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Health Equity Researchers

Peruse, search, or filter our list of Health Equity Research Core Investigators—a group of faculty members, scientists, healthcare providers, and trainees who span many disciplines across the University of Rochester, as well as community leaders, and members of city government whose work is aligned with our mission.

If you would like to get involved in health equity research, please contact Jeanette Bohn at OHER@urmc.rochester.edu.

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Beau Abar Beau Abar, PhD, Associate Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Abar's research focuses on eliminating barriers to preventive care services by using the Emergency Department as an entry point to the health care system.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information) Cancer prevention Cancer screening
 
David Adler David Adler, MD, MPH, Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Adler focuses on health inequities in cancer screening among Emergency Department patients.Include, name and option to contact me directly cancer screening emergency medicine
 
Danielle Alcéna-Stiner Danielle C Alcéna-Stiner, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor
Preventing Gun Violence

Research Interest: Alcena-Stiners' research addresses health disparities related to infectious disease health literacy and implementing interventions informed by adolescent populations from communities that have been made vulnerable.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)
 
Jeffrey Alexis Jeffrey Alexis, MD, Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Alexis' research focuses on outcomes in heart failure patients, with a particular interest in patients with left ventricular assist devices (LVAD). Black patients are less likely to receive heart transplants and LVADs than white patients and Black LVAD patients have a higher rate of readmission than white LVAD patients. Alexis' team is studying the factors that contribute to this discrepancy, including examining social determinants of health.Include, name and option to contact me directly Outcomes Research Hospital Readmission Heart Failure
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Andrew Aligne Andrew Aligne, MD, MPH, Associate Professor
Preventing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Research Interest: Aligne uses upstream interventions to address equity gaps in social determinants of health, e.g., early literacy, evidence-based sexual education, access to healthy food and beverages, tobacco control, healthy home environments, overcrowding, and other risk factors for epidemic disease.Include, name and option to contact me directly Social determinants of health Prevention Evidence-based Implementation Early Literacy Reproductive health and justice Obesity prevention Violence prevention Pandemic prevention
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Amina Alio Amina P Alio, PhD, Associate Professor
Health and Incarceration/Preventing Re-Incarceration

Research Interest: Alio's work increases understanding and addresses structural violence towards Black persons in perinatal care. She also identifies the health effects of discrimination and stigma towards minoritized groups, as well as stigmatized conditions and/or behaviors (e.g., Black women, HIV/AIDS, sexual minorities).Include, name and option to contact me directly Maternal and Child Health Disparities Perinatal Health Disparities Racism and Maternal and Child Health Stigma and HIV/AIDS Stigma and sexual minorities Structural racism in maternal and infant care Global health equity
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Steven Barnett Steven Barnett, MD, Professor
Preventing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Research Interest: Barnett's health equity research focus is in partnership with the National Center for Deaf Health Research, which focuses on community-based participatory research with Deaf sign language users and people with hearing loss, distinct populations with different strengths and priorities.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)
 
Shubing Cai Shubing Cai, PhD, Associate Professor
Safe and Healthy Housing

Research Interest: Cai's research focuses on disparities resulting from the intersections between access, quality of care, and racial/ethnic, rural/urban, and socio-economic constructs.Include, name and option to contact me directly quality of care racial/ethnic disparities socio-economic disparities access to care older adults health policy
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Francisco Cartujano Francisco Cartujano, MD, Assistant Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Cartujano works on the development and implementation of culturally accommodated interventions for cancer prevention and control (e.g., tobacco control) among underserved and underrepresented populations (e.g., Black and Latino individuals).Include, name and option to contact me directly Latinos
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Catherine Cerulli Catherine Cerulli, JD, PhD, Professor
Preventing Gun Violence

Research Interest: Cerulli currently works on projects which include the community and health, including a human trafficking prevention project and a project related to pretext stops in which police officers stop motorists or pedestrians for minor offenses in order to conduct a speculative criminal investigation of more serious crimes.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)


