Sheryl Thorburn, Ph.D., MPH

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Dr. Thorburn has examined the influence of social, cultural, and healthcare factors on health behavior and healthcare utilization in diverse populations. Her current interests focus on discrimination in healthcare, its effects on the healthcare and health-related behavior of disadvantaged populations, and its contribution to disparities in health and healthcare.  She is currently Principal Investigator on an NCI-funded study designed to characterize the nature and role of stigma in the experience of survivorship, as well as identify modifiable factors that could lessen stigma’s negative impact, from the perspective of survivors of breast, prostate, and lung cancer living in rural areas. She has studied discrimination in healthcare with diverse populations, in different healthcare contexts, and using different methods. She conducts quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research.


Sheryl Thorburn is Professor and Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. She received her Ph.D. in Health Behavior and Health Education in 1993 from the School of Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she received her MPH in Behavioral Sciences in 1990 from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. She joined the OSU faculty in 2002.

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