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Lucine Francis, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
Lucine Francis
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Cardiovascular
  • Care Coordination
  • Community
  • Disparities
  • Mental Health
  • Obesity
  • Public Health
  • School Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Workplace Health


Lucine Francis is a public health nurse and researcher focused on identifying ways children are provided with the best environment to support their health and well-being. Currently, Dr. Francis seeks to understand the role of nutrition and active play 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 child care and school settings. Dr. Francis is a member of the Maryland Child Care Wellness advisory panel, 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., Perrin, N., Currerio F., Black MM., Allen J. (2022). Food Desert Status of Family Child Care Homes: Relationship to Young Children’s Food Quality, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(11), 6393; 

    Francis, L., Patel, A., Hasan, A., Kylander, O., Williams, L., Levin, M.B, Sharps, P.W. (2022). Lessons Learned from Implementing SNAP-Ed in a School of Nursing/K-8 Partnership School amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, Public Health Nursing, 39, 673– 676.

    Francis L., Perrin, N., Black MM., Allen J. (2022). Mealtime Environment and Feeding Practices in Urban Family Child Care Homes in the US. Childhood Obesity, 18(2), 102-111, 

    Francis L., DePriest, K., Sharps, P., Wilson, P., Ling, C., Bowie, J., & Thorpe, R. J. (2021). A mixed-methods systematic review identifying, describing, and examining the effects of school-based care coordination programs in the US on all reported outcomes. Preventive Medicine153, [106850].

    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, 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

    2022     Healthy Eating Research (HER) Early Stage Investigator ESI-WG (Invited)

    2020     Prevention Science Early Career Mentored Editorial Board Member

    2020     SOURCE Service-Learning Faculty Fellow, Johns Hopkins University

    2019     Jonas Policy Scholar, American Academy of Nursing

    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)