Debra Lerner, PhD

Professor of Medicine



BA, American Studies & Modern Language & Literature, SUNY, Buffalo
MS, Health Planning & Administration, University of Cincinnati
PhD, Sociology, Boston University



Campus: Boston
Office: 35 Kneeland, 10th Floor

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-636-8640
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Graduate Programs

Clinical & Translational Science


Research Synopsis

I conduct research aimed at reducing the adverse impact of chronic health problems and health risk factors on employees and employers. I am involved in many projects that apply the Work Limitations Questionnaire (WLQ). This is a self-adminstered validated tool developed by my research group, which is used throughout the world to assess how health problems affect work performace and productivity. With my research group, I also develop intervention programs which are designed to prevent health-related employment problems and improving the employee's ability to function.

Apply to the Sackler School


The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research