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Jourdyn A. Lawrence, PhD, MSPH

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Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Drexel FIRST Program


PhD, Population Health Sciences, Harvard University
MSPH, Epidemiology, University of South Carolina
BS, Biology, Clayton State University


Jourdyn A. Lawrence, PhD, MSPH, is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She joined the Dornsife School of Public Health at part of the Drexel FIRST (Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation) program.

Broadly, her research interests include examing racism as a cause of racial health inequities, understanding the embodiment of racism (i.e., how racism “gets under the skin” to affect health), and assessing interventions, such as reparations, to mitigate the ongoing impacts of racism and other forms of social oppression. Primarily her work explores how interpersonal and structural racism are embodied and act as determinants of healthy aging and cognitive-related outcomes using interdisciplinary theories and advanced epidemiologic methods. She also focuses on how epidemiologic methods can be used as one way to advocate for social change.

Dr. Lawrence received her PhD in Population Health Sciences from Harvard University and a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in Epidemiology from the University of South Carolina.

Research Interests

  • Structural and Interpersonal Racism
  • Racial/Ethnic Health Inequities
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Urban Health
  • Quantitative Methods for Social Epidemiology
  • Aging and Cognitive Function
  • Embodiment
  • Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis


Lawrence JA, Kawachi I, White K, Bassett MT, Priest N, Masunga JG, Cory HJ, Mita C, Williams DR. A systematic review and meta-analysis of the Everyday Discrimination Scale and biomarker outcomes. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2022 Aug;142:105772. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2022.105772. Epub 2022 Apr 21. PMID: 35490482.

Oh SS, Moon JY, Chon D, Mita C, Lawrence JA, Park EC, Kawachi I. Effectiveness of Digital Interventions for Preventing Alcohol Consumption in Pregnancy: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. J Med Internet Res. 2022 Apr 11;24(4):e35554. doi: 10.2196/35554. PMID: 35404257; PMCID: PMC9039809.

Lawrence JA, Kawachi I, White K, Bassett MT, Williams DR. Associations between multiple indicators of discrimination and allostatic load among middle-aged adults. Soc Sci Med. 2022 Apr;298:114866. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.114866. Epub 2022 Mar 4. PMID: 35278977; PMCID: PMC9214633.

KH Schiavoni, J Lawrence, J Xue, M Kotelchuck, AA Boudreau. Pediatric Practice Transformation and Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Use in Adolescents. Academic Pediatrics 22 (2), 296-30.

Lawrence JA, Davis BA, Corbette T, Hill EV, Williams DR, Reede JY. Racial/Ethnic Differences in Burnout: a Systematic Review. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2022 Feb;9(1):257-269. doi: 10.1007/s40615-020-00950-0. Epub 2021 Jan 11. PMID: 33428158; PMCID: PMC7799165.

White K, Lawrence JA, Tchangalova N, Huang SJ, Cummings JL. Socially-assigned race and health: a scoping review with global implications for population health equity. Int J Equity Health. 2020 Feb 10;19(1):25. doi: 10.1186/s12939-020-1137-5. PMID: 32041629; PMCID: PMC7011480.

Cowger TL, Davis BA, Etkins OS, Makofane K, Lawrence JA, Bassett MT, Krieger N. Comparison of Weighted and Unweighted Population Data to Assess Inequities in Coronavirus Disease 2019 Deaths by Race/Ethnicity Reported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Jul 1;3(7):e2016933. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.16933. Erratum in: JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Aug 3;3(8):e2019768. PMID: 32721026; PMCID: PMC7388022.

Williams DR, Lawrence JA, Davis BA, Vu C. Understanding how discrimination can affect health. Health Serv Res. 2019 Dec;54 Suppl 2(Suppl 2):1374-1388. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.13222. Epub 2019 Oct 29. PMID: 31663121; PMCID: PMC6864381.

White K, Lawrence JA, Cummings JL, Fisk C. Emotional and physical reactions to perceived discrimination, language preference, and health-related quality of life among Latinos and Whites. Qual Life Res. 2019 Oct;28(10):2799-2811. doi: 10.1007/s11136-019-02222-9. Epub 2019 Jun 10. PMID: 31183603.

Lawrence JA, White K, Cummings JL, Hardin JW, Torres ME. Socially Assigned Race and Diabetes: Findings from the Arizona Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2013-2014. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2019 Oct;6(5):926-934. doi: 10.1007/s40615-019-00593-w. Epub 2019 May 7. PMID: 31065999.

Williams DR, Lawrence JA, Davis BA. Racism and Health: Evidence and Needed Research. Annu Rev Public Health. 2019 Apr 1;40:105-125. doi: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-040218-043750. Epub 2019 Feb 2. PMID: 30601726; PMCID: PMC6532402.

K White, JA Lawrence. Racial/ethnic residential segregation and mental health outcomes. Racism and Psychiatry, 2019: 37-53.

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