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Derek A. Chapman, PhD, M.S.

Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology
Associate Director for Research, VCU Center on Society and Health

One Capitol Square, 5th floor, suite 5014
Phone: (804) 628-4055 


PhD - University of Miami, 1999

MS - University of Miami, 1998

BA - University of Cincinnati, 1993

Academic Training and Positions

Dec 2013-present Associate Director for Research, VCU Center on Society and Health School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Oct 2004-present Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Department of Family Medicine and Population Health (formerly Epidemiology and Community Health) School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Oct 2004-Dec 2013 State Maternal & Child Health Epidemiologist Virginia Department of Health, Richmond, VA

Dec 2003–Jul 2004 Director of Research Tennessee Department of Health, Nashville, TN

Aug 2002–Dec 2003 Director of Epidemiology & GIS Tennessee Department of Health, Nashville, TN

Jun 2000–Aug 2002 Epidemiologist Tennessee Department of Health, Nashville, TN

Jul 1999–Jun 2000 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Post-doctoral Fellow University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

Research Expertise

Social determinants of health, maternal and child health epidemiology; the intersection of biologic and social factors on children's health and development; data linkage methodology.

Teaching Expertise

Maternal & Child Health Epidemiology: EPID 622. Fall Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: EPID 571. Exposes students to current issues in maternal and child health (MCH). Introduces students to current issues in maternal and child health (MCH). Particular emphasis will be placed on social determinants of health and how policy and neighborhood factors influence health. Students will learn how to use ArcView GIS software to map place based factors and learn how to incorporate place based data (e.g., Census data) into their research. Students will also learn about key MCH topics including family planning, preterm/low birth weight, infant mortality, birth defects and developmental disabilities, injury prevention, and oral health.

Applied Data Analysis Lab I & II (Small Group Leader): EPID 547-L01/EPID 547-L01.Lab sessions will focus on hands-on data analysis and presentation techniques using SAS statistical software. The labs will also provide exercises to help students more fully understand the statistical principles presented in the corequisite lecture course (BIOS 547/ BIOS 548).


Selected Publications

Non-Peer Reviewed (Reports

Woolf, S.H, Aron, L., Chapman, D. A., Dubay, L., Zimmerman, E., Kelley, L. C., et al. (October 2016). The Health of the States: How U.S. states compare in health status and the factors that shape health.

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (Chapman, D. A., Jonas, D.). (2016). Virginia’s School Readiness Report Card 2016.

Zimmerman, E., Haley, A., Walker, A., Woolf, S., Nguyen, K., Shue, W., Kelley, L., Hellman, J., Chapman, D. A., & The Engaging Richmond Team. (Spring 2016). Health Equity in Richmond, Virginia.

Woolf, S. W., Chapman, D. A., Cohen, S. A., Johnson, R., Sabo, R., Wheeler, D., & Kelley, L. (October 2015). Calculating Life Expectancy By U.S. Census Tracts.

Aron, L., Dubay, L., Zimmerman, E., Simon, S., Chapman, D. A., & Woolf, S. H. (April 2015). Can Income-Related Policies Improve Population Health?

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (Blank, S., Chapman, D. A., Fuller, S., Jonas, D., Koonce, P., Pianta, R., Ramey, C., Ramey, S., & Sullivan, A.). (2013). Virginia’s Biennial School Readiness Report Card 2013.

Lay Press Interviews or Publications

9/29/16 Senator Bernie Sanders (Twitter) - The struggle over income and wealth inequality is the struggle over whether all people have the opportunity to live long and healthy lives:

9/26/16 The Washington Post - Here’s how life spans in the Washington region vary by jurisdiction:

6/7/16 The Washington Post – Being a few miles apart in Northern Virginia can mean very different life expectancies:

5/7/16 WURD - Information is the best medicine with Glenn Ellis: Life expectancy and zip codes:

4/18/15 New York Times - Same city, but very different life spans: 

4/29/15 WTVR - Why neighbors in one part of Richmond live 20 years longer than those just 5 miles away:

11/11/15 WRIC - Richmond’s great divide: