Glorian Sorensen

Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University

Glorian Sorensen is Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and Director of the Center for Community-Based Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The core of Dr. Sorensen’s research is randomized worksite- and community-based studies that test the effectiveness of theory-driven interventions targeting individual and organizational change. She is the Director and Principal Investigator of the Center for Work, Health and Wellbeing at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, funded as a Center of Excellence by the National Institute for Safety and Health and its Total Worker Health Program. She is also the Director of the Center for Community-Based Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Her research focuses particularly on designing and testing interventions to be effective for low-income, multi-ethnic working populations, and for use in low-resource settings. Her training in occupational sociology provides a platform for her research focus on the work organization and environment from a systems perspective. Her research has focused on a range of settings, particularly worksites and labor unions. She conducted the first randomized controlled worksite intervention trials to integrate occupational health and health behaviors, and has designed and tested worksite interventions across a range of industries (including manufacturing, construction, health care, social service, and transportation), and with small and large worksites. Her current research includes a study with low-income food service workers designed to assess and address organizational factors contributing to worker health and safety.