Lee Strunin, PhD

Professor, Community Health Sciences
(617) 638-5199lstrunin@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – CT452
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Lee Strunin is a medical anthropologist and Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Community Health Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Brandeis University. Her work considers the social and cultural aspects of health, illness and disease. Her primary research focus is the cross-cultural study of alcohol use among different racial and ethnic groups of young people and how cultural factors affect youth drinking. She is particularly interested in the identification and comparison of risk and protective factors for alcohol related problems. Dr. Strunin is currently studying alcohol use among young people in Mexico building on a study of young people in Italy and another in the U.S. Her research is funded by the NIH, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Dr. Strunin is Deputy Director of the CDC funded Partners in Health and Housing Prevention Research Center which focuses its research programs on issues specific to public housing residents.. She teaches SB818 Qualitative Research Methods.


  • University of Massachusetts - Boston, BA
  • Brandeis University, PhD

Classes Taught

  • SPHSB818
  • SPHSB921
  • SPHSB922


  • Published on 6/26/2014

    Sinunu MA, Schouten EJ, Wadonda-Kabondo N, Kajawo E, Eliya M, Moyo K, Chimbwandira F, Strunin L, Kellerman SE. Evaluating the Impact of Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Malawi through Immunization Clinic-Based Surveillance. PLoS One. 2014; 9(6):e100741.

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  • Published on 6/18/2013

    Strunin L, Díaz Martínez A, Díaz-Martínez LR, Heeren T, Kuranz S, Winter M, Hernández-Ávila CA, Fernández-Varela H, Solís-Torres C. Parental monitoring and alcohol use among Mexican students. Addict Behav. 2013 Oct; 38(10):2601-6.

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  • Published on 5/1/2013

    Strunin L, Wulach L, Yang GJ, Evans TC, Hamdan SU, Davis GL, Bowen DJ. Preventing cancer: a community-based program for youths in public housing. J Adolesc Health. 2013 May; 52(5 Suppl):S83-8.

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  • Published on 1/1/2011

    Bernstein, J., Graczyk, A., Lawrence, D., Bernstein, E., Strunin, L. . Determinants of drinking trajectories among minority youth and young adults: The interaction of risk and resilience. Youth Soc. 2011; 43:1199-1219.

  • Published on 12/15/2010

    Rorie JA, Smith A, Evans T, Horsburgh CR, Brooks DR, Goodman R, Bunte D, Strunin L, de la Rosa D, Geller A. Using resident health advocates to improve public health screening and follow-up among public housing residents, Boston, 2007-2008. Prev Chronic Dis. 2011 Jan; 8(1):A15.

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  • Published on 11/1/2010

    Ellis BH, Lincoln AK, Charney ME, Ford-Paz R, Benson M, Strunin L. Mental health service utilization of Somali adolescents: religion, community, and school as gateways to healing. Transcult Psychiatry. 2010 Nov; 47(5):789-811.

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  • Published on 10/1/2010

    Ellis BH, MacDonald HZ, Klunk-Gillis J, Lincoln A, Strunin L, Cabral HJ. Discrimination and mental health among Somali refugee adolescents: the role of acculturation and gender. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2010 Oct; 80(4):564-75.

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  • Published on 5/19/2010

    Rothman EF, Bernstein J, Strunin L. Why might adverse childhood experiences lead to underage drinking among US youth? Findings from an emergency department-based qualitative pilot study. Subst Use Misuse. 2010 Nov; 45(13):2281-90.

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  • Published on 2/15/2010

    Strunin L, Douyon M, Chavez M, Bunte D, Horsburgh CR. The GirlStars program: challenges to recruitment and retention in a physical activity and health education program for adolescent girls living in public housing. Prev Chronic Dis. 2010 Mar; 7(2):A42.

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  • Published on 2/8/2010

    Lincoln AK, White A, Aldsworth C, Johnson P, Strunin L. Observing the work of an urban safety-net psychiatric emergency room: managing the unmanageable. Sociol Health Illn. 2010 Mar; 32(3):437-51.

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