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Diane Sperling Lauderdale, PhD

Diane S. Lauderdale is Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences. She is an epidemiologist whose research examines how behavioral and social factors influence health. Recent work has focused on sleep as a behavioral risk factor. This work includes studies of how people’s perceptions of sleep duration and disruption are related to objective sleep measures, studies of how social factors such as social connectedness and loneliness relate to sleep, and studies of how both sleep perceptions and objective measures are associated with health outcomes, including coronary artery disease, obesity, mortality, cortisol levels, and sensory perception. She found marked racial, socioeconomic, and gender disparities in objective sleep duration and disruption among middle aged adults and demonstrated that self-reported sleep duration is systematically biased relative to objective measures. She has also carried out a series of studies about the health of immigrants to the United States. These includes studies of mortality, pre-immigration influence on late-life health, ethnic enclave variation in health behaviors, and discrimination effects on health. In this area, she demonstrated that Arab American women who gave birth in the months following 9/11, a period of unprecedented violence and discrimination for this group, had worse birth outcomes than similar women giving birth a year earlier, a difference not seen for other racial and ethnic groups. This study provided new evidence of stress effects on birth outcomes. She also directs the MS for Clinical Professionals (MSCP) in Public Health Sciences, a degree program that prepares clinicians to carry out research in clinical epidemiology and health services research.

University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL
PhD - Epidemiology/Public Health
1996

University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
MALS - Library Science
1981

University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
MADiv - Divinity
1978

Harvard
Cambridge, MA
BA - Religion
1977

Invited Commentary: The Society for Epidemiologic Research Annual Meeting-Room to Improve Gender Equity.
Lauderdale DS. Invited Commentary: The Society for Epidemiologic Research Annual Meeting-Room to Improve Gender Equity. Am J Epidemiol. 2021 09 01; 190(9):1724-1726.
PMID: 34467405

HepCCATT: a multilevel intervention for hepatitis C among vulnerable populations in Chicago.
Tilmon S, Aronsohn A, Boodram B, Canary L, Goel S, Hamlish T, Kemble S, Lauderdale DS, Layden J, Lee K, Millman AJ, Nelson N, Ritger K, Rodriguez I, Shurupova N, Wolf J, Johnson D. HepCCATT: a multilevel intervention for hepatitis C among vulnerable populations in Chicago. J Public Health (Oxf). 2021 Jun 22.
PMID: 34156077

Effect of a narrative intervention on individual-level abortion stigma: a randomised controlled trial.
Sackeim MG, Lee SY, Newton S, Lauderdale D, Gilliam M. Effect of a narrative intervention on individual-level abortion stigma: a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Sex Reprod Health. 2021 Jun 09.
PMID: 34108187

U.S. trends in elective and emergent major abdominal surgical procedures from 2002 to 2014 in older adults.
Rubin DS, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Ferguson MK, Nagele P, Peden CJ, Lauderdale DS. U.S. trends in elective and emergent major abdominal surgical procedures from 2002 to 2014 in older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021 08; 69(8):2220-2230.
PMID: 33969889

RE: "A Data-Based Approach to Evaluate Representation by Gender and Affiliation in Key Presentation Formats at the SER Annual Meeting".
Lauderdale DS. RE: "A Data-Based Approach to Evaluate Representation by Gender and Affiliation in Key Presentation Formats at the SER Annual Meeting". Am J Epidemiol. 2021 Apr 08.
PMID: 33831140

Associations of loneliness and social isolation with actigraph and self-reported sleep quality in a national sample of older adults.
Benson JA, McSorley VE, Hawkley LC, Lauderdale DS. Associations of loneliness and social isolation with actigraph and self-reported sleep quality in a national sample of older adults. Sleep. 2021 01 21; 44(1).
PMID: 32691067

Sleep in hospitalized patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: an observational study.
Stewart NH, Walters RW, Mokhlesi B, Lauderdale DS, Arora VM. Sleep in hospitalized patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: an observational study. J Clin Sleep Med. 2020 10 15; 16(10):1693-1699.
PMID: 32620186

Tobacco and marijuana use and their association with serum prostate-specific antigen levels among African American men in Chicago.
Press DJ, Pierce B, Lauderdale DS, Aschebrook-Kilfoy B, Lin Gomez S, Hedeker D, Wright NE, Fantus RJ, Bettencourt L, Ahsan H, Eggener S. Tobacco and marijuana use and their association with serum prostate-specific antigen levels among African American men in Chicago. Prev Med Rep. 2020 Dec; 20:101174.
PMID: 33088675

Associations of loneliness and social isolation with actigraph and self-reported sleep quality in a national sample of older adults.
Benson JA, McSorley VE, Hawkley LC, Lauderdale DS. Associations of loneliness and social isolation with actigraph and self-reported sleep quality in a national sample of older adults. Sleep. 2020 Jul 21.
PMID: 32691067

ChicagO Multiethnic Prevention and Surveillance Study (COMPASS): Increased Response Rates Among African American Residents in Low Socioeconomic Status Neighborhoods.
Press DJ, Aschebrook-Kilfoy B, Lauderdale D, Stepniak E, Gomez SL, Johnson EP, Gopalakrishnan R, Smieliauskas F, Hedeker D, Bettencourt L, Anselin L, Ahsan H. ChicagO Multiethnic Prevention and Surveillance Study (COMPASS): Increased Response Rates Among African American Residents in Low Socioeconomic Status Neighborhoods. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2021 02; 8(1):186-198.
PMID: 32542493

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Louis Block Professor of Public Health Sciences and the College
University of Chicago
2020

BSD Faculty Award for Distinguished Educator/Mentor
University of Chicago
2018

Elected membership American Epidemiological Society
2016

President, Society for Epidemiologic Research
2015 - 2016

Fellow, American College of Epidemiology
2006