Professor of Prevention and Community Health; Associate Dean for PhD & MS Programs
School: Milken Institute School of Public Health
Department: Prevention and Community Health
Dr. Lorien Abroms is a professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University and the Associate Dean for PhD/MS Studies at the Milken Institute School of Public Health.
Dr. Abroms' career focuses on the application of digital communication technologies for health promotion, including for smoking cessation and vaccine uptake. The aims of her research are to understand the effects of the digital information environment on health and to develop and evaluate evidence-based health promotion programs that run on digital platforms. Dr. Abroms has developed and evaluated several smoking cessation apps and text messaging programs, including Text2Quit, Quit4baby, and SmokefreeMoms which is offered through the National Cancer Institute's Smokefree.gov.
At GW, Dr. Abroms is the founding director and co-director of Behavioral Research Insights & DiGital Health Technology (BRIGHT) Institute, an interdisciplinary research institute that supports research on digital health technologies and their application to public health, promoting healthy behaviors, and preventing disease.
Dr. Abroms was awarded the Early Career Award by the Public Health Education and Health Promotion (PHEHP) Section of the American Public Health Association, the Best Materials Award from the American Public Health Association, and the Gareth M. Green Award for Excellence in Public Health Practice by the Harvard School of Public Health.