Lillian Mehran

PhD Candidate in Community Health & Health Policy, City University of New York

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Lillian's research focuses on ethical issues in healthcare, with a specific interest in healthcare disparities at the end of life. Overarching themes in her writing include the healthcare experiences of marginalized communities, and critical analyses of public health practice, education and policy through the lens of bioethics and public health ethics. She previously served as the Ethics Section Program Chair of the American Public Health Association, and as an Institutional Review Board member and administrator for a major academic medical center in NYC. She is currently the Director of Outreach and Education at End of Life Choices New York, and is a PhD Candidate at the CUNY School of Public Health. Her dissertation focuses on racial disparities in end of life care quality and access. Lillian has an MPH in Community Health Education, a BA in Psychology and Women's/Gender Studies, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.



"Sustaining Caregivers Sustaining People Dying at Home," (with Betty Wolder Levin and Emma Tsui), Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, April 5, 2018.

Examines issues for family caregivers and paid home care workers caring for people dying at home, with a focus on the role of uncertainty (in several contexts), and values, emotions, and dynamics.

"End of Life Medical Utilization and the Palliative Care Information Act," American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, November 13, 2018.

Obtains Medicare claims data of the last two years of life of chronically ill patients. Performs a differences-in-differences analysis. Finds an overall decrease in medical utilization.

"Teaching Public Health Leadership Critically," (with Nevin Cohen and John Gravina), American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, November 8, 2017.

Presents a case study of a doctoral seminar in leadership and organizational change that focuses on the application of critical theories of leadership in public health.

"HIV Criminalization and Public Health Ethics," American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, November 5, 2017.

Analyzes laws in the majority of states in America that criminalize certain activities conducted by a person who is HIV positive (such as unprotected sex) through the lens of public health ethics. Identifies the need to revisit, revise, and ultimately repeal HIV criminalization laws.