Staff: Catherine M. Pichardo, Ph.D.

Catherine M. Pichardo

Catherine M. Pichardo, Ph.D.

Current Fellow

Cancer Research Training Award Fellow
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Catherine M. Pichardo, Ph.D., is a Cancer Research Training Award fellow in the Office of the Associate Director (OAD) and the Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB) of the Behavioral Research Program.

Dr. Pichardo's research focuses on understanding the role of individual, interpersonal, and structural determinants of cancer-related disparities. Topics of interest include the influence of adverse environments on racial/ethnic minority health and health inequities.

Dr. Pichardo's primary area of expertise involves multilevel determinants of cardiometabolic health disparities using ecological and social approaches that consider contextual factors among racial/ethnic minorities. Within this topic, she has conducted studies of interpersonal racial/ethnic discrimination, neighborhood segregation, racism-related coping mechanisms, sleep, mental health, metabolic health, and cancer. Specifically, Dr. Pichardo wants to pursue research examining how multidimensional factors- at the neighborhood and individual level interact to influence mechanisms (i.e., lifestyle health behaviors), and metabolic functioning and physiologic biomarkers, and in turn produce inequities in cancer outcomes among racial/ethnic groups.

Dr. Pichardo earned a Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Community and Prevention Research from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Her predoctoral work was funded by an NCI T32 Cancer Education and Career Development Program training grant at UIC's Institute for Health Research and Policy. She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from St. John's University in Queens, New York.

Secondary Branch/Office Appointment:  Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB)

Current and/or past BRP mentors include Linda Nebeling and Tanya Agurs-Collins.

Selected Publications and Presentations

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