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2001 SUMR Scholars

Lorraine (Lori) T. Dean
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2003
Major: Health & Societies and Economics


Lori is interested in investigating perceived quality of health care services, patient-doctor relationships, and how both of these factors contribute to patient decision making in underprivileged populations. She gained interest in health care research as a result of her prior research experiences at the Treatment Research Center and the Psychology Department of the University of Pennsylvania and at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute National Science Foundation Young Scholars Program in Math and Science. Lori worked with James C. Coyne, Ph.D., studying the influence of the marital relationship on health choices. Lori was a Fulbright Scholar in 2005-2006; she spent the year in Venezuela analyzing "Barriers to Breast Cancer Detection in Venezuelan Women."

Lori was accepted at Harvard University’s Society, Human Development, and Health PhD Program.

Jessica V. Mills
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2002
Major: Economics (Concentration: Legal Studies and Health Care Management)


By participating in the SUMR program at LDI, Jessica gained a better understanding of health care services and how they relate to her interests in preventative, rehabilitative and alternative medicine, proper nutrition, and health care expenditures. She worked with LDI Senior Fellows Barbara E. Kahn, Ph.D., and Mary Frances Luce, Ph.D., on a project entitled, "The Emotional Costs of Mammography Accuracy."

Jessica received her JD/MBA at Washington University in Saint Louis. She now works as an Associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft, LLP.

Chavon T. Sutton
University of Pennsylvania Class of 2003
Major: Health & Socities and Economics


For two previous summers, Chavon conducted research on ovarian and testicular cancers at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, New Jersey. She also studied AIDS and governmental response in Trinidad, WI and Madrid, Spain. Chavon's research interests include minority health, AIDS in the African American community, health policy, quality and access of health care, and public health/epidemiology. Through the SUMR program, Chavon gained research skills and insight into the business and legal sectors of health services.



Marisa N. Turner
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2003
Major: Biological Basis of Behavior


Marisa is interested in doing research aimed at improving health care for minorities by increasing public awareness and education about disease prevention and treatment. She worked with Angelo P. Giardino, M.D., Ph.D., on several research projects related to pediatric rehabilitation and different aspects of child abuse prevention.

Marisa studied Medicine at New York Medical College. She now works as a Pediatrician in a group private practice in Orange County, CA.

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