Keck School Faculty

Lourdes Baez Conde, PhD
Lourdes Baez Conde, PhD
Professor of Preventive Medicine;Associate Dean for Community Initiatives;Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement
Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
SSB 302M 2001 N. Soto Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, PhD, MPH, is a tenured professor in preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Dr. Baezconde-Garbanati is also a Member of the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center where she is co-Director and Project Leader of the Patient Education and Community Outreach Center. She is Director of community outreach and education at the Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, is in a Multiple PI structure, a PI of the Office of Community Engagement of the Southern California Clinical Translation Institute (CTSI). She is an internal advisory committee member to the Center for Environmental Health Community Outreach Core, and a founding Director of an international effort, the Center for Health Equity in the Americas, a KSOM program out of the Dean's Office, focused on research and education with the goal of reducing disparities and achieving health equity throughout the Americas. She is Co-Director of the Global Health Leadership Track in the Masters of Public Health Program, and conducts and promotes student and faculty research on a variety of topics among vulnerable population groups. She has a Courtesy Appointment at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Dr. Baezconde-Garbanati has a solid reputation as a widely recognized national and international community engaged scholar in the areas of culture and community health, with an emphasis on Hispanic/Latino health. Her work is known for its creativity, and transdisciplinary nature, where academic disciplines and community talent converge with ingenuity to produce unique programs of research that advance science while fulfilling community needs. She develops and tests innovative interventions that help modify cultural and lifestyle risk factors for cancer and tobacco control at the community level. She teaches courses on gender and ethnic minority health, health promotion and disease prevention, culture, and on community organizing and mobilization for health locally and globally. She has mentored well over 200 students in research from undergraduates to doctoral and postdoctoral fellows and is widely sought out as a mentor among Junior Faculty. She is strongly engaged in community participatory and population-based research and serves in the community as a community/academic broker for culturally and community grounded research.

Dr. Baezconde-Garbanati has been instrumental in developing and testing effective interventions, that utilize innovative communication strategies, outreach activities and community engagement, and partnership development to enhance community health with a focus on tobacco, substance abuse prevention, and cancer control. She is a steering committee member of the National Latino Tobacco Control Network and is on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, and works closely with the Healthy Americas Institute. She researches the feasibility of developing policies to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke among Hispanic/Latinos and American Indians, and works on a project with tobacco retailers in the Korean, African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian and low SES non Hispanic white communities. She has helped communicate the latest science for the development of informed policy and community-based decision-making. She has functioned as a broker between communities and academia, bringing needs and opportunities to the attention of decision-makers and community leaders, populations at large, as well as researchers, and the academy. For these purposes she has developed a two way system for communication between communities and academic settings, based on participatory principles and shared equity, social capital, and partnership resources.

She has a strong record of extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health, including the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She received a prestigious transformative RO1 from the NCI to look at the role of narrative in the delivery of cancer messages to African-American, Hispanic/Latino and Korean audiences. This work was done in collaboration with the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and the USC School of Cinema, as well as Hollywood Health and Society. Dr. Baezconde-Garbanati is also Project Leader on one of the main R01 in the Tobacco Center for a regulatory Sciences for Vulnerable Populations, work in a Multiple PIship in community based participatory research with Bienestar, and Legacy LA, both community based organizations partnering with USC.

Dr. Baezconde-Garbanati has received multiple awards and recognition for her work, and is well published in a variety of relevant topics. She received the NIH 10 Year Common Fund Award and the American Public Health Association Health Education and Health Promotion Award for her video "Tamale Lesson", an 11 minutes educational film on cervical cancer to reduce the cancer burden and cancer-related disparities among Latinas. Another of her signature programs is Es Tiempo, a project to increase cervical cancer screening and assess the use of the HPV vaccine among high-risk Latinas in the East Los Angeles area. Es Tiempo was developed in collaboration with the Art Center College of Design, Designmatters program, and is a key program of the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Baezconde-Garbanati holds five academic degrees and speaks multiple languages. She earned an MPH and a PhD in public health with an emphasis in Community Health Sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She holds a master's degree in medical psychology from the Universite Catholique de Louvain. She conducted her undergraduate studies obtaining a dual degree in clinical and industrial psychology at the Universidad Nacional Pedro H. Urena in Dominican Republic. She can be reached at

