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Lucine Francis, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
Lucine Francis
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Cardiovascular
  • Care Coordination
  • Community / Public Health
  • Mental Health
  • Obesity
  • Social Determinants of Health/Poverty
  • Workplace Health


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., Perrin, N., Black MM., Allen J. (2021) Mealtime Environment and
    Feeding Practices in Urban Family Child Care Homes in the US. Childhood Obesity

    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.

    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.

    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

  • Awards/Honors

    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)