Parisa Tehranifer, DrPH
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University Health Sciences
Director, DrPH Program, Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University Health Sciences

Parisa Tehranifar, DrPH has training and expertise in sociomedical sciences, cancer epidemiology and implementation science. Dr. Tehranifar's research program focuses on women's health and breast cancer and broadly addresses two inter-related areas: 1) investigating how social and healthcare factors shape cancer burden and disparities and 2) examining methods and strategies for reducing inequities in evidence-based cancer control interventions. One area of her work focuses on understanding the contribution of emerging knowledge and interventions as a source of health disparities, including several cancer surveillance analyses and an ongoing study that examines the role of breast density disclosure in relation to breast cancer screening disparities. Her research on midlife as a critical lifecourse stage for breast cancer risk includes several studies of breast cancer screening and determinants and distribution of breast density in ethnically diverse and predominantly immigrant populations. Dr. Tehranifar is also working on improving individualized and informed breast cancer screening and prevention, including integration of mammographic density in clinical risk assessment, and supporting informed decision making and reducing the overuse of breast cancer screening in older women. Dr. Tehranifar's current research is supported by grants from the National Cancer Institute and National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.