The National Alliance for Hispanic Health and the Secretaria de Salud de Mexico: Buena Salud Americas , 2015

National Institutes of Health: Transforming Cancer Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors (Tamale Lesson), NIH-10 Year Common Fund Aw, 2014

Francis Collins, NIH Director award: Winner of the National Institutes of Health Common Fund 10-Year Commemoration Video Contest (Dr. S, 2014

2014 Reel Health International Film Festival: Tamale Lesson Finalist, 2014

California Department of Public Health Tobacco Control Program Health equity: Outstanding contributions in tobacco control, 2013-2014

The George Mason University, 2013 Health Communication Conference: Winner of the Top Scientific Translational Research Award, 2013

American Public Health Association: Tamale Lesson, Public Health Education and Health Promotion Best Multimedia Award, 2013

HCI International Conference on Technology: Technology-based Medical Interpretation for Cross-Language Communication: In person, telephone, vide, 2013

Escuela Altos de Cabuya, Panama: Recognition for Outstanding Contributions to the School, 2012-2013

Vision y Compromiso: Outstanding contributions to the 10th Annual Conference of health care workers & promoters de Salud, 2012

University of California Irvine (UCI) Chancellor’s Commendation for Outstanding Community Based-Part: UCI Chancellor’s Award in Clinical and Translational Science, 2011

Design Conference: Es Tiempo Award, 2011

California State Senate, 34th Senate District: Certificate of Recognition for National Community Based Participatory Research, 2011

U.S. House of Representatives: Certificate of Congressional Recognition in recognition of extraordinary dedication and continued ef, 2011

National Cancer Institute and the American Legacy Foundation: Recognition for Services to the Research Community, 2010

St. Vincent Medical Center Multicultural Health Awareness and Prevention Center in Partnership wit: Obesity and Nutrition Award Leadership, 2010

The California Medical Association Foundation: CMA Foundation award - The Cervical Cancer & HPV Project Honor for generous commitment of time &, 2010

Mike Davis, 48th Assembly District, California State Legislature: Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions and Community Service , 2010

Annual Design Review Exhibition, Best Category in the Student Division in 2010: Es Tiempo Award, 2010

National Cancer Institute: Certificate in recognition of valuable contributions to the Cancer Information Services (CIS), 2009

Research America: An Alliance for Discoveries in Health: Public Health Hero Award, 2009

California Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee, State of California: In honor and appreciation of dedicated and distinguished services, and countless contributions to th, 2009

American Legacy Foundation: Community Activism Award , 2006

: Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers: 2004-2005, 2004-2005

Journal of the National Medical Association: Award for Excellence, Outstanding Performance and Lasting Contributions as Scientific Journal Revi, 2004

Redes En Acción, Regional Network for Cancer Control, National Latino Council on Alcohol, Tobacco Pr: National Health Hero Award, 2003

Minority Training Program for Cancer Control Research, University of California, Los Angeles: Dedicated and invaluable contributions to education, research and mentorship, 2002-2014

National Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention: Advancements in Latino Health through Research, 2002

Society for Prevention Research: Community, Culture and Prevention Science Award, 2001

11th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, National Alliance for Hispanic Health: First Hispanic National Hero Award, 2000

American Public Health Association, Latino Caucus: Most Distinguished Career Award, 1999

Board of Supervisors, County of Los Angeles: For Distinguished Contributions to Women’s Health, The Yvonne Braithwaite Burke, 1999

