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Faculty Profile

Jillian Lucas Baker, DrPH, Ed.M.

Interim Director and Assistant Professor of Public Health


St. Benilde Tower 3334

Dr. Baker holds her doctorate in Public Health from Drexel University with a concentration in Community Health and Prevention. She is also a trained community mental health counselor with a B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.Ed. from Temple University. She completed one year of postdoctoral training at the National Center on Fathers and Families (NCOFF) at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Baker’s research experiences have focused on health disparities issues among children, women, and men. The majority of her work has focused on designing and evaluating evidence-based HIV/STI prevention programs for vulnerable populations, nationally and internationally. She is interested in investigating cultural and social practices of vulnerable populations and the ways in which health risks are defined and experienced.

Dr. Baker is investigating the degree to which African American fathers and father figures influence their sons’ beliefs, intentions, and participation in sexual risk behaviors and the feasibility of implementing an HIV/STI prevention program for African American fathers and sons.

Areas of Expertise

  • Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)
  • Adolescent health
  • HIV/STI prevention
  • Women’s health


  • Post-Doctoral Training–National Center on Fathers and Families (NCOFF), University of Pennsylvania
  • DrPH–Community Health and Prevention Concentration, Drexel University School of Public Health,
  • Ed.M.–Counseling Psychology, Temple University
  • B.A.–Psychology University of Pennsylvania


  • PHLT 554: Public Health, AIDS, and Society
  • PHLT 705: Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • PHLT 707: Community Health Promotion
  • PHLT 750: Public Health Practice Experience I
  • PHLT 751: Public Health Practice Experience II

Funded Research Grants

Co-Investigator, “Father-Son Sexual Risk Communication and the Influence on HIV Risk Behaviors of African American Male Adolescents,” Diversity Supplement Award, National Institute of Child & Health Development, funded, $217,252, 2012-2014, 5R01HD061061– 3.

Principal Investigator, Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program, National Institutes of Health, funded $47,665, 2012-2014.


Baker, J., Jemmott, L. (2014). The Role of Environmental Context, Faith, and Patient Satisfaction in HIV Prevention among African American Women. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 43, 631-632.

Baker, J., Rodgers, C., Davis, Z., Gracely, E., Bowleg, L. (2014). Satisfaction with Healthcare among African American Women Living with HIV/AIDS: Results from a Secondary Data Analysis of the “Protect and Respect” Intervention.  Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 43, 664-676.

Brawner, B., Baker, J., Voytek, C., Leader, A., Cashman, R., Silverman, R., Peter, N., Buchner, B.,Barnes, C., Jemmott, L., Frank, I. (2013).  The Development of a Culturally Relevant, Theory Driven HPV Prevention Intervention for African American Adolescent Females and their Caregivers. Health Promotion Practice, 14, (4), 624-636.  

Jones, P. Baker, J., Gelaude, D., King, W., Jemmott, L. (2013). Lessons Learned from Field Testing a Brief, Single Session Behavioral Intervention Package for African American Women at Sexual Risk for HIV/STIs. Health Promotion Practice, 14(2), 168-73. 

Brawner, B., Baker, J., Stewart, J., Davis, Z., Cederbaum, J., Jemmott, L. (2013). “The Black Man’s Country Club”: Assessing the Feasibility of an HIV Risk Reduction Program for Young, African American Men in Barbershops. Family & Community Health, 36(2), 109–118.

Baker, J., Leader, A., Voytek, C., Brawner, B., Fishman, J., Peter, N., Silverman, R., Jemmott, L., Frank, I. (2012). Perspectives on Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination among African American Female Adolescents. American Journal of Health Studies, 27(4), 204-213.

Baker, J., Brawner, B., Cederbaum, J., Davis, Z., White, S., Brawner, W. & Jemmott, L. (2012). Barbershops as Venues to Assess and Intervene in HIV/STI risk among Young, Heterosexual African American Men. American Journal of Men’s Health, 6(5), 368-382. (PMID: 22398991) doi: 10.1177/1557988312437239

Baker, J., Brawner, B., Leader, A., Voytek, C., Jemmott, L. S., & Frank, I. (2012). Incorporating Community Based Participatory Research Principles for the Development of a HPV Prevention Program for African American Adolescent Females and their Parents/Guardians. American Journal of Health Studies, 27(1), 1-7.

Leader, A., Cashman, R., Voytek, C., Baker, J., Brawner, B., & Frank, I. (2011). An Exploratory Study of Adolescent Female Reactions to Direct-to-Consumer-Advertising: The Case of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine. Health Marketing Quarterly, 28, 372-385. 

Guest Editorials, Book Reviews, and Other Publications

Carthon, M., McDonald, J., Baker, J., Gomes, M., Stevens, R., & Brawner, B. M. (2011). Beyond Despair: Next decade research strategies to promote health equity among racial and ethnic minorities [White paper]. Retrieved from

Honors, Awards

2014      Drexel University, Top 40 Alumni Under 40

2014      Emerging Scholar; Diverse Issues In Higher Education Magazine