Lucine Francis, PhD, RN
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.
Below are selected resources. For more information, please see full CV.
Francis L., Perrin, N., Black MM., Allen J. (2021) Mealtime Environment and
Feeding Practices in Urban Family Child Care Homes in the US. Childhood Obesity. https://doi.org/10.1089/chi.2021.0042
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
Koirala B, Turkson-Ocran RA, Baptiste D, Koirala B., Francis, L., Davidson P., Himmelfarb, C., Commodore-Mensah, Y. (2021) Heterogeneity of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors among Asian Immigrants: Insights from the 2010 – 2018 National Health Interview Survey. Journal of the American Heart Association. https://doi.org/10.1161/JAHA.120.020408
Bettencourt A., Gross, D., Bower K., Francis L., Taylor K., Singleton DL, Han HR (2020) Identifying meaningful indicators of parent engagement in early learning for low-income, urban families. Urban Education. doi.org/10.1177/0042085920968619
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
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)