Kirsten S. Dorans, ScD

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor Kirsten S. Dorans

Education & Affiliations

ScD, Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA
BSc, Chemistry, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec


Dr. Kirsten Dorans received her doctor of science in epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. After her graduate training, she completed a science policy fellowship with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and postdoctoral work in the Department of Epidemiology at Tulane. Her research focuses on cardiometabolic diseases, with an emphasis on implementation science, towards the goal of reducing cardiometabolic health disparities by improving implementation and dissemination of effective interventions for the prevention and treatment of cardiometabolic disease. 

Dr. Dorans is the contact Principal Investigator for the Tulane STRIVE study, which focuses on comparing strategies for delivering the Diabetes Prevention Program in Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clinics in Louisiana towards the goal of reducing maternal health disparities. This study is funded through the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Maternal Health Community Implementation Project.

Research Areas

  • Cardiometabolic disease epidemiology
  • Implementation science
  • Health disparities
  • Clinical trials

Honors & Awards

  • 2022: Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine; Recognition for Outstanding Achievement and Commitment to Excellence in Total Competitive Research Funding
  • 2019: Induction into Delta Omega Society, Eta Chapter
  • 2016–2017: National Academies of Science, Medicine, and Engineering, Gulf Research Program Science Policy Fellowship
  • 2011–2016: NIH/NHLBI T32 Training Program in the Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease predoctoral trainee, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • 2010: American Medical Writers Association Eric W. Martin Award and Pacific Southwest Chapter’s Frances Larson Memorial Award for Nature Medicine news feature, “Outpacing Cancer”  


Please view Dr. Dorans' publications at her NCBI profile page.


SPHL 6060 Epidemiology for Public Health
SPHL 7500 Public Health Grant Writing
EPID 7170 Clinical Trials: Design, Conduct & Interpretation