Kate Lapane, PhD, has been appointed associate dean for clinical and population health research (CPHR) and director of the CPHR training program in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and as professor of quantitative health sciences in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences' Division of Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases and Vulnerable Populations.
Dr. Lapane comes from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where she was professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health and the Charles W. and Evelyn F. Thomas Professor in Epidemiology, as well as the director of the education function of the VCU Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). In the latter capacity, she was the founding director of the doctoral program in clinical and translational science and designed and launched three master's in public health tracks. Before moving to VCU, Lapane was a tenured associate professor of medical science at Brown University.
A nationally and internationally known pharmacoepidemiologist with more than 180 peer-reviewed publications, Lapane conducts research that maximizes the use of existing data sources by creatively linking data to understand the patterning of disease. Lapane has had federal support in conducting studies relating to medication use, as well as multisite randomized trials of novel care models. She has published extensively on building and using creative data sources to estimate health risks.