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Faculty and Staff Profile

Lori Dickes

Associate Professor, MPA Program
Associate Chair

Office: 221 Barre Hall

Phone: 864-656-7831


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Educational Background

Ph.D. Public Policy
Clemson University 2011

MAAE Applied Economics
University of Central Florida 2003

MS Political Science
University of Central Florida 2005

BS Economics
University of Central Florida 2001

BS Political Science
University of Central Florida 2001

Courses Taught

Rural Development
Regional Economic Development in Policy and Practice
Organizational Theory
Special Topics in Economic Development
Other institutions: Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Environmental Economics, American Government
Sustainability and Resilience
Special Topics in Sustainable Cities


Lori Dickes is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Political Science. Dr. Dickes is the Graduate Program Director, including the Policy Studies PhD program and the Master in Public Administration Program at Clemson University in the College Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences and College of Education. Lori has been at Clemson since 2005 and has worked in the Department of Applied Economics, the Strom Thurmond Institute and has been the MPA Program Director since 2013. Currently and previously held positions include: Associate Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Park, Recreation and Tourism Management, Clemson University • Assistant Director of the South Carolina Water Resources Center-Clemson University • Professor Associate and Outreach – SC Economics • Director of Economic Education- Lander University, Greenwood, SC. Dr. Dickes has taught economics and policy for over 20 years and is committed to improving students, and our communities, understanding of policy and economics and the role policy plays in our lives. Dr. Dickes is especially interested in policy innovation, policy transformation and policy design.

Research Interests

Dr. Dickes research interests include three broad research streams including;
• Regional and rural economic development policy,
• The economic and social impacts of natural resource policy and management, and
• Cost/benefit analysis and evaluation of public health innovations and treatment interventions.

Research Publications

Refereed Journal Articles (by Research Area)

Economic Development and Entrepreneurship

Segantini, M., & Dickes, L. (2021). An Examination of Rural and Female-Led Rural Firms: A Resource Approach. Journal of Small Business Strategy, 31(4), 20-39.

Hollas, C.R., Chase, L., Conner, D., Dickes, L., Lamie, R.D., Schmidt, C., Singh-Knights, D., & Quella, L., (2021). Factors Related to Profitability of Agritourism in the United States: Results from a National Survey of Operators. Sustainability. 13, 13334.

Chiodo, E., Fantini, A., Dickes, L., Arogundade, T., Lamie, D., Assing, L., Stewart, C., and Salvatore R. (2019) Agritourism in mountainous regions - Insights from an international perspective. Sustainability. 11(3).
Dickes, L., Crouch, E., and Walker, T. (2018) Socioeconomic Determinants of Broadband Deployment: A Southern Case Study, Journal of Depopulation and Rural Development Studies.

Heriot, K., Dickes, L. and Jauregui, A. (2017). Boots2Business: An early view of an SBA entrepreneurship outreach program. Small Business Institute Journal, 13 (1), 1.

Dickes, L., Crouch, E., and Walker, T. (2017). Local entrepreneurial programming: Myth or reality; A southern case study. Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, 6 (2), 224-241.

Dickes, L. & Robinson K. (2014). An institutional perspective on rural entrepreneurship.
American Journal of Entrepreneurship, 7 (2), 44-57.

Lientz, K.M., Dickes, L.A. and D. Lamie (2014). Does rural matter? The creative class in South Carolina. American Journal of Entrepreneurship, 7 (2).

Dickes, L. Wyman, D., & Springs, S. (2013). The power of energy: Effects of a nuclear power station on land sale prices. The Appraisal Journal, 81 (1), 34-44.

Dickes, L. & Robinson K. (2013). Community partnerships as a tool to reduce regional labor gaps: A South Carolina regional case study. The Journal of the Community Development Society, 44 (1), 127-143. DOI:

Dickes, L. & Lamie, D. (2011). The small business impact of telecommunications policy restrictions in rural states. Rural Connections, September 2011, 37- 42.

