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Salma Shariff-Marco

Salma Shariff-Marco, PhD, MPH, is currently a Cancer Prevention Fellow in the Health Services and Economics Branch of the Applied Research Program, where she is involved in two primary research endeavors. One project aims to further understand the contextual effects of social factors such as segregation, socioeconomic inequalities, and other environmental features on colorectal cancer screening. The second aims to develop a cross-culturally validated multi-dimensional measure of discrimination for use in the California Health Interview Survey using a mixed methods approach (i.e., using qualitative and quantitative methods together to inform the research questions).

Dr. Shariff-Marco holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University and a doctoral degree in social and behavioral sciences from Johns Hopkins University. Her dissertation work focused on the relationship between racism (self-reported racial/ethnic discrimination and race-based residential segregation) and behavioral cancer risk profiles. Prior to getting her doctorate, she worked at the American Cancer Society, Eastern Division in a variety of cancer control capacities including community outreach; early detection of breast, cervical and colorectal cancers; and nutrition and physical activity.

Dr. Shariff-Marco's research interests include social determinants in cancer health disparities, context for health behaviors, and measurement and methodological issues relevant to health disparities research in these areas. Her other areas of interest include health research issues relevant to Asian-American communities and population health survey research methodologies.

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29 Jan 2008
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