Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS

Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Director, Equity Research and Innovation Center; Director, Center for Research Engagement; Core Faculty, National Clinician Scholars Program; Deputy Director of Health Equity Research and Workforce Development, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation; Director, Yale-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship

Research Departments & Organizations

Internal Medicine: General Internal Medicine: Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC); Yale TCC

School of Public Health: Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Obesity Research Working Group

Yale Cancer Center: Cancer Prevention and Control

Yale Institute for Global Health

Global Health Studies

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Interests

Caribbean Region; Chronic Disease; Global Health; Healthcare Disparities; Internal Medicine; Social Discrimination; Women's Health

Research Summary

  1. National Institutes of Health: Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network (ECHORN); Formation of a research collaborative across the Eastern Caribbean islands that will recruit and follow a community-dwelling adult cohort to examine chronic disease burden and to enhance health outcomes research and leadership capacity in the region. Role: PI.
  2. National Institutes of Health: Validating the Patient-reported Experiences of Discrimination in Care Tool (PreDict). This study advances preliminary work supported by YCCI and NIH to finalize and test an item bank, the Patient-Reported Experiences of Discrimination in Care Tool (PreDict), that can be used to assess the patient-centeredness of the care experience, to compare and report on hospital-level performance, and to ultimately improve the quality of care delivery within healthcare organizations. Role: PI.

Specialized Terms: Healthcare workforce diversity; Cancer disparities; Patient assessment of healthcare experiences; Healthcare system strengthening to address chronic disease in low and middle resource settings; Discrimination in health care systems; Role of race in professional experiences

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