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Laura Poms, PhD

Department of Global and Community Health

Laura Poms

Laura Wheeler Poms, Assistant Professor in Global and Community Health, primarily teaches epidemiology. She is an occupational health psychologist focusing on how an individual's work environment influences physical and mental health. She serves as a co-PI for the Commonwealth Public Health Training Center grant, working to increase the number of students entering public health training programs and designing and delivering public health education training to local agencies. Her research interests include employee attendance, work-family balance, and the influence of protective factors on health behaviors. She has presented her work at a number of international conferences and has published her findings in a variety of peer-reviewed journals. She is the former chairman and current member of Fairfax County Public Schools' School Health Advisory Committee. 


  • PhD, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, George Mason University, 2012
  • MPH, Epidemiology, George Mason University, 2010
  • MA, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, George Mason University, 2003
  • MA, Public Communication, The American University, 1991
  • BA, Psychology, The College of William and Mary, 1986