Leadership and Mentors

Roland J. Thorpe Jr., PhD

thorpe,20roland.jpgAssistant Professor of Health, Behavior and Society
Director, Program for Research on Men's Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Roland J. Thorpe Jr., PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society (HBS), Project Director, Research Education and Training Director; Director of the Program on Research for Men's Health in the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, and a Faculty Associate in the Johns Hopkins Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities (JHCRCD) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Before joining the faculty, Dr. Thorpe was an Institutional Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and the Center on Aging and Health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

His research focuses on understanding the etiology of disparities in functional and health status of community-dwelling adults across the life course in three areas: 1) social factors (mainly race and SES); 2) the interrelationship between race, SES, and segregation; and 3) men's health. His work appears in flagship aging, public health, and men's health journals including, Journals of Gerontology Medical Sciences and Journals of Gerontology Social Science, Social Science and Medicine, American Journal of Men's Health, and International Journal of Men's Health.

Dr. Thorpe's research has been supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the National Institute on Aging. He teaches courses on health disparities, advanced methods in health services research, and research design and methods in social and behavioral sciences.

During Dr. Thorpe's career, he has mentored 15 undergraduate (10 underrepresented minorities), 5 master (3 underrepresented minorities), 6 predoctoral (4 underrepresented minorities), 5 medical (4 underrepresented minorities) and 2 postdoctoral students (all underrepresented minorities). Of these students, he has published with 10 of them (all underrepresented minorities) and had 3 (1 underrepresented minority) papers under review with one or more of these students.

In 2011, Dr. Thorpe was a recipient of the JHBSPH's Advising, Mentoring, and Teaching Recognition Award.