Currently Funded Research Projects

Integration of Genomic & Social Science in Breast Cancer Disparities Research

Funded by the National Institutes of Health / National Cancer Institute (K07 CA212032)

The goal of this project is to assess whether measures of state-level inequalities (defined by race, gender, and/or socioeconomic status) are associated with known breast cancer risk factors and/or genetic markers associated with breast cancer risk. The results of this study will provide insight into social, behavioral, and genetic contributions to observed racial and socioeconomic disparities in breast cancer subtype.

Mixed Methods Analysis of Interdistrict School Transfer Program Participation and Student Health

Funded by the Washington University Institute for Public Health, Public Health Cubed award

Drawing from the education policy, school health, and racism and health literatures, the goals of this interdisciplinary, multi-investigator pilot project are to 1) generate a conceptual model of the mechanisms by which interdistrict school desegregation program participation may influence health among children and adolescents, and 2) develop hypotheses for future research.

Recently Completed Projects

Disparities of Health Literacy in the Context of Kidney Cancer and Smoking

Funded by the National Institutes of Health / National Cancer Institute (P20 CA192966-01A1 – pilot project)

Part of a larger feasibility study to build research collaborations between Siteman Cancer Center and Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University, this pilot project evaluated health literacy, kidney cancer risk factor knowledge, and thresholds for urological symptom bother in rural and urban populations.