Dr. Patel directs the Center for Behavioral Solutions to Healthcare Engagement and Access (CBSHC) at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Her 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 healthcare 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 healthcare 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 healthcare and healthcare delivery settings, and she has extensive experience working with large national datasets and clinical trial data.
- 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