General Research InterestHealth disparities and chronic disease
Research DescriptionMy research focuses on the association between socioeconomic status and cardiovascular disease outcomes, such as heart failure, myocardial infarction and receipt of evidence-based therapies. In my role as assistant professor in the College of Public Health, I am pursuing research broadly focused on health disparities and chronic disease. I have considerable interest in co-occurring risk factors for cardiovascular disease and cancer, and am co-author on a manuscript in progress which presents the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors among cancer survivors in the FOCUS study. I am interested in extending this work to evaluate factors influencing the management of cardiovascular disease among cancer patients, as increasing cancer survivorship has important implications for CVD morbidity and mortality.
Transinstitutional WorkI am a junior faculty trainee in the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities (CPHHD) as well as the Appalachian Cancer Control Network (ACCN). I recently submitted an application for a study ancillary to several time-sensitive CPHHD projects to investigate the state of cardiovascular health among underserved populations across the United States. In addition, I am currently working with colleagues at Wake Forest University and the National Cancer Institute to characterize the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors among long-term cancer survivors. I plan to continue and extend these collaborations to explore the management of cardiovascular disease among newly diagnosed cancer patients.