Dickes, L., Lamie, D. & Whitacre, B. (2010). The struggle for broadband in rural America. Choices, 25 (4), 1-8.

Dickes, L., & Robinson K. (2010). Enhancing cluster effects to reduce regional labor supply gaps in South Carolina. Journal of Extension, 48 (5), 1-11.

Dickes, L., & Dickes A.L. (2003). Oligopolists then and now: A study of the meatpacking industry. Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research, 4 (1), 95-110.

Sridharan, U.V., Dickes, L. & Caines, W. R. (2002). The social impact of business failure: Enron.
Mid American Journal of Business, 17 (2), 11-20. DOI:

Public Health and Economics

Charron E, Tahsin F, Balto R, Eichelberger KY, Dickes L, Simonsen SE, Mayo RM. (2021) Provider Perspectives of Barriers to Contraceptive Access and Use among Women with Substance Use Disorders. Women’s Health Issues. Dec 17:S1049-3867(21)00185-7. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2021.11.010.

Charron E, Rennert L, Mayo RM, Heavner-Sullivan SF, Eichelberger KY, Dickes L, & Truong K. (2021) Contraceptive initiation after delivery among women with and without opioid use disorders: A retrospective cohort study in a statewide Medicaid population, 2005–2016. Drug and Alcohol Dependence Volume 220, 1 March 2021, 108533

Charron E, Mayo RM, Heavner-Sullivan SF, Eichelberger KY, Dickes L, Truong K, Rennert L. (2020) "It's a very nuanced discussion with every woman": Health care providers' communication practices during contraceptive counseling for patients with substance use disorders. Contraception 102 (5), November 2020, 349-355.

Hudson, J. A., Charron, E., Maple, B., Krom, M., Heavner-Sullivan, S. F., Mayo, R. M., Dickes, L. A., Rennert, L. (2020). Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Is Associated with Lower Rates of Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia. Breastfeeding Medicine, 15(3), 176--182.

Bedi, J.S., Mayo, R.M., Chen, L., Dickes, L., Sherrill, W.W., Jones, K. (2019). Factors associated with longer endocrine therapy use by South Carolina Medicaid-insured breast cancer survivors. Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice.

Hudson, J. J., Charron, E., Bedi, J., Dickes, L. A., Mayo, R. M., Sherrill, W. W. (2019). Managing Abstinence in Newborns (MAiN): Redesigning NAS care for the mother/baby unit. Healthcare(8).

Crouch, E., Dickes, L., Bennett, K., and Walker, T. (2019). Generational Differences in Out of Pocket Caregiving Costs using a national sample.” Family Science Review. 23(1): 99-121.
Bedi J, Mayo RM, Chen L, Dickes L, Sherrill WW, Jones K. Endocrine Therapy Use in the 21st Century: Temporal Trends Illustrate Opportunities for Improvement for South Carolina Medicaid Women. (2018) Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. 171(3):759-765. doi: 10.1007/s10549-018-4866-z. Epub 2018 Jul 3.

Summey, J., Chen, L., Mayo, R., Charron, E., Hudson, J., Sherrill, W.W., and Dickes, L. (2018) Early Treatment Innovation for Opioid-Dependent Newborns: A Retrospective Comparison of Outcomes, Utilization, Quality, and Safety, 2006–2014, The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, DOI:\

Hudson, J., Mayo, R. Dickes, L., Chen, Liwei. Sherrill, Windsor Westbrook, Summey, Julie, Dalton, Bradley, & Dankovich, Kindal. (2017). Early treatment for neonatal abstinence syndrome: A palliative approach. American Journal of Perinatology, 34 (6), 576-584. doi:

Dickes, L., Summey, Julie, Mayo, R Hudson, J., Sherrill, Windsor Westbrook, & Chen, Liwei. (2017). Potential for Medicaid savings: A state and national comparison of an innovative neonatal abstinence syndrome treatment model. Population Health Management, 20 (6), 458-464. DOI:

Crouch, E. and Dickes, L. (2017). Evaluating a nutrition education program in an era of food insecurity. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 12 (1), 101-111. DOI: 10.1080/19320248.2016.1227748.

