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David J. Lee, Ph.D.

General Information

David J. Lee, Ph.D.


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  • English


  • Director, Graduate Programs in Public Health
  • Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Epidemiology & Population Health Sciences


Research Interests

• Mindfulness practices (e.g., yoga, meditation) for the prevention and management of chronic disease
• Occupational Health
• Prevention and Management of Eye Disease
• Cancer Surveillance and Prevention


1989 Ph.D.
University of Texas Medical Branch
1985 M.A.
Central Michigan University
1983 B.S.
Central Michigan University



David Lee, PhD has been a faculty member in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine since 1990 where he currently holds the rank of Professor. He also serves as Graduate Programs Director, overseeing MPH, MsPH, and PhD programs in public health, epidemiology, and biostatistics. He has been involved in the mentoring of students including service on 25 dissertation committees and assisting students obtain F30/F31 support for their graduate studies. Dr. Lee is a chronic disease and occupational epidemiologist and has been continuously funded as Principal Investigator on various grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 1993. He also serves as Principal Investigator for the Florida Cancer Data System, which is the second largest state cancer registry in the United States. Dr. Lee is lead or co-author on over 200 peer-reviewed research articles. A strong emphasis on health disparity reduction is a crosscutting theme within his research portfolio. Additionally, students are active members of his research teams contributing to the 50+ student-led publications in leading biomedical journals including the American Journal of Public Health, Preventive Medicine, Cancer, Circulation, Diabetes Care, and the American Journal of Ophthalmology. Dr. Lee’s current research interests include: public health applications of mindfulness practices (e.g., yoga, meditation) for the prevention and management of chronic disease, enhancing the health of the US workforce, population approaches toward the reduction of eye disease, and cancer surveillance and prevention.