Jennifer L. Lund, PhD
I am an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and a member of the Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I conduct pharmacoepidemiologic and comparative effectiveness research with applications to older adult populations and those diagnosed with cancer. The overall objective of my work is to generate robust evidence on the uses, benefits, and harms of medical treatments that will improve decisions made by policymakers, providers, and patients. My research program draws upon clinical trials, large healthcare databases, and advanced epidemiologic methods to evaluate: (1) the quality of care received, (2) the effectiveness and safety of treatment options, and (3) the role of polypharmacy, multimorbidity, and frailty in treatment selection, adherence, and outcomes.
I provide mentoring to undergraduate, master’s, and PhD students, clinical fellows, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty in a variety of capacities both inside and outside of the Department of Epidemiology. I believe in taking a broad-based approach to mentoring that encompasses academic advising (e.g., course selection, graduation requirements), scientific and research guidance, and career exploration and professional development. I also serve as a connector and assist mentees in identifying funding, experiential learning opportunities, and employment within and outside of UNC. Ultimately, I believe mentoring must be individualized, as mentees have unique experiences and needs, and the goal of the mentoring relationship is to provide each individual with the supports necessary to develop as a well-rounded scientist and steward of public health. I have served as primary mentor for 8 graduated and 9 current PhD students, 4 graduated master’s students, 3 postdoctoral fellows, and 4 junior faculty members. The mentees that I work with come from a diverse array of backgrounds, which has allowed me to learn from their unique experiences and improve my skills in communication, advising, and understanding.