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Key Researchers: Clean Indoor Air

Glorian Sorensen, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Glorian Sorensen. PhD, MPH, is a Professor in the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Society, Human Development and Health, and Director of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Center for Community-Based Research. The core of Dr. Sorensen’s research is randomized worksite- and community-based studies that test the effectiveness of theory-driven interventions targeting individual and organizational change. These interventions are designed particularly to be effective for low-income, multi-ethnic populations, with the aim of embedding them in the social context in which people live and work. Dr. Sorensen’s research has found that incorporating interventions aimed at reducing occupational hazards into traditional tobacco control programs increases smoking cessation rates among blue-collar workers. Her research has included a range of settings, including worksites, labor unions and low-income housing developments. Dr. Sorensen has also studied disparities in tobacco control in India. Dr. Sorensen is the principal investigator for the Massachusetts Cancer Prevention Community Research Network, which aims to strengthen and expand partnerships between academic researchers and community partners. She also leads the Harvard Cancer Prevention Education Program, which trains pre- and post-doctoral fellows in cancer prevention.
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