- Primary Discipline:
- Behavioral Science/Health Education/Health Promotion Faculty Web page
- cancer, chronic disease, decision making, disparities, dissemination & implementation research, health behavior, health communication, health literacy, mixed-method study, prevention, qualitative methods
Dr. Housten’s research is focused on supporting cancer screening and treatment decision-making to reduce health disparities and to address challenges associated with health literacy in diverse populations. Specifically, she is interested in the dissemination and implementation of decision support strategies to improve health behaviors and outcomes, particularly in populations that experience cancer-related health inequity. With a focus on how people evaluate and apply health information, her research uses qualitative and mixed-methods to identify challenges and opportunities to strengthen patient-provider engagement in decision-making across the cancer care continuum.