Joan Dorn

Medical Professor and Chair

Main Affiliation

CUNY School of Medicine


Harris Hall





Joan Dorn


Joan Dorn is a Medical Professor of the Department of Community Health and Social Medicine. She came to Sophie Davis in November 2014 after serving as Chief of the Physical Activity and Health Branch in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to that Dr. Dorn served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and Research Professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine in the School of Public Health and Health Professions at the State University of New York, University at Buffalo. Dr. Dorn’s research interests include the role of physical activity and other lifestyle behaviors in the primary and secondary prevention of chronic diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases and obesity.


Ph.D., 1993, State University of New York at Buffalo

M.S., 1979, State University College of New York at Cortland

B.S., 1976, Ithaca College

Research Interests

Chronic disease prevention and community health 

Health equity


Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals
Piercy, K.L., Dorn, J.M., Fulton, J.R., Janz, K.F., Lee, S.M., McKinnon, R.A., Pate, R.R., Pfeiffer, K.A., Rohm Young, D, Troiano, R.P. and Lavizzo-Mourey, R. Addressing the Public Health Concerns of Physical Inactivity in Youth. American Journal of Public Health. Published online ahead of print January 20, 2015:e1–e6.doi:10.2105/AJPH.2014.302325).

Evenson, K.R., Dorn, J.M., Camplain, R., Pate, R.R., and Brown, D.R., Evaluation of the Physical Activity and Public Health Course for Researchers. Journal of Physical Activity and Health (In Press).

Roemmich, J.N., *Lambiase, M.J., Balantekin, K.N., Feda, D.M. Dorn, J. Stress, Behavior, and Biology: Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Diseases in Youth. Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, Volume 42, No 4, 145-152, 2014.

Holman, D.M., Allweis, P., Brown, D.R., Chosewood, L.C., Dorn, J.M., Dube, S., Elder, R.E., Hudson, H.L., Kimsey, C.D., Jr., Lang, J.E., Lankford, T.J., Li, C., Muirhead, L., Neri, A., Plescia, M., Rodriquez, J., Schill, A.L., Shoemaker M., Sorensen, G. Cancer prevention and worksite health promotion: building connections to identify new opportunities. Preventing Chronic Disease, February 14, 2014.

Carroll, D.C., Courtney-Long, E.A., Stevens, A.C., Sloan, M.L., Lullo, C., Visser, S.N., Fox, M.H., Armour, B.S., Campbell, V.A, Brown, D.R. and Dorn, J.M. Vital Signs: Disability and Physical Activity- United States, 2009-2012. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Volume 63, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 6, 2014.

Donahue, R.P., Stranges, S., Rafalson, L., Dmochowski, J., Dorn, J.M., and Trevisan, M. Risk Factors for Prehypertension in the Community: A longitudinal analysis from the Western New York Health Study Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases. Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Disease 242 (2): 162-167, 2014.

Lambiase, M.J., Dorn, J.M., Thurston, R.C., and Roemmich, J.N. Flow-mediated dilation and exercise blood pressure in healthy adolescents. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 17: 425-429, 2014.

Ma, C., Burchfiel, C., Charles, L., Dorn, J., Andrew, M.E., Gu, J. K., Joseph, P.N., Fekedulegn, D., Slaven, J., Hartley, T., Mnatsakanova, A., and Violanti, J.M. Associations of objectively measured and self-reported sleep duration with carotid artery intima media thickness among police officers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine 56:1341-1351, 2013.

Hoebbel, C., Golaszewski, T., Swanson, M., and Dorn, J. Associations between the worksite environment and perceived health culture. American Journal of Health Promotion 26(5):301-4, 2012.

Lambiase, M. J., Dorn, J., and Roemmich, J. N. Metabolic and Cardiovascular Adjustments during Psychological Stress and Carotid Artery Intima-Media Thickness in Youth. Physiology and Behavior 105(5):1140-7, 2012.

Lambiase, M.J.*, Dorn, J.M., Chernega, N.J., McCarthy, T.F., Roemmich, J.N. Excess Heart Rate and Systolic Blood Pressure during Psychological Stress in Relation to Metabolic Demand in Adolescents. Biological Psychology 91:42-7, 2012.

JNRoemmich, J.N., Feda, D.M., Seelbinder, A.M., Lambiase, M.J., Kala, G.K., and Dorn, J. Stress-induced cardiovascular reactivity and atherogenesis in adolescents. Atherosclerosis 215: 465-470, 2011.

Joseph, P.N.*, Violanti, J., Donahue, R., Andrew M.E., Trevisan M., Burchfiel C.M., and Dorn, J. Endothelial function, a biomarker of subclinical cardiovascular disease, in urban police officers. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 52 (10):1004-1008, 2010. [Nominated for the CDC Charles C. Shepard Science Award.]

Rafalson, L., Donahue, R.P., Stranges, S., LaMonte, M.J., Dmochowski, J., Dorn, J. and Trevisan, M. Short sleep duration is associated with the development of impaired fasting glucose: The Western New York Health Study. Annals of Epidemiology Dec 20 (12): 883-9, 2010.

