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Deborah N. Pearlman Associate Professor of the Practice in Epidemiology

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.

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

research overview

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.

research statement

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

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)