Luisa N. Borrell, DDS, PhD

  • Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
  • Assistant Professor, Dentistry
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Dr. Borrell's research interest is on race and ethnicity, socioeconomic position, and neighborhood effects as they act as social determinants of health. She has expertise in racial/ethnic disparities in health, research methods and the analysis of large databases, including survey, census and spatially linked data. In addition, Dr. Borrell has investigated the role of race among Hispanics in theoretical and empirical work. Dr. Borrell has an extensive record in mentoring master, doctoral and postdoctoral students. She is the director of the Master's Program in Epidemiology, the director of the Kellogg Health Scholars Program Multidisciplinary-Disparities Track and the associate director of the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program at Columbia University.

Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
  • Assistant Professor, Dentistry

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • DDS, 1994 Columbia University
  • MPH, 1994 Columbia University
  • PhD, 2001 University of Michigan

Committees, Societies, Councils

Member, American College of Epidemiology

Member, International Association of Dental Research /American Association of Dental Research

Member, Society for Epidemiologic Research

Member, American Dental Association

Member, International Epidemiological Association

Member, International Society of Hypertension in Blacks

Honors & Awards

Health Disparities Scholar National Center on Minority Health & Health Disparities, NIH-MD (September 1, 2003-June 30, 2006) Calderone Junior Faculty Development Award, Mailman School of Public Health-Columbia University-NY (October 1, 2002-June 30, 2003) Leverett Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Dentistry, AAPHD-American Association of Public Health Dentistry-Portland-OR (April 2001) Rackham Fellowship, Summer Fellowship-University of Michigan-Ann Arbor-MI (Summer 2000) Minority Award, ICPSR-Institute of Social Research-University of Michigan-Ann Arbor-MI (Summer 2000) Minority Award, ICPSR-Institute of Social Research-University of Michigan-Ann Arbor-MI (Summer 1999) National Research Service Award- Fellowship, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), University of Michigan-School of Public Health-Ann Arbor-MI (September 1, 1997-August 31, 2000)


Research Interests

  • Biostatistical Methods
  • Community Health
  • Public Health Education

Selected Publications

Borrell, L.N., Beck, J.D., Heiss, G. Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Periodontal Disease: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study. American Journal of Public Health 96 332-336 2006

Borrell, L.N. Self-reported Hypertension and Race among Hispanics in the National Health Interview Survey. Ethnicity & Disease 16 71-77 2006

Borrell, L.N., Burt, B.A., Warren, R.C., Neighbors, H.W. The role of individual and neighborhood social factors on periodontitis: The third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Journal of Periodontology 77 444-453 2006

Araujo, B., Borrell, L.N. Understanding the link between discrimination, life chances and mental health outcomes among Latinos. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences 28 245-266 2006

Borrell, L.N., Castor, D., Conway, F.P., Terry, M.B. Influence of nativity status on breast cancer risk among US Black women. Journal of Urban Health 83 211-220 2006

Inagami, S., Borrell, L.N., Fang, J., Asch, S., Shapiro, M. Residential Segregation and Latino, Black and White Mortality in New York City. Journal of Urban Health 83 406-420 2006

Borrell, L.N., Crawford. N.D. Race, Ethnicity and Self-rated Health Status in the Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance Survey. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences 83 387-403 2006

Borrell, L.N., Kiefe C., Diez-Roux, A.V., Williams, D.R., Larsen-Gordon P. Self-rated health status and racial discrimination in the CARDIA Study: The role of socioeconomic status and skin color. Social Science & Medicine 63 1415-1427 2006

Borrell, L.N., Dallo, F.J., White, K. Education and Diabetes in a racially and ethnically diverse population American Journal of Public Health 96 1637-1642 2006

White K, Borrell LN Residential Segregation and Perception of General Health in New York City Ethnicity & Disease 16 900-908 2006