Research/Areas of Interest: Our research has focused on addressing the social determinants of health which influence the receipt of health care services, which in turn lead to disparities in mortality. She has addressed a broad number of issues in the screening, diagnosis and treatment phases of health care. This has included looking at the role of patient beliefs and behaviors, physician attitudes and decision making, and the role of systems barriers, especially navigating the increasing complex health care system. Breast cancer has been a major focus, but the research has also addressed cervical and colon cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, exercise, depression, eating disorders and domestic violence. We are also interested in faculty development, especially the issues faced by women and underrepresented minority faculty.


  • MPH, Boston University, United States, 1989
  • MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, United States, 1983
  • AB, Harvard-Radcliffe College, United States, 1979