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Glorian C. Sorensen, PhD, MPH

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Phone: (617) 632-2183
Fax: (617) 632-1999


glorian_sorensen@dfci.harvard.edu

Glorian C. Sorensen, PhD, MPH

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School Of Public Health
  • Director, Center for Community-Based Research, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Faculty Vice President for Faculty Development, Office for Faculty Development, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

The core of Dr. Sorensen’s cancer prevention 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 is the Principal Investigator for the Harvard School of Public Health Center for Work, Health and Wellbeing, funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Dr. Sorensen’s research has included a PO1 program project, several UO1’s, and multiple RO1’s funded by NCI, NIEHS, CDC, and NIOSH, as well as through foundations, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her research has included a range of settings, including worksites, labor unions, unionized truck drivers and low-income housing developments. Dr. Sorensen is also studying disparities in tobacco control and consumption in India, and is working with colleagues in India across several worksite settings.

Publications

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  • Nagler EM, Sinha DN, Pednekar MS, Stoddard AM, Gupta PC, Mathur N, Lando H, Aghi M, Cordeira LS, Viswanath K, Sorensen G. Social contextual factors and tobacco use among Indian teachers: insights from the Bihar School Teachers' Study. Prev Med 2015; 74:24-30. PubMed
  • Tamers SL, Allen J, Yang M, Stoddard A, Harley A, Sorensen G. Does concern motivate behavior change? Exploring the relationship between physical activity and body mass index among low-income housing residents. Health Educ Behav 2014. PubMed
  • Gupta PC, Lando HA, Pednekar MS, Narake SS, Nagler EM, Pawar PS, Sinha DN, Aghi MB, Sorensen GS. Improvement in prevalence of tobacco use among teachers in Bihar after COTPA. Indian J Cancer 2014; 51 Suppl 1:S19-23. PubMed
  • Adamkiewicz G, Spengler JD, Harley AE, Stoddard A, Yang M, Alvarez-Reeves M, Sorensen G. Environmental conditions in low-income urban housing: clustering and associations with self-reported health. Am J Public Health 2014. PubMed
  • Nelson CC, Wagner GR, Caban-Martinez AJ, Buxton OM, Kenwood CT, Sabbath EL, Hashimoto DM, Hopcia K, Allen J, Sorensen G. Physical activity and body mass index: the contribution of age and workplace characteristics. Am J Prev Med 2014; 46:S42-51. PubMed
  • , Allweiss P, Brown DR, Chosewood LC, Dorn JM, Dube S, Elder R, Holman DM, Hudson HL, Kimsey CD, Lang JE, Lankford TJ, Li C, Muirhead L, Neri A, Plescia M, Rodriguez J, Schill AL, Shoemaker M, Sorensen G, Townsend J, White MC. Cancer prevention and worksite health promotion: time to join forces. Preventing Chronic Disease 2014; 11:E128. PubMed
  • Goodman MS, Li Y, Stoddard AM, Sorensen G. Analysis of Ordinal Outcomes with Longitudinal Covariates Subject to Missingness. 2014; 41:1040-1052. PubMed
  • Harley AE, Yang M, Stoddard AM, Adamkiewicz G, Walker R, Tucker-Seeley RD, Allen JD, Sorensen G. Patterns and predictors of health behaviors among racially/ethnically diverse residents of low-income housing developments. Am J Health Promot 2014. PubMed
  • Caspi CE, Dennerlein JT, Kenwood C, Stoddard AM, Hopcia K, Hashimoto D, Sorensen G. Results of a pilot intervention to improve health and safety for health care workers. J Occup Environ Med 2013; 55:1449-55. PubMed
  • Sorensen G, McLellan D, Dennerlein JT, Pronk NP, Allen JD, Boden LI, Okechukwu CA, Hashimoto D, Stoddard A, Wagner GR. Integration of health protection and health promotion: rationale, indicators, and metrics. J Occup Environ Med 2013; 55:S12-8. PubMed
  • Umukoro PE, Arias OE, Stoffel SD, Hopcia K, Sorensen G, Dennerlein JT. Physical activity at work contributes little to patient care workers' weekly totals. J Occup Environ Med 2013; 55:S63-8. PubMed
  • Sorensen G, Pednekar MS, Sinha DN, Stoddard AM, Nagler E, Aghi MB, Lando HA, Viswanath K, Pawar P, Gupta PC. Effects of a tobacco control intervention for teachers in India: results of the Bihar school teachers study. Am J Public Health 2013; 103:2035-40. PubMed
  • Tucker-Seeley RD, Harley AE, Stoddard AM, Sorensen GG. Financial hardship and self-rated health among low-income housing residents. Health Educ Behav 2013; 40:442-8. PubMed