County of Los Angeles: Certificate for Contributions and Dedicated Service to Los Angeles County Women’s Health, 1997

Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA: Outstanding Excellence in Interdisciplinary Research, 1989-1990

Implementation of HPV vaccination guidelines in a diverse population in Los Angeles: Results from an environmental scan of local HPV resources and needs Vaccine. 2017 09 05; 35(37):4930-4935. . View in PubMed

Commentary: Forces That Drive the Vape Shop Industry and Implications for the Health Professions Eval Health Prof. 2016 09; 39(3):379-88. . View in PubMed

Stressful life events, ethnic identity, historical trauma, and participation in cultural activities: Associations with smoking behaviors among American Indian adolescents in California Addict Behav. 2015 Nov; 50:64-9. . View in PubMed

Comparing the Relative Efficacy of Narrative vs Nonnarrative Health Messages in Reducing Health Disparities Using a Randomized Trial Am J Public Health. 2015 Oct; 105(10):2117-23. . View in PubMed

Depressive symptoms and externalizing behaviors among Hispanic immigrant adolescents: Examining longitudinal effects of cultural stress J Adolesc. 2015 Jul; 42:31-9. . View in PubMed

Developmental trajectories of acculturation: links with family functioning and mental health in recent-immigrant Hispanic adolescents Child Dev. 2015 May-Jun; 86(3):726-48. . View in PubMed

Trajectories of cultural stressors and effects on mental health and substance use among Hispanic immigrant adolescents J Adolesc Health. 2015 Apr; 56(4):433-9. . View in PubMed

Cultural and social influences on adolescent smoking dissipate by emerging adulthood among Hispanics in Southern California J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Feb; 17(1):192-7. . View in PubMed

The Relationship Between the Accumulated Number of Role Transitions and Hard Drug Use among Hispanic Emerging Adults J Psychoactive Drugs. 2015 Jan-Mar; 47(1):60-4. . View in PubMed

Telling stories, saving lives: creating narrative health messages Health Commun. 2015; 30(2):154-63. . View in PubMed

Cultural measures associated with sexual risk behaviors among Latino youth in Southern California: a longitudinal study Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2014 Dec; 46(4):193-201. . View in PubMed

Bicultural stress, identity formation, and alcohol expectancies and misuse in Hispanic adolescents: a developmental approach J Youth Adolesc. 2014 Dec; 43(12):2054-68. . View in PubMed

Acculturation and perceived discrimination: predictors of substance use trajectories from adolescence to emerging adulthood among Hispanics Addict Behav. 2014 Sep; 39(9):1293-6. . View in PubMed

Domains of acculturation and their effects on substance use and sexual behavior in recent Hispanic immigrant adolescents Prev Sci. 2014 Jun; 15(3):385-96. . View in PubMed

Associations between ethnic labels and substance use among Hispanic/Latino adolescents in Los Angeles Subst Use Misuse. 2014 Jun; 49(8):1007-16. . View in PubMed

Problematic substance use among Hispanic adolescents and young adults: implications for prevention efforts Subst Use Misuse. 2014 Jun; 49(8):1025-38. . View in PubMed

Acculturation and cancer screening among Asian Americans: role of health insurance and having a regular physician J Community Health. 2014 Apr; 39(2):201-12. . View in PubMed

Do adolescent drug use consequences predict externalizing and internalizing problems in emerging adulthood as well as traditional drug use measures in a Hispanic sample? Addict Behav. 2014 Mar; 39(3):644-51.. View in PubMed

Consumers' perceptions of vape shops in Southern California: an analysis of online Yelp reviews Tob Induc Dis. 2014; 12(1):22. . View in PubMed

Portrayals of reproductive and sexual health on prime-time television Health Commun. 2014; 29(7):698-706. . View in PubMed

Self-Construal as a Predictor of Korean American Women's Intention to Vaccinate Daughters against Human Papillomavirus Asian Am J Psychol. 2014 Jan; 5(2):96-105. . View in PubMed