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Stephen Cook Stephen Cook, MD, MPH, Associate Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Cook's research focuses on delivering behavioral and lifestyle interventions for children, teens, and families.Include, name and option to contact me directly obesity nutrition physical activity food insecurity children family mental health primary care Medicaid
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Deborah Cory-Slechta Deborah A Cory-Slechta, PhD, Professor
Safe and Healthy Housing

Research Interest: Cory-Slechta focuses on the impact of environmental chemical exposures on the brain. It is well documented that such exposures are greater in impoverished communities and in communities with higher rates of underrepresented populations.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information) toxicology air pollution brain


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John Cullen John P Cullen, PhD, Professor of Clinical
Preventing Gun Violence

Research Interest: Cullen is interested in addressing vaccine hesitancy in rural areas and among racial and ethnic groups with low vaccination rates. He also focuses on reducing racial disparities for victims of interpersonal violence by improving bruising documentation and protection order rates for victims of color.Include, name and option to contact me directly Vaccine Hesitancy Interpersonal Violence Policy LGBTQ populations
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Joyce Duckles Joyce M Duckles, PhD, Associate Professor
Preventing Gun Violence

Research Interest: Duckles builds research collaborations and partnerships within the Beechwood neighborhood. Her students assist her work with community members as co-researchers, co-implementers, co-authors, and co-activists. Her team's health equity research emerges from community concerns and activism and has spanned issues of food security, engaging older adults in health research, historical impacts of dislocation and urban renewal, and most recently, the creation of intergenerational safe spaces for our youth and families as they navigate violence in our community.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)
 
Alison Elder Alison Elder, PhD, Associate Professor
Safe and Healthy Housing

Research Interest: Elder is interested in the ways in which inequities may exist regarding the impact of air pollution on humans’ health.Include, name and option to contact me directly Air pollution exposures Toxicology Particulate air pollution Nanomaterials Microplastics Inhalation exposures Inhalation toxicology
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Isabel Fernandez Isabel D Fernandez, MD, MPH, PhD, Associate Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Fernandez's research interest is on nutritional epidemiology, specifically the effect of food intake on health across the life course. Diet-related health conditions are disproportionally distributed in the population and are the result of a complex system of social and structural determinants of health. She is also interested in health inequity as a human rights issue.Include, name and option to contact me directly epidemiology rural migrant workers dietary intake dietary intake assessment diet-related chronic conditions social determinants of health obesity pregnancy-related weight gain shopping behaviors
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Nikesha Gilmore Nikesha J Gilmore, PhD, Assistant Professor
Safe and Healthy Housing

Research Interest: Gilmore's lab research revolves around health equity and removing barriers to increase diversity.Include, name and option to contact me directly Older adults with Cancer Black Older Adults with Cancer Biomarkers and Health Equity Empowering Students Underrepresented in Research
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Chris Glantz Chris Glantz, MD, MPH, Professor
Preventing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Research Interest: Glantz has co-authored two published studies on equity relating to obstetrics (Hollenbach et al, 2021, and Marinescu et al, 2022). His primary role was to assist in use of the birth certificate database. He has also collaborated with the Healthy Baby Network in Rochester, NY on a PCORI-funded project as an obstetrics consultant.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information) Perinatal Outcomes Obstetrical Care Perinatal Epidemiology
 
Shirley Green Shirley JA Green, EdD,
Preventing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Research Interest: Green is interested in building a coalition of support and services for youth dealing with trauma and mental health, the prevention of gun violence, and a consistent approach to trauma informed care, restorative practice, and mediation.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)
 
Katherine Greenberg Katherine B Greenberg, MD, Associate Professor
Preventing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Research Interest: Greenberg is an adolescent medicine physician specializing in reproductive health and care for transgender and gender diverse youth. She also has institutional leadership roles in advancing equity and inclusion initiatives. Her areas of investigation include adolescent sexual and reproductive health, supporting transgender and gender diverse youth, and inclusive climate in academic medicine.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)
 
