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Ann Klassen, PhD

Professor, Department of Community Health and Prevention, Dornsife School of Public Health

Ann Klassen, PhD is Professor in the Department of Community Health and Prevention at the Dornsife School of Public Health, and a full member of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Consortium, where she is Scientific Director of the Collaborative for Cancer Risk, Prevention and Control. Dr. Klassen is a social scientist whose research focuses on disparities in chronic disease among diverse populations in the US and globally, and uses quantitative, mixed and spatial methods to identify determinants of disparities, and build and evaluate interventions, especially in the areas of nutrition and tobacco. Current and recent urban health research and evaluation projects include ongoing partnerships with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and the Philadelphia Housing Authority to support the implementation of smoke-free multi-unit housing, evaluation of media campaigns addressing stroke risk, and spatial analyses of prostate cancer mortality disparities in Philadelphia. Additional work has recently examined healthy carry out initiatives in Baltimore, nutrition interventions with Washington DC public housing communities, and the relationship between food retail and recreation attributes and Latino adolescent health in Los Angeles. Klassen received her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in history and German, and her PhD in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from Johns Hopkins University.