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Health Disparities Research Contacts in DCCPS

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Areas of Interest

Shobha Srinivasan
  • Social determinants of health
  • Policy and social justice
  • Health care access and utilization
  • Small populations
Tanya Agurs-Collins
  • Racial differences in biological and lifestyle factors that influence hormone-dependent cancers
  • Behavioral genetics, gene-environment interactions, and obesity risk
  • Diet and obesity risk in minority populations
David Berrigan
  • Acculturation and health behaviors
  • Built environment and physical activity
  • Understanding race/ethnic responses to survey questions
  • Measurement of physical activity
Kelly Blake
  • Communication inequality
  • Knowledge gaps
  • Social epidemiology
  • Social determinants of health
  • Social policy
Michele Bloch
  • Tobacco control and prevention for women and girls
  • Tobacco use in developing (low- and middle-income) nations, especially among women and girls
Nancy Breen
  • Social determinants of health and health care disparities
  • Cancer screening
  • Cancer control surveillance systems
Erica Breslau
  • Remedying health disparities in breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers
  • Dissemination of evidence-based cancer screening interventions
  • Health literacy
  • Social networks
  • System science
Charlisse Caga-Anan


  • Ethics and regulation of human research, genomics/genetics research, and clinical genetics/genomics practice
  • Genomic data sharing
  • Health law and bioethics
Veronica Chollette
  • Cancer screening
Wen-ying Sylvia Chou
  • Immigrant health (health and immigration reform)
  • Health and human rights
  • Mixed methods and systems approach
  • Health literacy
  • Global burden of disease
Kathy Cronin
  • Developing health objectives
  • Measuring health disparities
  • Monitoring health outcomes
Rao Divi (Mahesh)
  • Molecular analysis/phenotyping
  • Exposomic and metabolomic differences
  • Effect of exposures on epigenome
  • Infection and inflammation
Brenda Edwards
  • Surveillance research on measures of social and economic differences in cancer patterns (incidence, mortality, survival, outcomes)
Gary Ellison
  • Occupational and environmental risks for cancer
  • Social determinants of health
  • Epidemiology of prostate cancer
Eric “Rocky” Feuer
  • Impact of reducing health disparities on population incidence and mortality trends
  • Geographic health disparities
Elizabeth Ginexi
  • State and community tobacco control policy and media interventions
  • Community-based etiology and prevention research
  • System science methods applied to behavioral research
Bradford Hesse
  • Health communication
  • Public health informatics
  • Patient-centered support environments

Nadia Howlader

  • Breast cancer molecular subtypes.
  • Statistical analyses of population-based registry data for monitoring  national cancer burden.
  • Interpreting population-level cancer rates and trends with respect to risk factors.
Annette Kaufman
  • Youth and young adult tobacco use
  • Tobacco and health disparities
  • Risk perception and policy
Erin Kent

  • Social epidemiology
  • Cancer patient-reported outcomes
  • Mixed-methods research
  • Social support and care giving

Sarah Kobrin
(240) 276-6831

  • Decision making in clinical settings
  • Cancer screening behavior
  • Health behavior theory in applied research
  • HPV vaccine and testing behavior
Sue Krebs-Smith
  • Risk factor monitoring, with an emphasis on diet, weight, and physical activity

Gabriel Lai

  • Lifestyle factors (e.g., diet, obesity, diabetes, and energy metabolism) that affect cancer risk and etiology
  • Disparities in the US and other countries
  • Cohorts and consortia in cancer epidemiology

Tram Lam

  • Understudied populations (extending beyond minorities)
  • Gene-environment interactions
  • Knowledge integration and multi-level approaches on cancer epidemiologic research to accelerate discovery findings towards translational impact

Stephanie Land
(240) 276-6946

  • Tobacco use in American Indian/Alaska Native populations  

Pam Marcus

  • Cancer screening and epidemiology
  • Cancer risk in persons with chronic conditions
  • Operations and management of large, multicenter initiatives, including clinical trials
  • Lung cancer
Damali Martin
  • Disparities in cancer incidence and survival
  • Gene-environment interactions in breast and prostate cancer
  • Tumor biology microenvironment
Paige Green
  • Mechanisms and interactions of psychosocial and behavioral factors, neural and endocrine function, and immune system processes
Glen Morgan
  • Smoking cessation
  • Smoking and negative affect
  • Tobacco use etiology
Rick Moser
  • Methodology
  • Statistics
Wendy Nelson
  • Decision making
  • Decision support
  • Numeracy
  • Literacy
  • Risk perception
  • Ethics

Annie-Michelle Noone

  • Population-based statistics
  • Cancer incidence rates in small populations

April Oh

  • Social determinants of health
  • Obesity prevention
  • Contextual influences on health behaviors
  • Community health promotion
Mark Parascandola
  • Tobacco use among Alaska Natives
  • Smokeless tobacco use
  • International tobacco control
Frank Perna
  • Physical activity intervention design and selection of mediators
  • Exercise effects on fitness, physiological outcomes, and psychosocial outcomes
  • Physical activity and nutrition policies affecting schools and school-aged children
Irene Prabhu Das
  • Cancer screening and followup of abnormal screening results
  • Health literacy and patient-provider communication
  • Low-income (SES) groups, ethnic minority women
Britt Reid
  • Household air pollution from solid fuel combustion
  • Climate change and vulnerable populations
Ashley Wilder Smith
  • Health and lifestyle behaviors
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Adolescent and young adult cancer survivors
  • Quality of care and health services of young cancer survivors
Stephen Taplin
  • Cancer screening implementation through Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
  • Delivery and quality of breast cancer screening
  • Multilevel contextual influences on cancer care
  • Cancer care and primary care
Zaria Tatalovich
  • Geo-spatial modeling, analysis, and visualization
  • Environmental exposures
  • Built environment
  • Contextual environments
  • Disease patterns
Mukesh Verma
  • Genetic and epigenetic susceptibility differences between ethnic populations
  • Ethnic differences in HPV strain types/infection prevalence
  • Biomarkers of risk assessment in ethnic populations

Cindy Vinson

  • Dissemination and implementation in clinical and public health settings
  • Utilization of communities of practice for translation of research into practice
  • Cancer control planning, implementation, and evaluation, both domestically and internationally

Joanne Waters

  • Dietary and lifestyle risk factors related to cancer progression, recurrence, and survival outcomes

Gordon Willis

  • Questionnaire Design; Cross-Cultural Equivalence; Survey Translation Methods
Debbie Winn
  • Methods of cancer surveillance among indigenous populations
  • Ethnic and cultural differences in cancer risks
  • Geographic variations in cancer risks
Krista Zanetti
  • Biological determinants of health disparities
  • Genetic susceptibility to cancer risk
  • Disparities in cancer incidence and survival