Susan Groth Susan W Groth, PhD, WHNP-BC, FAANP, Associate professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Groth has a research focus on both the biological and behavioral factors that affect pregnancy weight gain, weight retention, and longer-term post-pregnancy health in underrepresented populations. Groth has expanded her research to include pregnant people across racial/ethnic groups.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information) pregnancy weight retention cardiometabolic risk


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Jonathan Herington Jonathan Herington, PhD, Assistant Professor
Safe and Healthy Housing

Research Interest: Herington is a bioethics faculty member with interests in the philosophical foundations of health equity and justice. Specific research interests are in algorithmic fairness, the conceptualization of race and gender categories in research, and metrics of equity and justice in population health. He has also worked on the ethics of infectious disease, chronic disease (obesity), and clinical resource allocation.Include, name and option to contact me directly bioethics algorithmic ethics machine learning health justice philosophy of science concepts of race / gender population health ethics public health ethics ethics of policy
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Elaine Hill Elaine L Hill, PhD, Associate Professor
Safe and Healthy Housing

Research Interest: Hill's research focuses on health systems, communities, and policy environments that either exacerbate disparities or remediate and improve health gaps. Her research focuses on the impact of place, environment, and built environments, as well as policy environments that may create structural factors that cause disparities amongst populations. Future plans include measurement and transformation of structural racism in health systems with big data, collaborations with health systems, and policy makers.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)


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Stefanie Hollenbach Stefanie J Hollenbach, MD, MS, Assistant Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Hollenbach strives to leverage her unique perspective as both a biomedical engineer and a maternal fetal medicine physician towards application of novel analytic techniques to obstetric and community data. Her overarching goal is to contribute an improved understanding of the interrelation between socioeconomic structures and disparate obstetric outcomes.Include, name and option to contact me directly Obstetric and pregnancy-related health disparities
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John Horan John T Horan, MD, MPH, Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Horan focuses on developing safer, more effective, and more accessible forms of curative therapy for sickle cell anemia, and engaging patient stakeholders in this research.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)
 
Suzannah Iadarola Suzannah J Iadarola, PhD, Associate Professor
Preventing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Research Interest: Iadarola's research focuses on interventions to promote public health equity for individuals with disabilities and research and evaluation of programs promoting equity and inclusion for individuals with disabilities. She is also a site investigator as part of a national research network focused on equity in autism spectrum disorder.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information) Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities Autism Caregiver Stress Community-Partnered Research Implementation Peer Navigation
 
Ashley Jenkins Ashley M Jenkins, MD, Assistant Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Jenkins focuses on improving equitable health care access and delivery for people with childhood-onset conditions. With a particular focus on intersectional population health (e.g., Black person with sickle cell disease, or Latina with a developmental disability).Include, name and option to contact me directly sickle cell disease pediatric to adult healthcare transition hospital medicine care transitions community-based participatory research patient-engaged research addressing structural racism in healthcare
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Courtney Jones Courtney M Jones, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor
Preventing Gun Violence

Research Interest: Jones' interests are related to health equity in the emergency care setting, including the ambulance and emergency department. She is also interested in how implicit bias influences the quality of care patients receive in emergency room settings and how that influences disparate outcomes.Include, name and option to contact me directly Injury Opioids Emergency Ambulance Older Adults Geriatrics Neighborhood Violence Implicit bias
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Charles Kamen Charles S Kamen, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Kamen's research focuses on achieving cancer health equity for sexual and gender minority communities. He is the recipient of a large grant to investigate disparities in immunotherapy outcomes among Black and white cancer patients.Include, name and option to contact me directly sexual and gender minority cancer psychological distress caregivers behavioral interventions
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Marc Lavender Marc S Lavender, MD, Assistant Professor
Preventing Gun Violence

Research Interest: Lavender is a physician and educator of medical students and residents, particularly interested in creating curricula that gets learners thinking about their role as members of the larger Rochester community and how that role relates directly to the health of patients and families.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)
 
Natalie Leblanc Natalie M Leblanc, PhD, MPH, RN, BSN, Assistant Professor
Health and Incarceration/Preventing Re-Incarceration

