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Luisa N. Borrell

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Assistant Professor of Dentistry, School of Dental and Oral Surgery
Associate Director, Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars
Dr. Borrell's research interest is on race and ethnicity, socioeconomic
position, and neighborhood effects as they act as social determinants of health. She has expertise in racial/ethnic disparities in health, research methods and the analysis of large databases, including survey, census and spatially linked data. In addition, Dr. Borrell has investigated the role of race among Hispanics in theoretical and empirical work. Dr. Borrell has an extensive record in mentoring master, doctoral and postdoctoral students.
Education & Training:

    PhD, 2001, University of Michigan

    DDS, 1994, Columbia University

    MPH, 1994, Columbia University


University Affiliations:

  • Columbia Center for the Health of Urban Minorities  

Additional Affiliations:

Honors and Awards:
  • Health Disparities Scholar, National center on Minority Health & Health disparities, NIH
  • Calderone Junior Faculty Development Award, Columbia University
Selected Publications:
  • Borrell, L.N., Beck, J.D., Heiss, G. Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Periodontal Disease: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study. American Journal of Public Health 96 332-336 2006
  • Borrell, L.N. Self-reported Hypertension and Race among Hispanics in the National Health Interview Survey. Ethnicity & Disease 16 71-77 2006
  • Borrell, L.N., Burt, B.A., Warren, R.C., Neighbors, H.W. The role of individual and neighborhood social factors on periodontitis: The third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Journal of Periodontology 77 444-453 2006
  • Ara˙jo, B., Borrell, L.N. Understanding the link between discrimination, life chances and mental health outcomes among Latinos. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences 28 245-266 2006
  • Borrell, L.N., Castor, D., Conway, F.P., Terry, M.B. Influence of nativity status on breast cancer risk among US Black women. Journal of Urban Health 83 211-220 2006
  • Inagami, S., Borrell, L.N., Fang, J., Asch, S., Shapiro, M. Residential Segregation and Latino, Black and White Mortality in New York City. Journal of Urban Health 83 406-420 2006
  • Borrell, L.N., Crawford. N.D. Race, Ethnicity and Self-rated Health Status in the Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance Survey. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences 83 387-403 2006
  • Borrell, L.N., Kiefe C., Diez-Roux, A.V., Williams, D.R., Larsen-Gordon P. Self-rated health status and racial discrimination in the CARDIA Study: The role of socioeconomic status and skin color. Social Science & Medicine 63 1415-1427 2006
  • Borrell, L.N., Dallo, F.J., White, K. Education and Diabetes in a racially and ethnically diverse population American Journal of Public Health 96 1637-1642 2006
  • White K, Borrell LN Residential Segregation and Perception of General Health in New York City Ethnicity & Disease 16 900-908 2006

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