Ishii, J., Davis, A., Crouch. E., and Dickes, L. (2017). The effects of watching “The Dr. Oz Show” on achieving weight loss goals. The Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association, 113 (2), 54-57.

Crouch, E., Dickes, L., Davis, A., and Ishii, J. (2016). The effects of Dr. Oz on health behaviors and attitudes. American Journal of Health Education, 47 (6), 373-378. DOI: 10.1080/19325037.2016.1219283.

Van Puymbroeck, M. Miller, K.K., Dickes, L.A. & Schmid, A. (2015). Perceptions of yoga therapy embedded in two inpatient rehabilitation hospitals: Agency perspectives. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2015, Article ID 125969, 7 pages. DOI:

Crouch, E., Dickes, L. A., Kahle, A. (2015). Review on antibiotic resistance. Advances Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety, 4, 183. DOI: 10.4172/2167-1052.1000183.

Crouch, E. & Dickes, L.A.. (2015). A prediction model of childhood immunization rates. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, 13 (2), 243-251.

Natural Resource and Water Policy

Isiguzo, C.; Washington, S.; Dickes, L.; Walker, T.; Rad, M. R.; Sahoo, Deb.; and Allen, J. (2021). Stakeholder Voice in Water Resource Planning. Journal of South Carolina Water Resources.8 :(2), Article 4.
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Waters, A., Dickes, L., Walker, T., Sahoo, D., Rouhi Rad, M., and Allen, J. (2022). Contexts for adaptive water governance: Bridging and bonding capital in the South Carolina Conservation Bank, Ecology and Society.

Cheplick, D.S.; Motallebi, M.; Richards, S.; Dickes, L.; Gaines, G.; and Walters, K. (2021). Seafood Consumption Preferences and Attributes Influencing Awareness of South Carolina Aquaculture Products. Journal of Food Distribution Research, 52 (3), 24-45.

Ureta, J. C.; Motallebi, M. Dickes, Lori; Clay, L., Ureta, J., & Baldwin, R. (2020). Understanding Stakeholders’ Knowledge, Awareness, and Perception of Conservation Programs in South Carolina, Journal of South Carolina Water Resources: Vol. 7 (1), Article 6. DOI:
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Walker, T. C., Dickes, L. A., Crouch, E. (2020). Community water fluoridation perceptions and practice in the United States: challenges in governance and implementation. Water Policy, 22, 365–375.

Walker, T., Dickes, L., and Allen, J. (2018) South Carolina Groundwater Availability Assessment, Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement Results. Journal of South Carolina Water Resources.

Dickes, L., Allen, J., Jalowiecka, M., and Buckley, K. (2016). A policy lens of South Carolina
coastal stormwater management. Journal of the South Carolina Water Resources Center, 3 (1), 31-41.

Carey, R., Dickes, L., and Crouch, E. (2016). The economic impact of changing water levels: A regional economic analysis of Lake Thurmond. The Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, 23 (2), Article 4.

Dickes, L.A. and Crouch, E. (2015). The impact of changing lake levels on property values. The Review of Regional Studies, 45 (3), 221-235.


Crouch, E. and Dickes, L.A. (2016). Economic repercussions of marital infidelity. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 36 (1/2), 53-65.

Dickes, L. A. & Crouch, E. (2015) Policy effectiveness of US governors: The role of gender and changing institutional powers. Women’s Studies International Forum, 53, 90-98.

Dickes, L., Caines, W.R., & McAlum, H. (2002). Transferring lower level business courses from two-year community colleges: Are students adequately prepared? Academy of Education Leadership Journal, 6 (2), 21-30.

Honors and Awards

May 2022- Ralph D. Elliott Award for Outstanding Service to Off-Campus, Distance and Continuing Education

May 2021- Distinguished Doctoral Mentoring Award

September 2017- Clemson University Notable Research Project Award for the Clemson/GHS MAiN model research program.


Professional CV

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