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Thomas LaVeist, PhD

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Dr. Thomas LaVeist is the Dean of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University. Dr. LaVeist's research and writing has focused on three broad thematic research questions: 1) What are the social and behavioral factors that predict the timing of various related health outcomes (e.g. access and utilization of health services, mortality, entrance into nursing home?); 2) What are the social and behavioral factors that explain race differences in health outcomes?; and 3) What has been the impact of social policy on the health and quality of life of African Americans? His work includes both qualitative and quantitative analysis. LaVeist seeks to develop an orienting framework in the development of policy and interventions to address race disparities in health-related outcomes. Specific areas of expertise include: U.S. health and social policy, the role of race in health research, social factors contributing to mortality, longevity and life expectancy, quantitative and demographic analysis and access, and utilization of health services.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Gerontology and Public Health Policy, University of Michigan
  • PhD, Medical Sociology, University of Michigan
  • MA, Sociology, University of Michigan
  • BA, Sociology, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Recent Public Health Accomplishments

Hale D, Smith G, Bowie J, LaVeist T and Thorpe, Jr. RJ. (2019). Disentangling Race and Place in Depressive Symptoms in Men. Family & Community Health. Fam Community Health. 2019 Jul/Sep;42(3):221-226. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000230. PMID: 31107733

Hawes AM, Smith GS, McGinty E, Bell C, Bower K, LaVeist TA, Gaskin DJ, Thorpe RJ Jr. (2019) Disentangling Race, Poverty, and Place in Disparities in Physical Activity. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Apr 3;16(7). pii: E1193. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16071193.

Barajas CB, Jones SCT, Milam AJ, Thorpe RJ Jr, Gaskin DJ, LaVeist TA, Furr-Holden CDM. (2019) Coping, Discrimination, and Physical Health Conditions Among Predominantly Poor, Urban African Americans: Implications for Community-Level Health Services. J Community Health. 2019 Mar 26. doi: 10.1007/s10900-019-00650-9. [Epub ahead of print]

Jones SCT, Brooks JH, Milam AJ, Barajas CB, LaVeist TA, Kane E, Furr-Holden CDM. (2019) Racial discrimination, John Henryism coping, and behavioral health conditions among predominantly poor, urban African Americans: Implications for community-level opioid problems and mental health services. J Community Psychol. 2019 Feb 21. doi: 10.1002/jcop.22168

Public Health Awards

CONN Award, Associated Black Charities – 2014

National Academy of Medicine (Formally Institute of Medicine – IOM), National Academy of Sciences – Elected (2013)

Article of the Year – American Journal of Public Health – 2012

F.H.D.R. (Fellow in Health Disparities Research) W. Montague Cobb/National Medical

Association Health Institute Senior Fellows, 2012