  • Nagler EM, Pednekar MS, Viswanath K, Sinha DN, Aghi MB, Pischke CR, Ebbeling CB, Lando HA, Gupta PC, Sorensen GC. Designing in the social context: using the social contextual model of health behavior change to develop a tobacco control intervention for teachers in India. 2013. PubMed
  • Sorensen G, Landsbergis P, Hammer L, Amick BC, Linnan L, Yancey A, Welch LS, Goetzel RZ, Flannery KM, Pratt C, . Preventing chronic disease in the workplace: a workshop report and recommendations. Am J Public Health 2011. PubMed
  • Okechukwu CA, Krieger N, Sorensen G, Li Y, Barbeau EM. Testing hypothesized psychosocial mediators: lessons learned in the MassBUILT study. Health Educ Behav 2011; 38:404-11. PubMed
  • Sorensen G, Stoddard A, Quintiliani L, Ebbeling C, Nagler E, Yang M, Pereira L, Wallace L. Tobacco use cessation and weight management among motor freight workers: results of the gear up for health study. Cancer Causes Control 2010; 21:2113-22. PubMed
  • Quintiliani L, Yang M, Sorensen G. A process evaluation of tobacco-related outcomes from a telephone and print-delivered intervention for motor freight workers. Addict Behav 2010; 35:1036-9. PubMed
  • Nguyen KH, Subramanian SV, Sorensen G, Tsang K, Wright RJ. Influence of experiences of racial discrimination and ethnic identity on prenatal smoking among urban black and Hispanic women. J Epidemiol Community Health 2010. PubMed
  • Sapp AL, Kawachi I, Sorensen G, LaMontagne AD, Subramanian SV. Does workplace social capital buffer the effects of job stress? A cross-sectional, multilevel analysis of cigarette smoking among U.S. manufacturing workers. J Occup Environ Med 2010; 52:740-50. PubMed
  • Harley AE, Devine CM, Beard B, Stoddard AM, Hunt MK, Sorensen G. Multiple health behavior changes in a cancer prevention intervention for construction workers, 2001-2003. Preventing Chronic Disease 2010; 7:A55. PubMed
  • Viswanath K, Ackerson LK, Sorensen G, Gupta PC. Movies and TV influence tobacco use in India: findings from a national survey. PLoS ONE 2010; 5:e11365. PubMed
  • Okechukwu CA,Krieger N,Sorensen G,Li Y,Barbeau EM. MassBuilt: effectiveness of an apprenticeship site-based smoking cessation intervention for unionized building trades workers. Cancer Causes Control 2009; 20:887-94. PubMed
  • Bowen DJ, Sorensen G, Weiner BJ, Campbell M, Emmons K, Melvin C. Dissemination research in cancer control: where are we and where should we go? Cancer Causes Control 2009; 20:473-85. PubMed
  • Sorensen G, Quintiliani L, Pereira L, Yang M, Stoddard A. Work experiences and tobacco use: findings from the gear up for health study. J Occup Environ Med 2009; 51:87-94. PubMed
  • LaMontagne AD, Stoddard AM, Roelofs C, Sembajwe G, Sapp AL, Sorensen G. A hazardous substance exposure prevention rating method for intervention needs assessment and effectiveness evaluation: the Small Business Exposure Index. Environ Health 2009; 8:10. PubMed
  • Goldman RE, Barbeau E, Hunt MK, Acevedo-Garcia D, Emmons KM, Gagne J, Sorensen G. Perceptions of Health Promotion and Cancer Prevention Among Adults in Working-Class Occupations and Neighborhoods. Health Educ Behav 2008; 35:777-90. PubMed
  • Allen JD, Stoddard AM, Sorensen G. Do Social Network Characteristics Predict Mammography Screening Practices? Health Educ Behav 2008; 35:763-76. PubMed
  • Wolin KY,Bennett GG,McNeill LH,Sorensen G,Emmons KM. Low discretionary time as a barrier to physical activity and intervention uptake. Am J Health Behav 2008; 32:563-9. PubMed
  • Bennett GG, Wolin KY, Okechukwu CA, Arthur CM, Askew S, Sorensen G, Emmons KM. Nativity and Cigarette Smoking among Lower Income Blacks: Results from the Healthy Directions Study. J Immigr Minor Health 2008; 10:305-11. PubMed
  • Campbell MK, McLerran D, Turner-McGrievy G, Feng Z, Havas S, Sorensen G, Buller D, Beresford SA, Nebeling L. Mediation of adult fruit and vegetable consumption in the National 5 A Day for Better Health community studies. Ann Behav Med 2008; 35:49-60. PubMed
  • Quinn MM, Sembajwe G, Stoddard AM, Kriebel D, Krieger N, Sorensen G, Hartman C, Naishadham D, Barbeau EM. Social disparities in the burden of occupational exposures: results of a cross-sectional study. Am J Ind Med 2007; 50:861-75. PubMed
  • Peterson KE, Dubowitz T, Stoddard AM, Troped PJ, Sorensen G, Emmons KM. Social context of physical activity and weight status in working-class populations. J Phys Act Health 2008; 4:381-96. PubMed
