Dr. Patel's research has established her reputation as a scholar at the intersection of social determinants of health and chronic disease. Her research can be grouped into two interconnected themes: Financial burden and unmet social determinants of health as factors that influence poor health outcomes; interventions focused on removing access to care barriers, alleviating financial burden and unmet social needs, and supporting chronic disease management. She explores these themes in a wide range of chronic conditions including diabetes, cancer, respiratory diseases, and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Patel has a strong track record of stakeholder collaboration in large-scale intervention and evaluation projects and practice-based teaching, both with community- based, healthcare delivery, and health-serving organizations. Dr. Patel serves on the evaluation team of Michigan's expanded Medicaid program, co-directs the Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health Core of the Michigan Center for Diabetes and Translational Research, and is as an Associate Director of the National Clinicians Scholars Program at the University of Michigan. Dr. Patel served as an Emerging Leader in Health and Medicine through the National Academy of Medicine from 2018-2021.
- Ph.D., Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan
- M.P.H., Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan
- B.A., Psychology, University of California, San Diego