching assistant for Dr. Dean’s course “Methods for Assessing Power, Privilege, and Public Health in the United States” and works as a research assistant on the “Why Place Matters” project through the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions


Email: kleifhe1@jhu.edu

Twitter: @LeifScience

Sarah Rollinson

Masters student in the Cancer Epidemiology; interests in cancer outcomes and factors impacting survivorship in breast and pediatric cancers. My work with Dr. Dean has been focused on examining long-term financial toxicity related to breast cancer.

Sophia Geffen

Sophia Geffen: Masters of Public Health student; research interests in adolescent sexual health, LGBTQ health, and anti-oppressive, social justice-driven public health research, education, and practice.

Chinenye Ugoji, BPharm, MPH

Pharmacist and PhD Student in General Epidemiology and Methods with research interests in Quality of care and Patient-centered outcomes in Cancer.  Dr. Dean is my co-advisor.

Morgane Mouslim, DVM

Morgane Mouslim, DVM: ScM student in General Epidemiology and Methods. Research interests are focused on the role of culturally competent care in mitigating racial disparities in health outcomes.  Currently working with Dr. Dean on a scoping review looking at system mistrust and the breast cancer continuum.