Kassandra I. Alcaraz, PhD, MPH
Director of Health Disparties Research, Behavioral Research Center
Kassandra I. Alcaraz, PhD, MPH is the director of health disparities research in the Behavioral Research Center at the American Cancer Society. Her research employs novel analytic methods and communication strategies to understand and help eliminate cancer-related disparities. Dr. Alcaraz conducts original research to better understand populations with a disproportionately high cancer burden in terms of their unique behavioral determinants, social and environmental contexts, and intervention needs and capacities. She uses this knowledge to inform the development and dissemination of targeted behavioral interventions that are more appropriate and effective for these populations. She also conducts research to develop and test the use of information and communication technologies to connect medically underserved populations to health information, preventive services, and evidence-based behavioral interventions.
Dr. Alcaraz obtained an MPH in biostatistics and epidemiology from the Saint Louis University School of Public Health and a PhD from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. She also completed a two-year predoctoral traineeship in Eliminating Health Disparities sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.
Dr. Alcaraz’s research has been funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, among other sources. Her work has been recognized for research excellence and innovation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the American Association for Cancer Research.
Alcaraz KI, Arnold LA, Eddens KS, Lai C, Rath S, Greer R, Kreuter MW. Exploring 2-1-1 service requests as potential markers for cancer control needs. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2012;43(6S5):S469-S474.
Kreuter MW, Eddens K, Alcaraz KI, Rath S, Lai C, Caito N, Greer R, Bridges N, Purnell JQ, Wells A, Fu Q, Walsh C, Eckstein E, Griffith J, Nelson A, Paine C, Aziz T, Roux AM. Use of cancer control referrals by 2-1-1 callers: A randomized trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2012;43(6S5):S425-S434.
Purnell JQ, Peppone LJ, Alcaraz K, McQueen A, Shacham E, Morrow GR. Perceived discrimination, psychological distress, and current smoking status: Results from the BRFSS Reactions to Race Module, 2004-2008. American Journal of Public Health 2012;102(5):844-851.
Alcaraz KI, Weaver NL, Andresen EM, Christopher K, Kreuter MW. The Neighborhood Voice: Evaluating a mobile research vehicle for recruiting African Americans to participate in cancer control studies. Evaluation & the Health Professions 2011;34(3):336-348.
Alcaraz KI, Kreuter MW, Bryan RP. Use of GIS to identify optimal settings for cancer prevention and control in African American communities. Preventive Medicine 2009;49:54-57.