Jo Anne Earp

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Professor, Health Behavior


Dr. Earp is a medical sociologist whose research focuses on the role of social and attitudinal factors in explaining variation in health behaviors, especially cancer screening and medication adherence.  She also focuses on evaluation strategies to provide quality care for patients. Read More

Dr. Earp’s research emphasizes social factors and attitudes that affect health behaviors. She is particularly interested in barriers preventing older minority women from getting mammograms and pap smears and adhering to cancer treatment medication, and how to overcome these barriers. Another long term interest of hers are factors related to high risk behaviors among persons who have, or are at risk of having, STDs and AIDS. Her current work emphasizes achieving patient-centered quality care.

Earp has published more than 135 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is the editor of the first textbook on patient advocacy and patient-centered quality of care, published by Jones and Bartlett in the summer of 2007. She has designed and taught six or seven courses in Health Behavior, including electives on manuscript writing and reviewing and patient advocacy for health care quality. As an advisor and classroom instructor, Earp has won awards from the School and University for her mentoring and teaching. She earned her ScD from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 1974, and was Chair of Health Behavior from 1996 to 2005 before resuming the position in September 2008 until October 2012.

Active Projects

  •  Cancer Control Education Program
  • Improving Endocrine Therapy Utilization in Racially Diverse Populations


  • United States



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