Faculty Research Interests

Social and Behavioral Science Affinity Group Faculty

Cancer screening; cancer survivorship

Community-based health promotion; evaluation

Qualitative research; HIV prevention and care; alternative delivery of behavioral health care; community health; alternative medicine; indigenous healing methods; nature and healing

Health behavior; underserved populations; health communication

Mental illness; addiction; education K-Adult


Biobehavioral research methods; community based participatory research; cancer health disparities; cancer survivorship in underserved populations

Community-based program evaluation

Applied, medical, and urban anthropology; cross-cultural nursing and cultural competence training; community organization; developing evaluation approaches that retain the fluidity needed in cross cultural community work, but adhere to accepted scientific standards

Implementation science; distance education and e-learning; health communication; instructional design; educational leadership; global program management and leadership

Native American mental health; community-based participatory research

Development and validation of patient-reported measures of symptoms, function, and quality of life; integration of patient-reported measures into clinical practice, decision making, and assessment of treatment outcomes

Environmental and social justice; advocacy; policy; community-based research

Womens' health, national and international STD/HIV/AIDS prevention, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV

Social epidemiology; health behavior; health policy; health service delivery; organizational behavior

Design and performance of health care systems; prevention; technology diffusion; program evaluation; survey research

Obesity; physical activity

Cancer prevention and control; chronic disease prevention; dissemination and implementation research; health promotion; workplace health promotion

Effectiveness of health behavior/health promotion interventions

Evaluation research; participatory research and evaluation; midwifery care; end-of-life care; medical anthropology; community-based public health

Health communication interventions using new media; decision making in cancer screening; mediators and moderators of behavior change; cancer prevention and control; obesity prevention; health literacy and health disparity; aging and social support

Health economics; mental health; risk adjustment; outcomes research.

Infectious disease ecology; emerging infections; health service location; comparative health systems

Tobacco cessation/behavior modification

Health behavior change; smoking cessation; motivational interventions

Effect of psychological interventions on distress, posttraumatic growth, nervous, endocrine, and immune system functioning among cancer patients and those at risk for cancer; psychological factors contributing to distress among women at risk for breast and ovarian cancer

Health communication; health promotion; theory development

Application of xylitol in public health settings related to caries and otitis; effectiveness of fluoride varnish applied by physicians during well child immunization visits; pharmacokinetics of short acting benzodiazepines; cognitive interventions in pediatric and adult dental fear

Assessment and interpretation of quality of life outcomes in cancer clinical trials; recruitment and adherence issues in clinical trial

Racial and ethnic health disparities; social determinants of health; Latino and immigrant populations; theory-based interventions; cancer prevention and control; community-based participatory research

Outcomes in health policy and treatment effectiveness; improving end-of-life care; health behavior and health promotion; disability policy; community intervention; resource allocation

Medical anthropology; International health; HIV/AIDS prevention

Tobacco control; women's health; international health

Medical anthropology; maternal and child health; community and participatory research

Racial disparities; cultural competency; immigrants/refugees; urban AI/AN; SDOH; medical interpreters

Health education

Maternal health literacy; Effectiveness of home-based health promotion services; Health empowerment

Tobacco-related behavior; racism as a stressor; social construction of 'race' vis-a-vis biological reductionism in health research and behavior; knowledge and opinions about organ donation among ethnic groups; program evaluation; popular culture

End-of-life issues; qualitative research; medical decision-making; clinician-patient communication

Pediatric asthma care; healthcare quality improvement

Technology assessment; medical decision making; economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals, particularly in the areas of respiratory disorders, organ transplantation, HIV/AIDS, mental health and clinical decision making

Community-based research; dietary change; cancer prevention; health disparities

Managed care costs and outcomes; occupational health; quality improvement; expenditure growth; economic outcomes of substance abuse treatment

Decision-making and quality of life in prostate cancer treatment; cancer screening; costs of health care interventions; evaluation of informed decision making strategies; comparative effectiveness using large databases; quality of life assessment among cancer survivors; decision modeling; assessment of health care costs