  • Hunt MK, Stoddard AM, Kaphingst KA, Sorensen G. Characteristics of participants in a cancer prevention intervention designed for multiethnic workers in small manufacturing worksites. Am J Health Promot 2007; 22:33-7. PubMed
  • Sorensen G, Stoddard AM, Dubowitz T, Barbeau EM, Bigby J, Emmons KM, Berkman LF, Peterson KE. The Influence of Social Context on Changes in Fruit and Vegetable Consumption: Results of the Healthy Directions Studies. Am J Public Health 2007; 97:1216-27. PubMed
  • Sorensen G, Barbeau EM, Stoddard AM, Hunt MK, Goldman R, Smith A, Brennan AA, Wallace L. Tools for health: the efficacy of a tailored intervention targeted for construction laborers. Cancer Causes Control 2006; 18:51-9. PubMed
  • Hunt MK, Barbeau EM, Lederman R, Stoddard AM, Chetkovich C, Goldman R, Wallace L, Sorensen G. Process Evaluation Results From the Healthy Directions-Small Business Study. Health Educ Behav 2007; 34:90-107. PubMed
  • Ebbeling CB, Pearson MN, Sorensen G, Levine RA, Hebert JR, Salkeld JA, Peterson KE. Conceptualization and development of a theory-based healthful eating and physical activity intervention for postpartum women who are low income. Health Promot Pract 2006; 8:50-9. PubMed
  • Kaphingst KA, Bennett GG, Sorensen G, Kaphingst KM, O'Neil AE, McInnis K. Body mass index, physical activity, and dietary behaviors among members of an urban community fitness center: a questionnaire survey. BMC Public Health 2007; 7:181. PubMed
  • Barbeau EM, Delaurier G, Kelder G, McLellan D, Sorensen G, Balbach ED, Levenstein C. A decade of work on organized labor and tobacco control: reflections on research and coalition building in the United States. J Public Health Policy 2007; 28:118-35. PubMed
  • Devine CM, Stoddard AM, Barbeau EM, Naishadham D, Sorensen G. Work-to-family spillover and fruit and vegetable consumption among construction laborers. Am J Health Promot 2007; 21:175-82. PubMed
  • Forster JL, Lazovich D, Hickle A, Sorensen G, Demierre MF. Compliance with restrictions on sale of indoor tanning sessions to youth in Minnesota and Massachusetts. J Am Acad Dermatol 2006; 55:962-7. PubMed
  • Bennett GG, Wolin KY, Avrunin JS, Stoddard AM, Sorensen G, Barbeau E, Emmons KM. Does race/ethnicity moderate the association between job strain and leisure time physical activity? Ann Behav Med 2006; 32:60-7. PubMed
  • Eliassen AH, Colditz GA, Peterson KE, Furtado JD, Fay ME, Sorensen G, Emmons KM. Biomarker validation of dietary intervention in two multiethnic populations. Prev Chronic Dis 2006; 3:A44. PubMed
  • Wolin KY, Colditz G, Stoddard AM, Emmons KM, Sorensen G. Acculturation and physical activity in a working class multiethnic population. Prev Med 2006; 42:266-72. PubMed
  • Sorensen G, Barbeau EM. Integrating occupational health, safety and worksite health promotion: opportunities for research and practice. Med Lav 2006; 97:240-57. PubMed
  • Krieger N, Waterman PD, Hartman C, Bates LM, Stoddard AM, Quinn MM, Sorensen G, Barbeau EM. Social hazards on the job: workplace abuse, sexual harassment, and racial discrimination--a study of Black, Latino, and White low-income women and men workers in the United States. Int J Health Serv 2006; 36:51-85. PubMed
  • Siqueira CE, Barbeau E, Youngstrom R, Levenstein C, Sorensen G. Worksite tobacco control policies and labor-management cooperation and conflict in new york state. New Solut 2007; 13:153-71. PubMed
  • Barbeau E, Yaus K, McLellan D, Levenstein C, Youngstrom R, Siqueira E, Sorensen G. Organized labor, public health, and tobacco control policy: a dialogue toward action. New Solut 2007; 11:121-39. PubMed
  • Okechukwu CA, Krieger N, Chen J, Sorensen G, Li Y, Barbeau EM. The association of workplace hazards and smoking in a U.S. multiethnic working-class population. Public Health Rep 2010; 125:225-33. PubMed
  • Hunt MK, Harley AE, Stoddard AM, Lederman RI, Macarthur MJ, Sorensen G. Elements of External Validity of Tools for Health: An Intervention for Construction Laborers. Am J Health Promot 2010; 24:e11-e20. PubMed
  • Barbeau E, WAllace L, Lederman R, Lightman N, Stoddard A, Sorensen G. Recruiting small manufacturing worksites that employ multi-ethnic, low-wage workers to a cancer prevention research trial. J Am Diet Assoc 2006.
  • Duncan DT, Kawachi I, Melly SJ, Blossom J, Sorensen G, Williams DR. Demographic disparities in the tobacco retail environment in Boston: a citywide spatial analysis. Public Health Rep 2014; 129:209-15. PubMed
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