The Drexel University School of Public Health has announced that Dr. Ann Klassen is joining the school as its new associate dean for research. Dr. Klassen brings an accomplished career in public health research and practice that spans more than 30 years. She has a wealth of experience in securing federal research grants, and a reputation as being a strong collaborator and mentor.
Klassen’s public health research has focused on the social determinants of chronic disease disparities, and the implementation and evaluation of individual and contextual interventions to reduce patterns of excess burden. Her methodologic expertise includes GIS-based and spatial analysis, as well as qualitative and mixed methods for social science research.
Klassen leaves her position as associate professor of health, behavior and society at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and joint appointment in oncology at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In addition to her role as the associate dean for research, Klassen will also serve as professor of community health and prevention at Drexel’s School of Public Health.
Klassen is the author of more than 70 scientific articles and chapters, and currently is co-leading an expert group on mixed methods research for the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research at the NIH. Other scientific service activities include NIH study section memberships, advising Breakthrough Britain on cancer research funding, and serving on the international steering committee for the 2007 Global Breast Cancer Conference in Seoul, South Korea.