Félice Lê-Scherban, PhD, MPH

Félice Lê-Scherban, PhD, MPH

Principal Investigator, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Drexel University

Email: fzl23(at)drexel.edu
Tel: (267)359-6178

Félice Lê-Scherban is the Principal Investigator for Children’s HealthWatch’s Philadelphia Data Collection Site at Drexel University School of Public Health. Her research centers on health disparities with a focus on children’s health disparities, life course determinants, and immigrant health. Her work has examined intergenerational socioeconomic influences on mental and physical health; neighborhood social contexts; and cardiovascular risk among immigrants.

Dr. Lê-Scherban collaborates on several projects to elucidate and act on social determinants of children’s health. She co-directs the Data & Research Core of the West Philly Promise Neighborhood, a US Department of Education-funded initiative to create a cradle-to-career continuum of support for children who live or attend school in designated neighborhoods in West Philadelphia, as well as their families and communities. Other work addresses drivers of disparities in childhood obesity over time using electronic health record data, and intergenerational effects of parent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on their children’s health.

Dr. Lê-Scherban received a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Michigan and an MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Health and Place or Built Environment
  • Health Disparities
  • Immigrant health
  • Life Course
  • Mental health and Behavioral health
  • Urban Health


Dr. Lê-Scherban has received the Student Abstract Award from the American Public Health Association Epidemiology Section, the Harburg Student Award for Excellence in Social Epidemiology from the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health at the University of Michigan and a Rackham Merit Fellowship from the University of Michigan.


Lê-Scherban F, Wang X, Boyle-Steed K, Pachter L. Intergenerational associations between adult past exposure to adverse childhood experiences and offspring child health outcomes: The Philadelphia ACE Study. Pediatrics 2018;141(6); epub e20174274.

Lê-Scherban F, Brenner AB, Hicken M, McKinley P, Needham BL, Seeman T, Sloan R, Wang X, Diez Roux AV. Child and adult socioeconomic status and the cortisol response to acute stress: Evidence from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Psychosomatic Medicine 2018;80(2):184-92.

Langellier B, Lê-Scherban F, Purtle J. Funding quality pre-kindergarten with Philadelphia’s new ‘Sugary Drink Tax’: Simulating effects of using an excise tax to address a social determinant of health. Public Health Nutrition 2017;20(13):2450-58.

Lê-Scherban F, Brenner AB, Schoeni B. Childhood family wealth and mental health in a national cohort of young adults. SSM – Population Health 2016;2:798-806.

Shen H, Magnusson C, Rai D, Lundberg M, Lê-Scherban F, Dalman C, Lee BK. Associations of parental depression with child school performance at age 16 in Sweden. JAMA Psychiatry 2016;73(3):239-246.

Lê-Scherban F, Diez Roux AV, Li Y, Morgenstern H. Influence of grandparent schooling on adult health status, smoking, and body mass index. American Journal of Epidemiology 2014;180(5):469-481.

Lê-Scherban F, Diez Roux AV, Li Y, Morgenstern H. Does academic achievement during childhood and adolescence benefit later health? Annals of Epidemiology 2014;24(5):344-355.

Lê F, Diez Roux AV, Morgenstern H. Effects of child and adolescent health on educational progress. Social Science & Medicine 2013;76:57-66.