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Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality

affiliate faculty

Affiliate Faculty

Health Equity Research

"The essence of global health equity is the idea that something so precious as health might be viewed as a right."   Paul Farmer

Julie Roncoroni
Counseling Psychology
Dr. Roncoroni's primary research interests include health disparities, customized culturally sensitive health promotion and health care, and the integration of health promotion in medicine. She is a yoga and Zumba instructor and enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Nancy Lorenzon
Department of Biological Sciences
Dr. Lorenzon joined the University of Denver as faculty in Biological Sciences in 2007. Currently, she is a Teaching Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. In addition, she promotes education and research through her roles as Director of Pre-Health Advising, and Director of the Professional Sciences Master's in Biomedical Sciences program. She teaches courses related to cell biology, neuroscience, ion channels, human disease, and medical ethics. In addition to her teaching, Dr. Lorenzon has been very active in developing programs and collaborations between the University of Denver and medical and research communities. Her areas of academic interest include: human biology, healthcare, health education and health equity.  Dr. Lorenzon received her PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center and her B.S. in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University.

Karen Albright
Department of Sociology & Criminology
Dr. Albright is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology & Criminology and Affiliated Faculty in the Graduate School of Social Work. Her research explores the intersection of social inequality and health. After earning a PhD in Sociology from New York University, Dr. Albright received postdoctoral training in social scientific health research as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley, and as a National Institute of Mental Health Fellow at the Center for Culture and Health at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Prior to coming to DU, Dr. Albright served for several years at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, where she was an Assistant Professor in the Colorado School of Public Health's Department of Community and Behavioral Health and directed the Qualitative Research Core in the Adult and Child Center for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science, a Center within the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Children's Hospital Research Institute.