Faculty Profile: Deborah Pearlman, PHD

Deborah Pearlman, PHD
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Research)
Department of Epidemiology
Work: +1 401-863-6455
Deborah Pearlman's substantive research interests are in advancing a deeper understanding of how fundamental causes of disparity influence health over the lifespan. Her research examines the independent and joint effects of race/ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic position on potentially preventable chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and asthma. Dr. Pearlman is among the first to develop an integrated approach to primary prevention of chronic diseases linked by common and preventable biological risk factors and related major behavioral risk factors.

Biography

Dr. Pearlman received her Ph.D. in Health Policy at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, with a concentration in quantitative research methods and program evaluation. Her substantive research interests are in advancing a deeper understanding of how fundamental causes of disparity influence health over the lifespan. She also is involved in the design and evaluation of community-based programs to improve health outcomes of children (asthma) and adults (asthma, diabetes, CVD, arthritis). Three HIV-specific evaluations are under the auspices of the Rhode Island Department of Health Office of HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis. Two projects focus on improving linkage, engagement, and retention in care of HIV+ individuals who have dropped out of care. A third project focuses on individuals at high risk of HIV infection who may be unaware of their HIV status. Dr. Pearlman is recognized nationally for her work in women's health and to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes.

Institutions

Brandeis University

Research Description

Women's health
Primary areas: breast cancer, cervical cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, HIV, obesity, violence toward women
Purpose: Analysis of population-level data with the goal of identifying racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health outcomes that affect women.

Children's health
Primary areas: asthma, obesity
Purpose: Analysis of population-level data with the goal of identifying racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health outcomes that affect children 6-17 years.

HIV
Outreach for engaging and retaining out-of-care persons in HIV medical care

Grants and Awards

2009 – 2010 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring in Public Health Brown University Warren Alpert School of Medicine

Editorial Board, American Journal of Preventive Medicine
University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093
Dates: 1996-present

Guest Editor
American Journal of Preventive Medicine. November 2000; 19(4)
"Violence Against Women: Changing Clinical Practice and Public Policy"

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. August 1998; 9(3)"The Health of Poor and Underserved Women"

American Journal of Preventive Medicine. September-October 1996; 12(5)"Women's Health in the 1990's"

Affiliations

American Public Health Association
Society for Epidemiologic Research

Funded Research

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Core Violence and Injury Prevention Program CDC-RFA-CE11-1101
Grant award period: 8/1/2011 – 07/31/2016 (Rhode Island Department of Health)
Brown University Subcontract (Pearlman)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
State Public Health Approaches to Improving Arthritis Outcomes CDC-RFA-DP12-1210
Grant award period: 9/1/2011 –8/30/2016 (Rhode Island Department of Health)
Brown University Subcontract (Pearlman)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Prevention and Public Health Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
CDC-RFA-DP09-9010301PPHF11
Grant award period: 9/1/2011 –8/30/2013; extension 3/31/2014 (Rhode Island Department of Health)
Brown University Subcontract (Pearlman)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention CFDA No. 93.243
Grant award period: 8/1/2011 –7/31/2014 (Rhode Island Department of Health)
Brown University Subcontract (Pearlman)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
High impact approaches to HIV prevention PS12-1201 – Category C
Grant award period: 9/1/2011 –12/31/2014 (Rhode Island Department of Health)
Brown University Subcontract (Pearlman)

Teaching Experience

PHP 2980 (fall)/PHP 2990 (spring). Graduate Independent Study/Thesis Research
PHP 1970 Independent Study/Senior Honor's Thesis (2 semester course)