Community and Disparities ResearchConnect

The Community and Disparities ResearchConnect directory will generate a multidisciplinary listing of faculty conducting research focusing on communities and/or health disparities. Use this directory to identify potential collaborators at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, our affiliate hospitals (University Hospitals and Cleveland Clinic) and the greater Case Western Reserve University community.

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  • Image of Amy Przeworski, PhD

    Amy Przeworski, PhD

    Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences

    Education

    • PhD, The Pennsylvania Sate University, 2006
    • MS, The Pennsylvania Sate University, 2002
    • BA, The Pennsylvania Sate University, 1997

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Maintenance and treatments of anxiety disorders across the lifespan
    • Anxiety in individuals of diverse backgrounds
    • Cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal factors
    • Family interactions in children with anxiety disorders
  • Profile of Anant Madabhushi, MS, PhD

    Anant Madabhushi, PhD

    F. Alex Nason Professor II of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case School of Engineering School of Medicine

    Education

    • Doctor of Philosophy, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
    • Master of Science, University of Texas, Austin
    • Bachelor of Engineering, Mumbai University, MGM College of Engineering

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Digital pathology
    • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
    • Cancer imaging
    • Breast cancer
    • Prostate cancer
    • Carotid plaque
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    Carol M. Musil, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA

    Dean of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and Marvin E. and Ruth Durr Denekas Professor of Nursing

    Education

    • Doctor of Philosophy Nursing, Case Western Reserve University
    • Master of Science in Nursing, Case Western Reserve University
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Cincinnati

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Health, stress, coping, and family Functioning of Grandmothers by caregiver status
    • Stress, mental and physical health of community dwelling older adults by caregiver status
    • Methodological issues
    • Self-management
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    Carolyn Harmon Still, PhD, MSM, AGPCNP-BC, CCRP

    Assistant Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

    Education

    • Doctor of Philosophy Nursing Science, Case Western Reserve University
    • Masters of Science in Management Healthcare, Case Western Reserve University
    • Master of Science in Nursing Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Florida A & M University
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Florida A & M University

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Health disparities in racial/ethnic minority populations
    • Self-management of chronic illness
    • Diversity in clinical trials of underrepresented groups
    • Cultural aspects of aging and quality of life
    • Cardiovascular disease and hypertension
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    Cheryl L. Thompson, PhD

    Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition, School of Medicine

    Education

    • Doctor of Philosophy Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology, Case Western Reserve University 2007
    • Master of Science Computer Science, Case Western Reserve University 2003
    • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Computer Engineering School: Case Western Reserve University 2000

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Cancer genetics and molecular epidemiology
    • Identification of factors influencing risk of cancer
    • Factors and biomarkers associated with prognosis and treatment outcomes
    • Racial ethnic differences in cancer biomarkers
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    Dana C. Crawford, PhD

    Associate Professor, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, School of Medicine

    Education

    • PhD, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Emory University, 2000
    • BS, Vanderbilt University, 1995

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Epidemiologic and clinical data in electronic health records
    • Genetics & genomics
    • Diversity in research design and cohort recruitment
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    Darcy A. Freedman, PhD

    Director, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health, School of Medicine

    Education

    • Ph.D. Community Research and Action, Vanderbilt University, 2008
    • Graduate Certificate Women’s and Gender Studies, Vanderbilt University, 2008
    • M.P.H., Behavioral Sciences, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, 2000
    • B.A., Zoology, Miami University, 1998

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Health disparities
    • Reduce chronic disease trends and inequities by promoting healthy community environments
    • Food access and the food environment
  • Image of David Cavallo, PhD

    David Cavallo, PhD, MPH, RDN

    Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition, School of Medicine

    Education

    • Doctor of Philosophy Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2012
    • Master of Public Health Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2008
    • Bachelor of Arts Economics, Boston University 1995

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Behavioral interventions
    • Social media use
    • Physical activity
    • Dietary behaviors
  • Image of Erika S. Trapl, PhD

    Erika S. Trapl, PhD

    Associate Professor, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, School of Medicine

    Education

    • Ph.D. Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, 2007

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Tobacco control and little cigars
    • Built environment and obesity
    • Food access and the food environment
    • Adolescent sexual behavior
    • Health behavior measurement and surveillance
    • Community-based Interventions
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    Eva Kahana, PhD

    Distinguished University Professor and Pierce T. and Elizabeth D. Robson Professor of the Humanities

    Education

    • Postdoctoral Fellow, Midwest Council for Social Research in Aging, 1968
    • Ph.D., Human Development, University of Chicago, 1967

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Quality of life for older adults
    • Health care relationships forged between patients, physicians and family caregivers
    • Elements of successful aging
    • Adaptation to fragility
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    Gary Deimling, PhD

    Professor; Co-Director, Graduate Program in Sociology; Director, Cancer Survivors Research Program

    Education

    • Ph.D., Sociology, Bowling Green State University, 1976
    • M.A., Sociology, Kent State University, 1973
    • B.A., Sociology, Kent State University, 1971

