Lynsie Renee Ranker, PhD
Assistant Professor (Appointment Pending)
Boston University School of Public Health
Community Health Sciences

Lynsie Ranker (she/her) is an Assistant Professor (appointment pending) in the Department of Community Health Sciences. She is a social epidemiologist whose research focuses on contextual factors in lived and online environments and their relationships with substance use among adolescents and young adults.

Her recent work uses a combination of epidemiologic methods and social media analytics to examine the influences of social media content on tobacco use and purchasing patterns. Other projects include: variations in alcohol use and treatment access among college students, drinking trajectories from adolescence into young adulthood, and a content analysis of poly-substance use discussions on social media. She is also passionate about teaching and mentoring the next generation of public health practitioners. She has taught courses on mass media & public health and program evaluation.

Lynsie was an A-TRAC career enhancement fellow with the American Heart Association during her postdoctoral training. She received both her PhD in epidemiology and her MPH from BUSPH. Prior to receiving her degree, she assisted program and policy evaluations as an epidemiologist with the Institute for Community Health (Cambridge Health Alliance). In her free time, she enjoys reading science fiction, eating copious amounts of nachos, and going on long walks in her neighborhood while listening to her favorite podcast.

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  1. Ranker LR, Ross CS, Rudolph AE, Weuve J, Xuan Z. Identifying and describing trajectories of alcohol use frequency and binge drinking frequency among those aged 15-30?years in a national cohort of US adolescents: A group-based trajectory modeling approach. Addiction. 2023 Sep; 118(9):1739-1750.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37069487; DOI: 10.1111/add.16216;
  2. Wu J, Origgi JM, Ranker LR, Bhatnagar A, Robertson RM, Xuan Z, Wijaya D, Hong T, Fetterman JL. Compliance With the US Food and Drug Administration's Guidelines for Health Warning Labels and Engagement in Little Cigar and Cigarillo Content: Computer Vision Analysis of Instagram Posts. JMIR Infodemiology. 2023; 3:e41969.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37113379; PMCID: PMC10132024; DOI: 10.2196/41969;
  3. Katz-Wise SL, Ranker LR, Gordon AR, Xuan Z, Nelson K. Sociodemographic Patterns in Retrospective Sexual Orientation Identity and Attraction Change in the Sexual Orientation Fluidity in Youth Study. J Adolesc Health. 2023 Mar; 72(3):437-443.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36528519; PMCID: PMC10289118; DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2022.10.015;
  4. Ommerborn MJ, Ranker LR, Touw S, Himmelstein DU, Himmelstein J, Woolhandler S. Assessment of Immigrants' Premium and Tax Payments for Health Care and the Costs of Their Care. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Nov 01; 5(11):e2241166. PMID: 36350650; PMCID: PMC9647478; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.41166;
  5. Ranker LR, Lipson SK. Prevalence of heavy episodic drinking and alcohol use disorder diagnosis among US college students: Results from the national Healthy Minds Study. Addict Behav. 2022 Dec; 135:107452.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35964391; PMCID: PMC10245127; DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2022.107452;
  6. Solar C, Nansubuga A, Murillo J, Ranker L, Borrelli B, Bowen DJ, Xuan Z, Kane J, Werntz S, Crouter SE, Quintiliani LM. Mobile health plus community health worker support for weight management among public housing residents (Path to Health): A randomized controlled trial protocol. Contemp Clin Trials. 2022 Aug; 119:106836.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35724842; PMCID: PMC9673759; DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2022.106836;
  7. Jirmanus LZ, Ranker L, Touw S, Mahmood R, Kimball SL, Hanchate A, Lasser KE. Impact of United States 2017 Immigration Policy changes on missed appointments at two Massachusetts Safety-Net Hospitals. J Immigr Minor Health. 2022 Aug; 24(4):807-818.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35624394; DOI: 10.1007/s10903-022-01341-9;
  8. Singh H, Koster M, Jani C, Rupal A, Walker A, Khoory J, Tewari A, Casasola M, Ranker LR, Thomson C. Nodule net: A centralized prospective lung nodule tracking and safety-net program. Respir Med. 2022 Feb; 192:106737. PMID: 35051877
  9. Xuan Z, Ranker LR. Halpern-Felsher B (ed.) Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Health. Media and substance use. Elsevier. 2022.
  10. Petersen JM, Ranker LR, Barnard-Mayers R, MacLehose RF, Fox MP. A systematic review of quantitative bias analysis applied to epidemiological research. Int J Epidemiol. 2021 11 10; 50(5):1708-1730.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33880532
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