Susan J. Shaw

University of Massachusetts Amherst Associate Professor of Community Health Education Susan Shaw
Associate Professor
306 Arnold House

Area(s) of Specialization: 

health disparities, community-based research, health literacy, race/ethnicity, gender

Research Description: 

I take a mixed-methods approach to investigating the structural and contextual factors that produce health disparities and community responses to inequality. I am 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. My research interests include gender and sexuality, access to health care, chronic disease and the subjective experience of medication adherence.

Publication List: 

PubMed Search Link

Key Publications: 

S. Shaw. Governing How We Care: Contesting Community and Defining Difference in U.S. Public Health Programs. Temple University Press, 2012.

S. Shaw, J. Armin, C. Huebner Torres, K. Orzech, J. Vivian. 2012. Chronic Disease Self-Management and Health Literacy in Four Ethnic Groups. Invited paper for special health literacy supplement of Journal of Health Communication 17(S3): 67-81.

S. Shaw. 2010. The Logic of Identity and Resemblance in Culturally Appropriate Health Care. Health 14(5): 523-544.

S. Shaw, C. Huebner, J. Armin, K. Orzech, J. Vivian. 2009. The Role of Culture in Health Literacy and Chronic Disease Screening and Management. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 11 (6): 460-8.

S. Shaw. 2006. Public Citizens, Marginalized Communities: The Struggle for Syringe Exchange in Massachusetts. Medical Anthropology 25(1):31-64.