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Dr. Diane Brown

Diane R. Brown, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is also a professor of Health Education and Behavioral Science at the UMDNJ School of Public Health. Prior to joining UMDNJ, Dr. Brown was Director of the Urban Health Program at Wayne State University in Detroit. She has also been a Health Scientist Administrator at the National Institutes of Health and a faculty member at Howard University. Her research has encompassed a variety of issues impacting minority populations such as the extent of cancer awareness and screening behaviors, factors affecting minority recruitment and participation in clinical trials and the use of faith-based interventions to impact the well-being of minority patients with chronic illness. Dr. Brown received her Ph.D. in medical sociology from the University of Maryland. This was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She has an extensive list of scholarly publications. She is especially interested in developing culturally appropriate, community-based approaches to addressing health disparities. She is a native of Newark, NJ.


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