Dr. Patel's research program focuses on the development and evaluation of behavioral interventions that focus on improving self-efficacy and navigation skills for individuals to access complex health care delivery systems, affordable healthcare, and management of chronic disease. Emphases of her work include health-related financial toxicity, team-based care, health and financial literacy, and populations with a long history of health disparities. She has led studies focused on improving health insurance literacy in economically disadvantaged communities, screening and addressing unmet social needs in clinical settings, and health care provider training in implementing guideline-based care. She also serves on the evaluation team of Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program. Dr. Patel's work is primarily situated in in a broad range of health care and health care delivery settings, and she has extensive experience working with large national datasets and clinical trial data. Dr. Patel’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Lung Association, and private foundations. She also directs the Center for Behavioral Solutions to Healthcare Engagement and Access (CBSHC).
- 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