Dr. Patel's research focuses on optimizing the management and prevention of common chronic diseases through a) identification of factors that influence poor behavioral and health outcomes at multiple levels of influence, and b) the development and evaluation of behavioral interventions in disparity populations to improve outcomes. A particular emphasis of her work is access to care, health care navigation, and health-related financial toxicity. Her current projects focus on these topics as well as provider training interventions to improve collaboration and communication in healthcare delivery, including the integration of electronic health records in the clinical encounter, and increasing patient engagement with care. 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. She is particularly interested in methods of intervention that utilize e-health and m-health technologies, and community engagement.
- 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