Perceived context of reception among recent Hispanic immigrants: conceptualization, instrument development, and preliminary validation Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2014 Jan; 20(1):1-15. . View in PubMed

Emerging adulthood themes, role transitions and substance use among Hispanics in Southern California Addict Behav. 2013 Dec; 38(12):2797-800. . View in PubMed

Role transitions in emerging adulthood are associated with smoking among Hispanics in Southern California Nicotine Tob Res. 2013 Nov; 15(11):1948-51. . View in PubMed

A longitudinal analysis of Hispanic youth acculturation and cigarette smoking: the roles of gender, culture, family, and discrimination Nicotine Tob Res. 2013 May; 15(5):957-68. . View in PubMed

The Ability of Narrative Communication to Address Health-related Social Norms Int Rev Soc Res. 2013 Feb; 3(2):131-149. . View in PubMed

Narrative versus Non-narrative: The Role of Identification, Transportation and Emotion in Reducing Health Disparities J Commun. 2013 Feb; 63(1). . View in PubMed

Reducing the Excess Burden of Cervical Cancer Among Latinas: Translating Science into Health Promotion Initiatives Calif J Health Promot. 2013; 11(1):45-57. . View in PubMed

Perceived discrimination as a risk factor for depressive symptoms and substance use among Hispanic adolescents in Los Angeles Ethn Health. 2013; 18(3):244-61. . View in PubMed

Bullying victimization as a mediator of associations between cultural/familial variables, substance use, and depressive symptoms among Hispanic youth Ethn Health. 2013; 18(4):415-32. . View in PubMed

Acculturation, enculturation, and symptoms of depression in Hispanic youth: the roles of gender, Hispanic cultural values, and family functioning J Youth Adolesc. 2012 Oct; 41(10):1350-65. . View in PubMed

Substance use and sexual behavior among recent Hispanic immigrant adolescents: effects of parent-adolescent differential acculturation and communication Drug Alcohol Depend. 2012 Sep; 125 Suppl 1:S26-34. . View in PubMed

A review of cancer in US. Hispanic populations. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2012 Feb; 5(2):150-63. . View in PubMed

Training leaders from priority populations to implement social norm changes in tobacco control: lessons from the LAAMPP Institute Health Promot Pract. 2011 Nov; 12(6 Suppl 2):195S-8S. . View in PubMed

Acculturation, gender, depression, and cigarette smoking among US. Hispanic youth: the mediating role of perceived discrimination. J Youth Adolesc. 2011 Nov; 40(11):1519-33. . View in PubMed

Barriers and facilitators to smoking cessation among Latino adults J Natl Med Assoc. 2011 May; 103(5):423-31. . View in PubMed

Secondhand smoke exposure among Hispanics/Latinos living in multiunit housing: exploring barriers to new policies Am J Health Promot. 2011 May-Jun; 25(5 Suppl):S82-90. . View in PubMed

Cultural values associated with substance use among Hispanic adolescents in southern California Subst Use Misuse. 2011; 46(10):1223-33. . View in PubMed

Marijuana use among Latino adolescents: gender differences in protective familial factors Subst Use Misuse. 2011; 46(5):644-55. . View in PubMed

Associations between family structure, family functioning, and substance use among Hispanic/Latino adolescents Psychol Addict Behav. 2010 Mar; 24(1):98-108. . View in PubMed

Perceived discrimination and substance use among Latino adolescents Am J Health Behav. 2009 Nov-Dec; 33(6):718-27. . View in PubMed

Parent-child acculturation patterns and substance use among Hispanic adolescents: a longitudinal analysis J Prim Prev. 2009 Jul; 30(3-4):293-313. . View in PubMed

Acculturation and substance use: social influence as a mediator among Hispanic alternative high school youth J Health Soc Behav. 2009 Jun; 50(2):164-79. . View in PubMed

