Jean Le Cerf Richardson, M.P.H. '71, Dr.P.H. '80

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For more than 25 years, Richardson has been a prolific researcher and educator who has made widely acknowledged scientific contributions in the area of disease prevention. She is professor of preventive medicine in the USC Keck School of Medicine and the Institute for Prevention Research, and co-director of the Cancer Control Program of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Richardson’s current work includes an intervention study to decrease unsafe sexual behavior and increase adherence to therapy among persons with HIV disease and an investigation of the psychological and behavioral factors in HIV infection among women. Prior studies have included intervention research to increase cancer screening of twins, to reduce household allergen exposure for children with asthma, and to increase compliance with cancer chemotherapy. She has also examined the effect of child after-school supervision on substance use, depression and school achievement. Her research has wide applicability to important “real-world” problems for vulnerable populations.

Richardson is a dedicated mentor to future public health professionals who has chaired and served on more than 30 dissertation committees. She has also mentored post-doctoral fellows and taught undergraduate students. She has served on committees of the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and the Department of Defense. Richardson is dedicated to community service, having been on the boards and committees of programs to advance the health and well-being of youth.