Research Interest: Leblanc approaches research through multiple lenses, including holistic, womanism/humanism, post-positivist/modernist, asset-based, decolonizing and Pan-Africanism. Her research focuses primarily on sexual health promotion, including HIV prevention, care, and treatment across non-heteronormative, couples, and Black populations. She also investigates health provider and system-level sexual health promotion including couple-centered and increasingly family-based approaches.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)
 
Yue Li Yue Li, PhD, Professor
Safe and Healthy Housing

Research Interest: Li's research focuses on Medicare and Medicaid policies, and non-health care policies that may improve health care quality, safety, outcomes, and costs, as well as reduce policy-related racial and ethnic disparities.Include, name and option to contact me directly Medicare policies state policies older adults secondary data analyses health services research quality of care long-term care home- and community-based services nursing home care
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Molly McNulty Molly McNulty, JD, assistant professor of public health law
Health and Incarceration/Preventing Re-Incarceration

Research Interest: McNulty studies the impact of public health insurance policy choices on access to care. She also teaches undergraduate and graduate students about the impact of racism and sexism on the delivery of health care.Include, name and option to contact me directly law policy discrimination measures gender access insurance Medicaid racism
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Erica Miller Erica O Miller, MD, Assistant Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Miller's focus is health equity education research, using health analytics literacy to assess disparities and evaluate quality improvement work with an equity focus.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)
 
Andrea Milne Wenderlich Andrea Milne Wenderlich, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor
Preventing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Research Interest: Milne Wenderlich is a pediatrician focused on children and adolescents. Her previous research has focused on telemedicine, ADHD, and mental health disorders.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)
 
Supriya Mohile Supriya Mohile, MD, MS, Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Mohile is interested in disparities related to health care delivery and outcomes for older patients with cancer, including older patients who are vulnerable to adverse outcomes due to social determinants of health. She also mentors early-career researchers who identify as being from underrepresented groups. She is also an active mentor in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program and leads the Cancer and Aging Research Group, whose national goals are to address health equity for older patients with cancer.Include, name and option to contact me directly older adults with cancer
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Diane Morse Diane S Morse, MD, Associate Professor
Health and Incarceration/Preventing Re-Incarceration

Research Interest: Morse studies health services among medically underserved populations, mostly women who are involved in criminal/legal system. Because of disproportionate arrest and incarceration of people of color and those who are impoverished, there is significant overlap with individual and structural racism. She uses community based participatory research qualitative and quantitative strategies.Include, name and option to contact me directly Women Incarceration and Health Self Determination Theory Trauma Intimate Partner Violence HIV
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Melissa Mroz Melissa A Mroz, MD, Associate Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Mroz is a primary care physician and educator of medical residents. She is interested in projects that help to deliver equitable care to the community and also promote and support residents, students, and medical staff from underrepresented groups.Include, name and option to contact me directly Primary Care Internal Medicine Medical Education Obesity Food Insecurity
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Corey Nichols-Hadeed Corey A Nichols-Hadeed, JD, Associate
Preventing Gun Violence

Research Interest: Nichols-Hadeed's research explores the impact of policy, law, and research on health outcomes, with a focus on violence prevention across the lifespan.Include, name and option to contact me directly violence prevention
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Deborah Ossip Deborah J Ossip, PhD, Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Ossip has conducted two NIH-funded trials in the Dominican Republic and one NIH-funded training grant in multiple Latin American/Caribbean countries. She is interested in "baking" health equity research into existing studies, with regard to planning, recruitment, tailoring, and analyses. She has served on the CTSA Program's DEIA Task Force and currently directs the UR CTSI TL1 Population Health Postdoctoral Fellowship program which implemented a holistic review process in recent years to incorporate equity into decision making.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)
 
Clare Park Clare Park, DO, Assistant Professor of Medicine
Safe and Healthy Housing

