Faculty Profile

Lourdes Baez Conde

Lourdes Baez Conde, Ph.D., MPH, MA

Professor of Preventive Medicine; Associate Dean for Community Initiatives; Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement


About Lourdes Baez Conde

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. nnDr. 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. nnShe 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. nnDr. 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. nnDr. 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 baezcond@usc.edu.


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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

More money more motivation? Master Settlement Agreement and tobacco control funding in communities of color.
Health Promot Pract. 2004 Jul; 5(3 Suppl):113S-128S.

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

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

Characteristics of adolescents who provide neither parental consent nor refusal for participation in school-based survey research
Eval Rev. 2004 Feb; 28(1):52-63.

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

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

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

Evaluating transdisciplinary science
Nicotine Tob Res. 2003 Dec; 5 Suppl 1:S21-39.

Ethnic variation in peer influences on adolescent smoking
Nicotine Tob Res. 2001 May; 3(2):167-76.

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.

Tailoring tobacco control messages for Hispanic populations
Tob Control. 2000; 9 Suppl 1:I51.

The association between acculturation and health practices among middle-aged and elderly Latinas
Ethn Dis. 1999 Spring-Summer; 9(2):166-80.

Latino health in California, 1985-1990: implications for family practice
Fam Med. 1994 Oct; 26(9):556-62.

Latino health in Los Angeles: family medicine in a changing minority context
Fam Pract. 1994 Sep; 11(3):318-24.

Ethnicity, culture, and social resources
Am J Community Psychol. 1990 Jun; 18(3):465-86.

Cigarette smokers do more than just smoke cigarettes
Health Psychol. 1989; 8(1):107-29.