Lorien Abroms

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Professor of Prevention and Community Health
Associate Dean for Ph.D. & MS Programs 
George Washington University


Dr. Lorien Abroms is a professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH). She is also the Associate Dean for Ph.D./MS Programs at the Milken SPH and the Public Health and Governance Research Cluster Lead at the Institute for Data Democracy and Politics at GW.

Dr. Abroms' career focuses on the intersection of digital communication technologies and health promotion. She has developed and evaluated several apps and text messaging programs for smoking cessation, including for special populations such as pregnant smokers and HIV+ smokers, and in several countries such as Vietnam, India and Israel. Her programs have been widely disseminated. Text2Quit is offered through national quitlines, and SmokefreeMom is offered through the National Cancer Institute’s Smokefree.gov. Additional research is focused on the social media health information ecosystem and adapting it to make it more health promoting. Dr. Abroms is an advisor to the WHO’s Be Healthy Be Mobile initiative.