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Laken Roberts , MPH

Laken Roberts

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Doctoral Type:

PhD Student




Dr. Hae-Ra Han, PhD, RN, FAAN and Dr. Laura Samuel, PhD, CRNP


Laken Roberts graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2010 with bachelor of science degrees in Environmental Resource Management and Toxicology and a minor in Biology. She received her master of public health in Epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health in 2012. Before joining the PhD program, Laken worked with Sarah Szanton, PhD, ANP, FAAN, as a senior research assistant for the CAPABLE study at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She is interested in exploring how neighborhood environments influence the health outcomes of their residents.

Dissertation Focus

Health disparities, social and environmental determinants of health

Major Achievement(s)

  • First non-nurse accepted into the JHSON PhD program.
  • Co-author of several publications.