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Lucine Francis, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
Lucine Francis
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Social Determinants of Health/Poverty


Lucine Francis is a public health nurse and researcher focused on identifying ways children from vulnerable communities are provided with the best environment to ensure their health and well-being. Currently, Dr. Francis seeks to understand the role of early care and education settings in child health and early learning. Her work is supported by the NIH and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions. She plans to develop and test acceptable solutions to improve wellness policies and practices within childcare and school settings. Dr. Francis is a member of the Maryland Child Care Wellness advisory panel convened at the Maryland State Department of Education, a fellow of Maryland’s Nurse Leadership Institute, and recently completed the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Fellowship in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing. Dr. Francis earned a bachelor's in neuroscience at Smith College and is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins undergraduate and PhD nursing programs.

Additional Resources

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  • Publications/Research

    Francis, L., DePriest, K., Wilson, M., Gross, D., (2018) Child Poverty, Toxic Stress, and Social Determinants of Health: Screening and Care Coordination, OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing Vol. 23, No. 3, Manuscript 2, doi: 10.3912/OJIN.Vol23No03Man02

    Bussell K., Francis L., Armstrong B., Kilby S., Black MM., Hager, E. (2018) Examining Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies and Practices in Maryland’s Child Care Centers, Childhood Obesity 14(6):403-411, doi: 10.1089/chi.2018.0085

    Francis L., Shodeinde L., Black MM., Allen J. (2018) Examining the obesogenic attributes of the Family Child Care Home (FCCH) environment: A Literature Review, Journal of Obesity, vol. June 10 2018, doi: 10.1155/2018/3490651

    Petit Francis L., Spaulding E., Turkson-Ocran RA., Allen J. (2017) Randomized Trials of Nursing Interventions in Weight Management Research: A Systematic Review, Western Journal of Nursing Research-Special Issue on Obesity, January 08, 2017, doi: 10.1177/0193945916686962

    Lucea MB, Francis L, Sabri B, Campbell JC, Campbell DW (2012). Disordered eating among African-American and African-Caribbean women: The influence of intimate partner violence, depression, and PTSD, Issues Ment Health Nurs, 33(8):513-21, doi: 10.3109/01612840.2012.687037

  • Awards/Honors

    2018      Fellow, Nurse Leadership Institute, University of Maryland School of Nursing

    2018      Sue K. Donaldson Dissertation Award for an Outstanding PhD Dissertation at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

    2018      Rising Star of Research and Scholarship-Sigma Theta Tau International Leadership Connection Conference (nominated by the Dean of Johns Hopkins School of Nursing)