Ph.D., M.S., University of California, Berkeley; B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College
Cancer surveillance; health disparities research; psychosocial factors in adjustment to illness, quality-of-life, and survival; research ethics; the role of epidemiology in policy development
Dr. Prehn joined the College of Health Sciences faculty at Walden University in 2007 and teaches in the master’s and doctoral programs in Public Health. Dr. Prehn also is a Center Associate for Epidemiology and Public Health with the Minnesota Center for Health Care Ethics. Most recently, she was a team member of the Minnesota Pandemic Ethics Project, a collaborative multistakeholder effort which developed ethical frameworks for the allocation of scarce health-related resources in the event of an influenza pandemic. Dr. Prehn also has been involved in studies exploring the ethical and policy challenges surrounding surgical treatments for Parkinson’s Disease and has published a monograph on cancer incidence in Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino people in the United States and Asia, as well as several studies on cancer diagnosis and treatment in Asian/Pacific Islanders and women with breast cancer.