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Diane 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

Associations of Sleep Characteristics With Cognitive Function and Decline Among Older Adults.
McSorley VE, Bin YS, Lauderdale DS. Associations of Sleep Characteristics With Cognitive Function and Decline Among Older Adults. Am J Epidemiol. 2019 Jun 01; 188(6):1066-1075.
PMID: 30759177

A Longitudinal Examination of Factors Associated with Network Bridging Among YMSM: Implications for HIV Prevention.
Skaathun B, Voisin DR, Cornwell B, Lauderdale DS, Schneider JA. A Longitudinal Examination of Factors Associated with Network Bridging Among YMSM: Implications for HIV Prevention. AIDS Behav. 2019 May; 23(5):1326-1338.
PMID: 30136156

Cognitive Function, Consent for Participation, and Compliance With Wearable Device Protocols in Older Adults.
Chen JH, Lauderdale DS. Cognitive Function, Consent for Participation, and Compliance With Wearable Device Protocols in Older Adults. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2019 01 16; 74(2):269-273.
PMID: 29579176

The Role of Gender in Publication in The Journal of Pediatrics 2015-2016: Equal Reviews, Unequal Opportunities.
Williams WA, Garvey KL, Goodman DM, Lauderdale DS, Ross LF. The Role of Gender in Publication in The Journal of Pediatrics 2015-2016: Equal Reviews, Unequal Opportunities. J Pediatr. 2018 09; 200:254-260.e1.
PMID: 30029860

Work Disability Among Native-born and Foreign-born Americans: On Origins, Health, and Social Safety Nets.
Engelman M, Kestenbaum BM, Zuelsdorff ML, Mehta NK, Lauderdale DS. Work Disability Among Native-born and Foreign-born Americans: On Origins, Health, and Social Safety Nets. Demography. 2017 12; 54(6):2273-2300.
PMID: 28975558

Sleep and Olfaction among Older Adults.
McSorley VE, Pinto J, Schumm LP, Wroblewski K, Kern D, McClintock M, Lauderdale DS. Sleep and Olfaction among Older Adults. Neuroepidemiology. 2017; 48(3-4):147-154.
PMID: 28743111

Sleep Characteristics and Daytime Cortisol Levels in Older Adults.
Morgan E, Schumm LP, McClintock M, Waite L, Lauderdale DS. Sleep Characteristics and Daytime Cortisol Levels in Older Adults. Sleep. 2017 05 01; 40(5).
PMID: 28329370

Correction: Measuring Physical Activity with Hip Accelerometry among U.S. Older Adults: How Many Days Are Enough?
Kocherginsky M, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Dale W, Lauderdale DS, Waite L. Correction: Measuring Physical Activity with Hip Accelerometry among U.S. Older Adults: How Many Days Are Enough? PLoS One. 2017; 12(3):e0174739.
PMID: 28329025

Sleep-apnea risk and subclinical atherosclerosis in early-middle-aged retired National Football League players.
Luyster FS, Dunn RE, Lauderdale DS, Carnethon MR, Tucker AM, Vogel RA, Lincoln AE, Knutson KL, Pellman EJ, Strollo PJ. Sleep-apnea risk and subclinical atherosclerosis in early-middle-aged retired National Football League players. Nat Sci Sleep. 2017; 9:31-38.
PMID: 28260958

Measuring Physical Activity with Hip Accelerometry among U.S. Older Adults: How Many Days Are Enough?
Kocherginsky M, Huisingh-Scheetz M, Dale W, Lauderdale DS, Waite L. Measuring Physical Activity with Hip Accelerometry among U.S. Older Adults: How Many Days Are Enough? PLoS One. 2017; 12(1):e0170082.
PMID: 28081249

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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