Parent-child acculturation discrepancies as a risk factor for substance use among Hispanic adolescents in Southern California J Immigr Minor Health. 2009 Jun; 11(3):149-57. . View in PubMed

Acculturation and sun-safe behaviors among US Latinos: findings from the 2005 Health Information National Trends Survey Am J Public Health. 2009 Apr; 99(4):734-41. . View in PubMed

Promoting the effective translation of the framework convention on tobacco control: a case study of challenges and opportunities for strategic communications in Mexico Eval Health Prof. 2008 Jun; 31(2):145-66. . View in PubMed

The role of acculturation, parenting, and family in Hispanic/Latino adolescent substance use: findings from a qualitative analysis J Ethn Subst Abuse. 2008; 7(3):304-27. . View in PubMed

A longitudinal analysis of stressful life events, smoking behaviors, and gender differences in a multicultural sample of adolescents Subst Use Misuse. 2008; 43(11):1521-43. . View in PubMed

The influence of acculturation on drug and alcohol use in a sample of adolescents Addict Behav. 2007 Dec; 32(12):2990-3004. . View in PubMed

On-time mammography screening with a focus on Latinas with low income: a proposed cultural model Anticancer Res. 2007 Nov-Dec; 27(6C):4325-38. . View in PubMed

Stressful life events and smoking behaviors in Chinese adolescents: a longitudinal analysis Nicotine Tob Res. 2007 Nov; 9(11):1085-94. . View in PubMed

Building capacity to address tobacco-related disparities among American Indian and Hispanic/Latino communities: conceptual and systemic considerations Addiction. 2007 Oct; 102 Suppl 2:112-22. . View in PubMed

Most Latino smokers in California are low-frequency smokers Addiction. 2007 Oct; 102 Suppl 2:104-11. . View in PubMed

Workplace and home smoking restrictions and racial/ethnic variation in the prevalence and intensity of current cigarette smoking among women by poverty status, TUS-CPS 1998-1999 and 2001-2002 J Epidemiol Community Health. 2006 Sep; 60 Suppl 2:34-43. . View in PubMed

Perceptions of ceremonial and nonceremonial uses of tobacco by American-Indian adolescents in CaliforniaJ Adolesc Health. 2006 Apr; 38(4):443. e9-16. . View in PubMed

Internet accessibility and usage among urban adolescents in Southern California: implications for web-based health research Cyberpsychol Behav. 2005 Oct; 8(5):441-53. . View in PubMed

The influence of depressive symptoms on experimental smoking and intention to smoke in a diverse youth sample Nicotine Tob Res. 2005 Apr; 7(2):243-8. . View in PubMed

Maximizing participation of Hispanic community-based/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in emergency preparedness Int Q Community Health Educ. 2005-2006; 24(4):289-317. . View in PubMed

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Unmet priority population needs in tobacco control: large disparities--little Master Settlement Agreement dollars Health Promot Pract. 2004 Jul; 5(3 Suppl):111S-112S. . View in PubMed

Countering tobacco industry sponsorship of Hispanic/Latino organizations through policy adoption: a case study Health Promot Pract. 2004 Jul; 5(3 Suppl):143S-156S. . View in PubMed

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A cultural psychology approach to "drug abuse" prevention Subst Use Misuse. 2004; 39(10-12):1779-820. . View in PubMed

Exploring the cultural context of tobacco use: a transdisciplinary framework Nicotine Tob Res. 2003 Dec; 5 Suppl 1:S101-17. . View in PubMed

Drug abuse prevention program developmentResults among Latino and non-Latino white adolescents. Eval Health Prof. 2003 Dec; 26(4):355-79. . View in PubMed

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English language use as a risk factor for smoking initiation among Hispanic and Asian American adolescents: evidence for mediation by tobacco-related beliefs and social norms Health Psychol. 2000 Sep; 19(5):403-10. . View in PubMed

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