Research Interest: Park focuses on building infrastructure to support mentorship in pathway programs, like the Bridge Mentorship Hub for students who are underrepresented in medicine and interested in health careers. Additionally, she focuses on improving health equity through exploration of initiatives like medical-legal partnership and hospital-at-home.Include, name and option to contact me directly Mentorship Hospital at home Medical legal partnership Health systems
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Ellen Poleshuck Ellen Poleshuck, PhD, Professor
Preventing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Research Interest: Poleshuck's research focuses on efforts to improve equity among women with unmet mental health and social needs. She is particularly interested in interventions and services research to prevent and treat mental health conditions in perinatal people.Include, name and option to contact me directly depression trauma social determinants of health women prevention behavioral intervention equity poverty integrated care
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Maria Quiñones-Cordero Maria M Quiñones-Cordero, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
Preventing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Research Interest: Quiñones-Cordero focuses on improving Latino mental health care access and delivery via cultural adaptations of evidence-based interventions, as well as Latino community engagement in adaptation work to ensure representation in and reflection of the Latino culture in the development and delivery of interventions. She is broadly interested in identifying culturally informed intervention targets and mechanisms for Latinos' mental and cognitive health treatment.Include, name and option to contact me directly Latino Mental Health Cultural Adaptation of Interventions Latino Caregivers Cognitive Aging
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Rajeev Ramchandran Rajeev S Ramchandran, MD, MBA, Associate Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Ramchandran researches how best to develop and deploy interventions and strategies to create an equitable population health system for eye care that reaches people before they become eye care patients. His methodologies include dissemination and implementation science, health outcomes research, and systems-based and community-based participatory research.Include, name and option to contact me directly Vision Health Eye Health Dissemination & Implementation Community Based Participatory Research Population Health Telemedicine Mobile Digital Technology Health Outcomes Research Diabetic Retinopathy
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Cynthia Rand Cynthia M Rand, MD, MPH, Professor
Preventing Gun Violence

Research Interest: Rand's research focuses on immunization delivery work for adolescents and pregnant people. She also supervises fellows in health equity research, with a focus on gun violence reduction, increasing physical activity, anxiety screening and management, and early intervention referral.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information) immunization adolescent pregnancy HPV COVID influenza Tdap vaccination
 
Benjamin Ricciardi Benjamin F Ricciardi, MD, Assistant Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Ricciardi is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement surgery. His interests in health equity include understanding the reasons behind the known differences in outcomes and utilization of joint replacement across different races, ethnicities, and geographies. He is also interested in using shared decision making to better improve patients' understanding and satisfaction in their decisions regarding elective surgery.Include, name and option to contact me directly shared decision making Joint replacement surgery osteoarthritis Outcomes inequality in joint replacement surgery Surgical outcomes research disparities in elective surgery utilization
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Katherine Rieth Katherine K.S. Rieth, MD, MPH, MA, Assistant Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Rieth is interested in improving disparities along the spectrum of cancer care, from diagnosis to survivorship. She is also interested in both racial/ethnic and geographic (rural) disparities.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)
 
Katherine Rizzone Katherine H Rizzone, MD, MPH, Associate Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Rizzone has two primary foci: 1) increasing physical activity in populations historically known to have lower physical activity rates and 2) improved management of non-operative osteoarthritis care, which has a number of associated health disparities.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)
 
Brett Robbins Brett W Robbins, MD, Professor
Health and Incarceration/Preventing Re-Incarceration

Research Interest: Robbins is interested in promoting interventions to recruit and retain residents and faculty from groups that have historically been underrepresented in medicine.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information) Graduate Medical Education Residency Fellowship Quality Improvement Health Care Disparities
 
Jacques Robert Jacques Robert, PhD, Professor
Preventing Gun Violence

Research Interest: Robert's research interest is to learn how to improve clinicians' understanding of potential issues related to health equity, to be better equipped to build an environment that is inclusive, welcoming, and equitable for everyone. He has an interest in bringing inclusive environments to aspects of education and mentoring at all levels.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)


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Gretchen Roman Gretchen A Roman, PT, DPT, PhD, Assistant Professor
Preventing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Research Interest: Roman focuses on the critical nature of maintaining and improving the occupational health of interpreters to address the communication barriers that have resulted in inequities for linguistic minority populations.Include, name and option to contact me directly occupational health well-being sign language interpreting health protection and promotion remote work implementation behavior COVID-19
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Lainie Ross Lainie F Ross, MD, PhD, Professor
Safe and Healthy Housing

