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Kaimi Sinclair, PhD, MPH


Acting Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Dr. Sinclair's research focuses on eliminating cardiometabolic disparities of diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease through intervention and epidemiological research. She spent 10 years in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she earned her MPH and worked in the Office of Native American Diabetes Programs at the University of New Mexico. While there, Dr. Sinclair culturally tailored and evaluated interventions and educational materials for diverse tribal groups, and worked closely with the Indian Health Service National Diabetes Program and tribal governments on diabetes-related initiatives. She has also tailored a diabetes self-management intervention for African Americans and Latinos in Detroit, and for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Hawaii. Dr. Sinclair was recently awarded a K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award from National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases to examine the spatial patterning of diabetes risk factors, prevalence, and incidence in a multi ethnic cohort in Hawaii.


Contact Information
Center for Clinical and Epidemiological Research
Box 357236
1730 Minor Avenue, Suite 1760
Seattle, WA 98101
Tel: 206-616-5314
Fax: 206-543-3830
http://depts.washington.edu/uwccer/
kaimis@uw.edu


Research Interests
Dr. Ka`imi Sinclair earned her MPH from the University of New Mexico and PhD from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education. Her research focuses on eliminating cardiometabolic disparities of diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease through intervention and epidemiological research. Dr. Sinclair has worked with American Indians in the Southwest, African Americans and Latinos in Detroit, Michigan, and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Hawaii. Her intervention research has focused on developing and evaluating culturally adapted diabetes prevention and management interventions. Dr. Sinclair was recently awarded a K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award from National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases to examine the spatial patterning and distribution of diabetes risk factors, prevalence, and incidence in a multiethnic cohort in Hawaii. Recent trainings have included geographic information systems and multilevel modeling. Additional research interests include dissemination and implementation research, system dynamics and complex adaptive systems, and comparative effectiveness research.

Education
PhD, Health Behavior, University of Michigan, School of Public Health 2005
MPH, Family and Community Medicine, University of New Mexico 2001

Selected Publications
Sinclair K, Makahi E, Solatorio C, Yoshimura S, Townsend CKM, Kaholokula JK. 2012. Outcomes from a diabetes self-management intervention for Native Hawaiians and Pacific People: Partners in Care. (Online first/In Press: Annals of Behavioral Medicine).

Two Feathers JG, Kieffer EC, Palmisano G, Anderson M, Sinco B, Janz N, Spencer M, Guzman R, James, SA. The development, implementation and process evaluation of the REACH Detroit diabetes lifestyle intervention. Diabetes Educator. 2007;33(3):509-20.

Mau MK, Sinclair K, Saito EP, Baumhofer KN, Kaholokula JK. Cardiometabolic health disparities in Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. Epidemiologic Rev. 31(11),113-129. 2009

Sinclair K, Bogart A, Buchwald D, Henderson JA. The prevalence of metabolic syndrome associated risk factors in Northern Plains and Southwest American Indians. Diabetes Care. 34(1):118-120. 2011

Kaholokula JK, Townsend CKM, Ige A, Sinclair KA, Mau MK, Leake A, Palakiko DM, Yoshimura SR, Kekauoha P, & Hughes C. Socio-demographic, behavioral, and biological variables related to weight loss in Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. (In press: Obesity).

Two Feathers JG, Kieffer EC, Palmisano G, Anderson M, Sinco B, Janz N, Heisler M, Spencer M, Guzman R, Thompson J, Wisdom KD, James, SA. Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Detroit Partnership: Improving diabetes-related outcomes among African American and Latino adults. AJPH. 2005;95(9):1552-1560.

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