The Main Line Health Center for Population Health Research (CPHR) at the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research (LIMR) has named Sharon Larson, PhD, as executive director. CPHR is a collaboration between Main Line Health and Thomas Jefferson University’s College of Population Health (JCPH).
“Dr. Larson’s expertise will help guide our research in areas that are very important to the patient populations served by Main Line Health,” said George Prendergast, PhD, president and CEO of LIMR. “We look forward to advancing our population health research agenda under Dr. Larson’s esteemed leadership.”
Dr. Larson, an expert in social and behavioral health research, program evaluation and community-based research, comes to CPHR from Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pa., where she held positions of increasing responsibility, including chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Health Services Research. Prior to that, she served as the associate director of Science and division director for Evaluation, Analysis and Quality at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
She completed her PhD in sociology at the University of Nebraska, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health.
In addition to her new role at Main Line Health and LIMR, Dr. Larson will have a faculty appointment at JCPH. Dr. Larson and Associate CPHR Director Norma Padrón, PhD, together with other JCPH faculty, will work closely with Main Line Health clinicians and researchers to continue to identify and explore the underlying social, economic and physical determinants of population health in the community.