Deborah Lefkowitz

Deborah Lefkowitz

Deborah Lefkowitz, PhD, is Assistant Professional Researcher at the Center for Social Innovation. She received her BA summa cum laude in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University, and her PhD in Social Ecology from the University of California Irvine. Her community-engaged, qualitative and mixed-methods research explores cancer survivorship, health disparities, and health law and policy, with a focus on vulnerable cancer populations in Southern California’s Inland Empire. She is currently conducting research on financial hardship for low-wage women during and after breast cancer, and challenges of access to health care, health information, and legal services. Dr. Lefkowitz has received research funding from the National Cancer Institute, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, American Cancer Society, and University of California Humanities Research Institute.

Dr. Lefkowitz is certified as an Oncology Patient Navigator–Certified Generalist through the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) and serves on the AONN+ Policy and Advocacy Committee. She also holds an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.

Prior to embarking on a research career, Dr. Lefkowitz was an internationally recognized visual artist and documentary filmmaker; she created a significant body of work on how individuals confront traumatic, life-altering experiences.