Kathryn P. Derose

UMass Amherst Professor of Community Health Education Kathryn Derose
306 Arnold House


B.A., Duke University; M.P.H., University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Area(s) of Specialization: 

community partnerships, health inequalities, immigrants, Latin America, mixed methods

Research Description: 

My research focuses on understanding and addressing health inequalities, and I have particular expertise regarding social determinants of health, faith-based organizations, community-based participatory research, immigrants' healthcare access, Latino populations, and Latin America. I use mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative) for intervention design and evaluation and have led multiple NIH-funded studies that developed and/or tested multi-level interventions to address health disparities, such as church-based efforts to reduce HIV-related stigma and promote HIV testing and prevent obesity. My experience working with faith-based organizations is broad and extends to other health conditions, including mental health, substance use, and veteran re-integration. Currently, I am testing a multi-component church- and park-based intervention to increase physical activity among Latinos. I also have extensive experience working with partners in Latin America to address food insecurity among people with HIV and am testing an integrated urban gardens and peer nutritional counseling intervention to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy in the Dominican Republic. I also examine immigrants' health care access and quality in the US, including literacy and language barriers to care and influences of the policy environment.

Publication List: 

PubMed Search Link

Key Publications: 

Derose KP, Han B, Park S, Williamson S, Cohen DA. The mediating role of perceived crime in gender and built environment associations with park use and park-based physical activity among park users in high poverty neighborhoods. Prev Med. 2019 Dec;129:105846.

Derose KP, Williams MV, Flórez KR, Griffin BA, Payán DD, Seelam R, Branch CA, Hawes-Dawson J, Mata MA, Whitley M, Wong EC. Eat, Pray, Move: A pilot cluster randomized controlled trial of a multi-level church-based intervention to address obesity among African Americans and Latinos. American J Health Promot 2019 May;33(4):586-596

Derose KP, Griffin BA, Kanouse DE, Bogart LM, Williams MV, Haas A, Flórez KR, Collins DO, Hawes-Dawson J, Mata M, Oden CW, Stucky B. Effects of a pilot church-based intervention to reduce HIV stigma and promote HIV testing among African Americans and Latinos. AIDS Behav 2016 Aug; 20(8):1692-705.

Derose KP, Gresenz CR, Ringel JS.  Understanding disparities in health care access – and reducing them – through a focus on public health. Health Aff (Millwood) 2011 Oct;30(10):1844-51.

Derose KP, Bahney BW, Lurie N, Escarce JJ.  Immigrants and healthcare access, quality and cost. Med Care Res Rev 2009; 66(4):355-408.