Sarah J. Gehlert, PhD, MSW, MA

Co-Chair, Prevention and Control Program, Siteman Cancer Center; the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity at the Brown School; and Professor, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine
Keywords:
breast cancer, disparities, poverty, racial & ethnic minorities, refugees & immigrants, community-engaged research & practice, qualitative methods, study recruitment, transdisciplinary & team science, women's health

Dr. Gehlert’s research and publications focus on social influences on health, especially the health of vulnerable populations.

Her most recent work focuses on the influences of neighborhood and community violence and unsafe housing on psychosocial functioning among African-American women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, with an eye toward how these factors “get under the skin” to affect gene expression and tumorigenesis. She has a special interest in the biology of women’s behavior.