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Faculty Scholar Lori Dickes, Ph.D. at Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

Lori Dickes, Ph.D.

Associate Chair, Professor, Director of Graduate Programs
Department of Political Science
College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

Contact: 864-980-3135 or lorid@clemson.edu

Who is Dr. Dickes?

Lori A. Dickes is an Associate Chair, Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Political Science. Her research interests focus on a range of specific issues impacting the ability of communities to be economically and socially sustainable. With a policy and economic lens, Dr. Dickes studies issues around maternal and child health, community health and policy interventions, as well as issues around rural broadband access and availability among others. Utilizing expertise in survey research, stakeholder engagement, and policy and economic evaluation, her research seeks to understand how communities and regions create innovative and transformative policy and institutions to sustain healthy rural and regional communities. She has been the co-investigator on approximately $2 million in grants and contracts to support her work. She has also taught a wide variety of courses focused on rural and community development, economic development, organizational theory and behavior, and special topic courses on policy evaluation.

For more information, see her college profile.

How Dr. Dickes’ research is transforming health care

One example of how Lori is striving to transform health care is through a focus on policy and evaluation of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. She has served as one of the Clemson co- investigators for a collaborative project with Prisma studying the cost, safety and efficacy of a palliative approach to treating narcotic dependent newborns. This research is now being conducted in 10 hospitals across SC. Another example of how Dr. Dickes is helping to transform health care is through her work on the CDC funded Policy, Systems and Environment project working on the intersection of policy, food systems and obesity. Dr. Dickes is focused on how local government, planning and administration can help advance community walk and bike ability, as well as understanding how to effectively integrate health and wellness goals and objectives into local government comprehensive planning.

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Health Research Expertise Keywords

Health Policy, Health Disparities, Rural Health, Cost/Benefit Analysis, Policy Evaluation, Women’s Health