Research Interest: Ross examines disparities to improve health equity in pediatric research, both in research participation and more specifically in pediatric genetics. She has also worked on disparities and improving health equity issues in the field of organ transplantation.Include, name and option to contact me directly newborn screening living donor kidney transplantation deceased donor organ allocation race and ethnicity in research genomic sequencing atypical diabetes research ethics
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Mechelle Sanders Mechelle R Sanders, PhD, Assistant Proffesor
Preventing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Research Interest: Sanders is a health services researcher with a focus on health equity and implementation science in primary care. Her current research examines the feasibility and acceptability of training peer-health coaches to improve shared decision making among primary care patients with low health literacy that are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)
 
Edward Schwarz Edward Schwarz, PhD, Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Schwarz engages in pipeline programs to recruit students from the Rochester City School District into the University of Rochester as students and/or employees. He is actively involved in clinical research with underrepresented groups via the Center for Human Athleticism Musculoskeletal Performance and injury Prevention (CHAMPP).Include, name and option to contact me directly Orthopaedics Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Fitness Science
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Daniel Sheehan Daniel W Sheehan, PhD, MD, Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Sheehan's research focuses on ensuring equity in the delivery of exemplary interprofessional health care to address social determinants of health. Specifically, health care that serves patients and communities by building on their desires for wellness (e.g., sickle cell disease, asthma). He is also interested in community-based research that builds on community resources and strengths to create sustainable change.Include, name and option to contact me directly Sickle Cell Disease Asthma
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Arielle Sheftall Arielle H Sheftall, PhD, Associate Professor
Preventing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Research Interest: Sheftall's research focuses on understanding the risks and protective factors associated with Black youth suicidal behavior.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)
 
Caroline Silva Caroline Silva, PhD, Assistant Professor
Preventing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Research Interest: Silva's previous research has examined interpersonal risk factors for suicide using the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide. In particular, she has studied the role of two forms of social disconnection - thwarted belongingness and perceived burdensomeness - in suicide risk among high-risk populations, including sexual minorities, military service members, and clinical outpatients. Her current program of research focuses on integrating the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide with cultural determinants of health to inform the development and evaluation of suicide prevention interventions for at-risk Hispanics, particularly primary Spanish-speaking adults.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information) suicide prevention Hispanic/Latino adults Spanish-speakers
 
Elaine Smolock Elaine M Smolock, PhD, Senior Associate Faculty
Preventing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Research Interest: Smolock leads research education programs intended to increase diversity in biomedical research. Her students have interests that involve diversity, equity, and inclusion at the intersection of science and community. Her goal is to provide diverse students with opportunities to conduct meaningful and impactful research.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)
 
Silvia Sörensen Silvia Sörensen, PhD, Associate Professor
Preventing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Research Interest: Sorensen's research focuses on older adults, individuals with visual impairments, caregivers of adults with dementia, and more recently, adults of all ages with exposure to structural inequities. Her work involves psycho-educational interventions, conducted both as clinical trials as well as less formal evaluation processes. Her current work is with the City of Rochester and its Finger Lakes Public Health AmeriCorps program, as well as Maria Quiñones on “engaging older Latino caregivers in design of a cultural adaptation clinical trial." Future work includes working as an investigator on a project to replicate Quiñones' process with a group of Latino older adults with vision loss.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)


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Tina Sosa Tina K Sosa, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor
Preventing Gun Violence

Research Interest: Sosa participates in the Disparities Leadership Program through Massachusetts General Hospital, where she and her colleagues learned how to incorporate health equity into all pillars of the Golisano Children's (GCH) Hospital strategic plan. As associate chief quality officer for GCH, Sosa seeks to incorporate a health equity focus and rigorous metrics of evaluation into all improvement initiatives at the University of Rochester Medical Center.Include, name and option to contact me directly Quality Improvement Patient Safety Gun Violence Prevention
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Laura Stamm Laura E Stamm, PhD, Assistant Professor
Preventing Gun Violence

