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Senior Scientist

Aruna Chandran, MD, MPH ’04, studies how household and neighborhood factors affect health outcomes, and how resiliency factors can be leveraged to improve well-being.

Contact Info

615 N. Wolfe Street, Room W6501

Research Interests

HIV; cohort studies; program evaluation; child health; respiratory diseases; pediatrics; epidemiologic methods
Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Chandran is a social epidemiologist, interested in applying quantitative and geospatial methods to address the influences of socioeconomic and place-based factors on health outcomes and inequities. She is a co-investigator with the Environmental Influences on Child Health (ECHO) project working on airway-associated outcomes, as well as with the MACS-WIHS Combined Cohort Study exploring HIV-related outcomes. In addition, she is working with the NA-ACCORD collaboration on developing measures of socioeconomic status. Dr. Chandran remains committed to direct public health practice through several projects connected with local health departments. Dr. Chandran previously served for two years as the Chief of Epidemiologic Services at the Baltimore City Health Department.

Dr. Chandran has experience in coordinating and conducting surveillance studies, program evaluations, and clinical trials in numerous low and middle income countries. Her topical areas of study have included child injury and violence prevention, HIV and other infectious disease surveillance and monitoring, as well as vaccines and nutritional interventions for childhood upper and lower respiratory infections. As a pediatrician, Dr. Chandran's clinical practice has centered around childhood emergency and urgent care. She is involved in teaching applied epidemiologic methods courses at the School of Public Health as well as introductory epidemiology courses at the School of Medicine.
Honors & Awards
Board Certified in General Pediatrics

2017 Student Assembly Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Recognition Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2004 Elected Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, Alpha Chapter, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Select Publications
Publications relevant to areas of interest
  • Johnson CC*, Chandran A*, Havstad S, Li X, McEvoy C, Ownby D, Litonjua AA, Karagas MR, Camargo CA, Gern JE, Gilliland F, Togias A, for the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) collaborators. “Childhood Asthma Incidence Rate Patterns from the ECHO Consortium: Identifying High-Risk Groups for Primary Prevention.” JAMA Pediatrics 2021; Epub ahead of print. (* denotes co-first authors). PMID: 33999100. PMCID: PMC8129904.
  • A Chandran, F Bhondoekhan, TE Wilson, J Mlam, MH Cohen, AA Adimora, A Adedimeji, J Cocohoba, C Parish, M Holstad, S Kassaye, MC Kempf. “Intensity of Social Support Matters: A Latent Class Analysis to Identify Levels of Social Support Associated with Optimal Health Outcomes among Women Living with HIV.” AIDS and Behavior 2021; Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34287753.
  • Chandran A, Xu C, Gross J, Leifheit KM, Phelan-Emrick D, Helleringer S, Althoff KN. “A web-based tool for quantification of potential gains in life expectancy by preventing cause-specific mortality.” Frontiers in Public Health 2021; Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34277538. PMCID: PMC8280746.
  • Chandran A, Knapp E, Liu T, Dean LT. “A new era: Improving use of sociodemographic constructs in the analysis of pediatric cohort study data”. Pediatric Research 2021; Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33603207.
  • A Chandran, S Irwin, C Crifasi, LT Dean. “Community Effects of Police-Related Deaths: Associations with Low Birthweight Births and Poverty among US Counties”. Violence and Victims 2021; 36(3): 339-46. PMID: 34103410. PMCID: PMC8377742.
Development of an Innovate Tool for Emergency Care Surveillance in Karachi, Pakistan