Dorn J., Genco, R. J., Grossi, S.G., Falkner, K.F., Hovey, K.M., and Trevisan, M. Periodontal disease and recurrent cardiovascular events. Journal of Periodontology 81:502-511, 2010.

Stranges, S., Dorn, J., Cappuccio F.P., Donahue, R.P., Rafalson, L.B., Hovey, K.M., Freudenheim, J.L., Kandala, N-B, Miller, M.A. and Trevisan M. A population-based study of reduced sleep duration and hypertension: the strongest association may be in pre-menopausal women. Journal of Hypertension (2009 Dec 25. [Epub ahead of print])

Khraim, F.M., Scherer, Y.K., Dorn J.M. and Carey M.G., Predictors of Decision Delay to Seeking Healthcare among Jordanians with Acute Myocardial Infarction. Journal of Nursing Scholarship 41(3):260-7, 2009.

Williams, B.A.*, Dorn, J.M., Donahue, R.P., Hovey, K.M., Rafalson, L.B. and Trevisan, M. Vitality and Recurrent Event Risk in Acute Myocardial Infarction Survivors. European Journal of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation 16 (4): 499-505, 2009.

Joseph, P.N.*, Violanti, J., Donahue, R., Andrew M.E., Trevisan M., Burchfiel C.M., and Dorn J. Police Work and Subclinical Atherosclerosis. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 51(6):700-707, 2009.

Violanti, J.M., Burchfiel, C.M., Fekedulegn, D., Andrew, M.E., Dorn, J., Hartley, T.A., Charles, L.E. and Miller, D.B. Cortisol patterns and brachial artery reactivity in a high stress environment. Psychiatry Research 169:75-81, 2009.

Roemmich, J.N., Lobarinas, C.L., Joseph, P.N.*, Lambiase, M.J. and Dorn, J. Cardiovascular Reactivity to Psychological Stress and Carotid Intima-Media Thickness in Children. Psychophysiology 46(2):293-9, 2009.

Golaszewski, T., Hoebbel, C., Crossley, J., Foley G.*, and Dorn J. Metric Testing of an Organizational Health Culture Audit. American Journal of Health Studies 23(3):116-123, 2008.

Williams, E.*, Crespo, C., Dorn, J. Prevalence of Traditional Cardiovascular Risk Factors in African American Women with systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE): Findings from the Breakfast with a Buddy Biomarkers of Lupus Study. Journal of the National Black Nurses Association 19:26-33, 2008.

Dorn, J.M., Hovey, K., Williams, B.A.*, Freudenheim, J.L., Russell, M., Nochajski, T.H. and Trevisan, M. Alcohol Drinking Pattern and Non-Fatal Myocardial Infarction in Women. Addiction 102:730-739, 2007.

Joseph, P.N.*, Dorn, J., Violanti, J.M., Andrew, M.E. and Riley, W.A. Examining the brachial artery reactivity curve measured by B-mode ultrasound in the Buffalo Cardio-Metabolic Occupational Police Stress (BCOPS) Pilot Study. Journal for Vascular Ultrasound 29:199-206, 2005.

Stranges S., Wu, T., Dorn J., Freudenheim J.L., Muti P., Farinaro E., Russell M., Nochajski T. and Trevisan M. Relationship of Alcohol Drinking Pattern to the Risk of Hypertension: A Population-based Study. Hypertension 44:813-819, 2004.

Trevisan M., Dorn J., Falkner K., Russell M., Ram M., Muti P., Freudenheim J.L., Nochajaski T. and Hovey K. Drinking Pattern and Risk of Non-Fatal Myocardial Infarction: A Population-Based Case-Control Study. Addiction 99:313-322, 2004.

Dorn J., Vena J., Brasure J., Freudenheim J. and Graham S. Lifetime Physical Activity and Risk of Breast Cancer in Pre- and Postmenopausal Women. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 35:278-285, 2003.

Dorn J. M., Hovey K., Muti P., Freudenheim J. L., Russell M., Nochajski T. H., and Trevisan M. Alcohol Drinking Patterns Differentially Affect Central Adiposity as Measured by Abdominal Height in Women and Men. Journal of Nutrition 133:2655-2662, 2003.

Dorn J., Naughton J., Imamura D. and Trevisan M. Correlates of Compliance in an Exercise Clinical Trial in Myocardial Infarction Patients. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise 33:1081-1089, 2001.

Dorn J.P., Naughton J., Imamura D. and Trevisan M. Results of a Clinical Trial of Exercise on Long-Term Survival in Myocardial Infarction Patients. Circulation 100:1764-1769, 1999.

Chapters in Books, Monographs and Government Reports
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2014 State Indicator Report on Physical Activity. 2014. Atlanta, Ga: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2014.

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report Subcommittee of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report: Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2012.

Dorn J. and Hoebbel C., Physical Activity Promotion in Worksites in Physical Activity and Public Health Practice. Barbara Ainsworth and Carol Macera, editors. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL. 2012.