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Cancer/Cancer Survivorship
    • Mental health of older adults
    • Family caregivers/Alzheimer patients
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    Gregory Cooper, MD

    Professor, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine

    Education

    • MD, University of Pennsylvania, 1986
    • MA, University of Pennsylvania, 1982
    • BA, University of Pennsylvania, 1982

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Colorectal cancer screening and surveillance
    • Quality of care in digestive diseases
    • Cancer epidemiology and health services research
  • Image of Jill Barnholtz-Sloan

    Jill Barnholtz Sloan, PhD

    Professor and Associate Director for Data Sciences/Translational Informatics

    Education

    • Ph.D., 2000, Biostatistics, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health
    • M.S., 1995, Statistics, University of Texas at Austin
    • B.S., 1994, Mathematics, University of Florida

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Brain cancer
    • Biostatistics
    • Population genetics
    • Human genetics
  • Image of Karen Bolte Mulloy, DO, MSCH

    Karen Bolte Mulloy, DO, MSCH

    Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, School of Medicine, Associate Professor, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, School of Medicine

    Education

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Public health
    • Occupational illness
    • Toxic exposure
    • Reducing workplace injuries in low-wage/job-insecure employees
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    David Schwartz Photography

    Kishore Guda, DVM, PhD

    Associate Professor, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Education

    • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Population differences & biomarkers for GI cancers
    • Molecular genetics of Colorectal cancer in African Americans
    • Colon cancer disparities
  • Image of Kristine Marie Zanotti, MD

    Kristine M. Zanotti, MD

    Associate Professor, Department of Reproductive Biology, School of Medicine

    Education

    • Doctor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine
    • Bachelor of Science, University of Michigan

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Obesity and cancer disparities
    • Disparities in cancer survivorship care
  • Image of Marsha Michie, PhD

    Marsha Michie, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Department of Bioethics, School of Medicine

    Education

    • PhD, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2010
    • Ba, Agnes Scott College, 1990

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Bioethics
    • Research ethics/Informed consent
    • Genetics/Genomics
    • Prenatal testing technologies
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    Monica Webb Hooper, PhD

    Professor, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Education

    • PhD, University of South Florida, 2005
    • MA, University of South Florida, 2002
    • BS, University of Miami, 1999

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Tobacco use
    • Weight management
    • Culturally specific interventions
    • Stress
  • Image of Nora L. Nock, PhD

    Nora L. Nock, PhD, PE

    Associate Professor, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences

    Education

    • Ph.D., Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology
    • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • B.S., Civil Engineering

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Physical activity & exercise
    • Cancer survivorship
  • Image of Richard T. Lee, MD

    Richard T. Lee, MD

    Associate Professor, Department of Medicine Division of Hematology and Oncology, School of Medicine

    Education

    • MD, George Washington University School of Medicine And Health Sciences, 2001

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Integrative oncology
    • Gastrointestinal cancers
    • Natural products & drug development
    • Meditation
  • Image of Rosanna P. Watowicz, PhD, RDN, LD

    Rosanna P. Watowicz, PhD, RDN, LD

    Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition, School of Medicine

    Education

    • Doctor of Philosophy Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The Ohio State University 2016
    • Master of Science Clinical Dietetics, The Ohio State University 2010
    • Bachelor of Science Kinesiology and Health, Miami University 2008

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Pediatric obesity
    • Nutrition/diet
  • Image of Stanton L. Gerson, MD

    Stanton L. Gerson, MD

    Director, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Education

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Cancer
    • Cancer stem cells/DNA repair
    • Regenerative medicine
    • Aging
  • Image of Susan R. Mazanec, PhD, RN

    Susan R. Mazanec, PhD, RN

    Assistant Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

    Education

    • Doctor of Philosophy Nursing, Case Western Reserve University
    • Master of Science in Nursing Medical-Surgical Nursing, Case Western Reserve University
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, St. Mary’s College

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Cancer survivorship
    • Distress in cancer patients
    • Family caregivers of cancer patients
    • Health disparities
    • Cancer disparities
  • Image of Suzanne Rivera, PhD, MSW

    Suzanne Rivera, PhD, MSW

    Vice President for Research, Office of Research and Technology Management

    Education

    • PhD, Public Policy, University of Texas at Dallas, 2008
    • MSW, University of California-Berkeley, 1993
    • BA, Brown University, 1991

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Research ethics
    • Science policy
    • Social inequalities in clinical trials
    • Scientific integrity
  • Image of William S. Bush, PhD

    William S. Bush, PhD

    Associate Professor, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences

    Education

    • Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, 2008
    • M.S. Vanderbilt University, 2008

    Underserved Populations & Community Research

    • Understanding the functional impact of genetic variation
    • Statistical and bioinformatics approaches for integrating functional genomics knowledge into genetic analysis
    • Use of electronic medical records for translational research