Lorece  Edwards, DrPH

Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Health Sciences



DrPH, Public Health (Health Promotion/Disease Prevention), May 2004

Morgan State University School of Public Health and Policy



M.H.S., Master of Human Services, May 1999 Lincoln University

Thesis: Teaching as Treatment: Interpersonal Skills for Spousal Abusers


B.A., Human and Social Resources, July 1990

Sojourner-Douglass College

Biosketch, Academic, and Research Activities

Dr. Lorece V. Edwards is a native Baltimorean. She is currently the Director of Community Practice and Outreach and Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Health Sciences at the Morgan State University School of Community Health and Policy. 

Dr. Edwards' current research interest includes: health promotion/disease prevention, women's health, HIV/AIDS, service-learning and community-based participatory research.  She is especially concerned about the impact of HIV/AIDS in the African American community. Most recently, Dr. Edwards launched two new projects: Project WISE, (the women's initiative for safety and empowerment) and the WHISK Explosion, (women's health increasing the awareness of science and knowledge among women) which focuses on sex and gender differences in research and health among women. 

Dr. Edwards is very active within the community. She was appointed by the Baltimore City Council to serve on the HIV/AIDS Commission, she is a board member with the Maryland Public Health Association, and she also serves as a senior advisor for the Baltimore City Health Planning Council.

Selected Publications

Edwards, L., Dennis, S., Weaks, F., The Whisk Pilot (women’s health: increasing the awareness of science and knowledge) Project: Recognizing Sex and Gender Differences in Women’s Health and Wellness. (2013).  Global Advances in Health and Medicine (2)5, 54 – 58.

Littlefield, M., Edwards, L., & Akers, T.  (2013).  A Campus-Community Partnership to Disseminate Health IT Resources in an Urban African American Community, The Journal of Social Work Education, (in the press).


Edwards, L., Hawkins, A., and Sydnor, K. (2012).  Service-Learning: A Transformative Process for Minority Students in Higher Education, Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education, (under-review submitted September 5, 2012).


Edwards, L., Irving, S., Amutah, N., & Sydnor, K. (2012).  Am I My Mother’s Keeper? Unexpected Sources of Social Support among African American Women Living with HIV/AIDS.  Journal of Black Studies, (43)5, 571-595.


Edwards, L., Irving, S., and Hawkins, A. (2011).  Till death do us part: Life experiences of married HIV-positive African American Women. Qualitative Report, (16), 5, 1361-1379.

*Selected as article notable article of week by TQR, January 12, 2012


Edwards, L., Hawkins, A., and Sydnor, K. (2010). Community Health Approaches to Mobilizing Partnerships and Service-Learning. CES4Health.

Sydnor, K., Hawkins, A., and Edwards, L. (2009). Expanding Research Opportunities: The Fit between HBCUs and CBPR. Journal of Negro Education (in press).

Frye, V., Latka, M., Fortin, P., Purcell, D., Edwards, L. et al., (2009). Managing Identity Impacts Associated with Disclosure of HIV Status: A Qualitative Investigation (Inspire), Journal of AIDS (in press).

Edwards, L., Yarber, L., and Idowu, B. (2008). An African American Crisis: HIV/AIDS among African American Women. One Healthy Life Newsletter, Issue 16.

Mitchell, S., and Edwards, L., et al., (2007). Types of Social Support and their Association with Outcome Goals in Multi-Site Intervention for HIV-Sero-positive Injection Drug Users (Inspire). Journal of AIDS, 46 (S2), pp. S55-S63.

Edwards, L. (2006). Perceived Social Support and HIV Medication Adherence among African American Women. Qualitative Health Research, 16 (5) pp. 679 - 691.

Edwards, L., Women and HIV. Health Disparities? Not in My Community, Model Programs for Improving Health Outcomes, FalkonQwest Publishers, 2006.

Edwards, L. and Anderson, J. (2004). Women and HIV: Exploring the Relationship between Medication Adherence and Perceived Social Support among African American Women Ages 40-49, XV International AIDS Conference. Bangkok, Thailand (Abstract #TuPeD5209).

Edwards, L., Zarba, A., and Paluzzi, P. (2002). Interpersonal Violence and Adherence to HIV/AIDS Medication, Journal for Research on African American Women, 3 (1), pp. 22-30