Susan J. Shaw
Dr. Shaw is a medical anthropologist with expertise and research interests in health disparities, chronic disease, access to health care, health literacy, and medication adherence. She takes a mixed-methods approach to investigating the structural and contextual factors that produce health disparities and community responses to inequality. She is currently PI on the RxHL study (1R01HL120907), which investigates the relationships among health literacy, culturally-variable health and medication beliefs, and health insurance formulary changes on medication adherence among diverse low-income patients with chronic disease.
Dr. Shaw joined the faculty of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts in January 2017, to establish a new Center for Community Health Equity Research (CCHER) that will serve as a hub for community engagement and translational research. CCHER-affiliated researchers use community-based mixed-method research to understand health inequality and generate effective solutions for individuals and communities. We welcome interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers interested in chronic disease self-management, health literacy, mental health, and well-being in diverse, low-income communities.
- PhD University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2001