Research Interest: Stamm is broadly interested in LGBTQ+ health, and her current research projects focus on gender-affirming care. She is also interested in community-based participatory research.Include, name and option to contact me directly LGBTQ+ Health Community-Based Participatory Research Antiracist Healthcare and Policy
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Karen Stein Karen F. Stein, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Stein's research focuses on eating behaviors and weight concerns of Western New York farmworkers and their families. Her initial work, supported by an National Institute of Nursing Research R21 grant, focused on the exploration and measurement of unhealthy eating and weight control behaviors of adult women from the farmworker community. Subsequently, she has received funding from the Mother Cabrini Foundation to develop a deeper understanding of the cultural traditions, values, and environmental conditions that influence eating behaviors of farmworker families. Her team is currently working to develop a healthy eating intervention deliverable by smartphone for this population.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)
 
Jessica Stern Jessica Stern, MD, Assistant Professor
Safe and Healthy Housing

Research Interest: Stern's goal is to use implementation science methodology to improve health equity and outcomes in people with allergic disease. She is currently using community outreach and implementation science to improve outcomes in asthma care. She is chiefly concerned with barriers and facilitators to evaluation and treatment of patients with allergic disease.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)
 
Helena Temkin-Greener Helena Temkin-Greener, PhD, MS, Professor
Safe and Healthy Housing

Research Interest: Temkin-Greener's work examines differences and disparities in health services and care quality.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)
 
Caroline Thirukumaran Caroline P. Thirukumaran, MBBS, MHA, PhD, Assistant Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Thirukumaran focuses on the influence of orthopedic health policies on the post-operative outcomes of orthopedic surgeries and disparities in those outcomes.Include, name and option to contact me directly Health policy Clinical outcomes Health disparities
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Judy Thompson Judy L. Thompson, PhD, Assistant Professor
Preventing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Research Interest: Thompson addresses risk factors and mechanisms of psychosis, which includes investigating associations of factors such as the experience of racial discrimination, economic hardship, and community violence with the expression of specific psychotic symptoms and response to treatment. Her goal is to inform prevention and intervention efforts, targeting disabling psychotic symptoms.Include, name and option to contact me directly psychosis
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Loralei Thornburg Loralei l Thornburg, MD, Professor
Preventing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Research Interest: Thornburg is interested in advocating for women’s health, pregnancy health, and integration of abortion and conception access into the medical center, instead of carved out as “stand alone.” Often women’s health is thought of as an “extra” and not integrated into other aspects of medicine (for example, people with heart disease being counseled on contraception), resulting in poor outcomes.Include, name and option to contact me directly pregnancy reproductive health pregnancy complications
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Paul Tremblay Paul J Tremblay, RN, Nurse Lead
Safe and Healthy Housing

Research Interest: Tremblay focuses on gaps in care and disparities in well-being/health outcomes through the development and testing of interventions for pediatric asthma, with broader application to chronic illness. He is also interested in real-world, actionable implementation of research evaluated evidence shown to potentially address health inequities. Tremblay fosters engagement and informs meaningful equity work using human-centered design, design thinking, and community-based participatory research.Include, name and option to contact me directly pediatric asthma school health services nursing implementation chronic illness service integration systems
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Kim Van Orden Kim A Van Orden, PhD, Associate Professor
Preventing Gun Violence

