Deborah Pearlman's substantive research interests are in advancing a deeper understanding of how fundamental causes of disparity (e.g., socioeconomic position, residential racial segregation) influence health over the lifespan. Her current research examines whether race is associated with health outcomes when measures of neighborhood-level poverty are taken into account. Dr. Pearlman's publications include cancer screening, prenatal HIV testing, domestic violence, and children's health.
Dr. Pearlman received her Ph.D. in Health Policy at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, with a concentration in quantitative research methods and program evaluation. Currently she is collaborating on projects linking statewide surveillance systems to the decennial 2000 US census to examine the effects of neighborhood-level factors on health outcomes, after adjusting for individual-level factors. As a specialist in applied public health research, Dr. Pearlman is interested in the transfer of peer-reviewed research to the community level. To further this work, Dr. Pearlman holds joint appointments in the Department of Community Health/Program in Public Health (Research faculty) and at the Rhode Island Department of Health (Senior Epidemiologist), where she is involved in surveillance, epidemiological research, and program evaluation activities. Dr. Pearlman is recognized nationally for her work in women's health and to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes.
DEBORAH PEARLMAN, PHD
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