Research Interest: Van Orden's research focuses on suicide prevention and mental health promotion for older adults. Her lab studies interventions to promote social connection to improve quality of life and mental health. Social connectedness is a key social determinant of health across the lifespan that, despite its impact on health, does not have clear evidence-based interventions. Her team is studying whether intergenerational mentoring improves the health and well-being of both older adults and young people, including the prevention of gun violence in young people and the prevention of suicide in older adults.Include, name and option to contact me directly Ageism Violence prevention Social connection Suicide prevention
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Jennifer Vermilion Jennifer Vermilion, MD, Assistant Professor
Preventing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Research Interest: Vermilion is interested in understanding the epidemiology of tic disorders such as Tourette syndrome in underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. She is also interested in understanding how to effectively recruit and retain subjects in human subject research for pediatric movement disorders, such as Tourette syndrome.Include, name and option to contact me directly Pediatric Neurology Tourette syndrome Tic disorder Movement Disorders Anxiety
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Tanya Wallace-Farquharson Tanya N Wallace-Farquharson, PhD, RN, Departmental Fellow
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Wallace-Farquharson's work focuses on: 1) advancing equity in pulmonary care and management among urban-dwelling children and adolescents with sickle cell and concomitant asthma, and 2) design and testing of multiprong interventions that work at the individual, system, and structural level to reduce inequities in asthma risk and access to health care services, such as asthma screening.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information) health literacy sickle cell disease and concomitant asthma
 
Jennifer West Jennifer C West, PhD, Associate Professor
Preventing Gun Violence

Research Interest: West describes herself as an emerging health researcher, interested in reducing injury and death due to firearms, which disproportionately impact members of historically marginalized groups (Black, Latino, Native American, LGBTQI+, individuals with mental illness). Recently, her work has focused on educating providers to ask about firearm ownership and address safe storage.Include, name and option to contact me directly firearm injury prevention violence prevention standardized patient methodology
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Marsha Wittink Marsha Wittink, MD, MBE, Associate Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Wittink's clinical work and research focuses on people with severe mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. She is also interested in populations with housing insecurity and cognitive disabilities.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)


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Jamie Wooldridge Jamie L Wooldridge, MD, Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Wooldridge is a pediatric pulmonologist with an interest in asthma, who sees the impact of health inequity, which results in more Emergency Department visits and admissions for children of color. Her scholarly work is to change the system so that the child with asthma living in historically marginalized areas of the city receives the care they deserve. Her hope is that in creating change for these patients, the changes will spread to children in these areas without asthma.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)
 
Ying Xue Ying Xue, DNSc, RN, Associate Professor
Health and Incarceration/Preventing Re-Incarceration

Research Interest: Xue addresses the impact of the health care workforce on health care and health disparities.Include, name only (to remove direct contact information)
 
Jeffrey Yaeger Jeffrey P Yaeger, MD, MPH, Associate Professor
Safe and Healthy Housing

Research Interest: Yaeger is interested in the intersection of child health equity and clinical decision making for children. He is also interested in population-based analyses to identify, develop, evaluate, and implement interventions to reduce disparities. Additionally, Yaeger is interested in developing novel diagnostic tools to improve care in settings with fewer resources.Include, name and option to contact me directly Child health decision-making Population health decision support tools mixed methods multi-level modeling community-engaged
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Reza Yousefi Nooraie Reza Yousefi Nooraie, MSc, PhD, Assistant Professor
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Yousefi Nooraie studies social support, social networks, and community resources for marginalized populations. Yousefi Nooraie is also interested in the processes of engaging patients in decision making.Include, name and option to contact me directly social networks social support patient engagement
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Chen Zhang Chen Zhang, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor
Preventing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Research Interest: Zhang works on reducing health inequity in the HIV care continuum and improving sexual wellness among underrepresented groups.Include, name and option to contact me directly HIV care continuum Pre-exposure prophylaxes implementation racial/minority women telehealth artificial intelligence facilitated technology in healthcare structural racism
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Christine Zizzi Christine E Zizzi, MPA, Associate
Preventing and Managing Chronic Illness

Research Interest: Zizzi is interested in: 1) improving representation in clinical trials, with a particular focus in neurology; 2) preventative neurology community initiatives targeted at reducing stroke and Alzheimer's Disease in historically marginalized communities; and 3) evaluating disparities and potential solutions within neuromuscular disorders. She also leads a team participating in the Institute for health care Improvement's Pursuing Equity Learning Network. Her prior experience includes community-engagement activities at the intersection of housing and health, where she utilized NYC health resources to improve access to affordable housing.Include, name and option to contact me directly Community engagement Brain health Preventative neurology Health policy Global health equity Neurodisparities
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