Whitney R. Robinson

PhD, MSPH, School of Public Health, UNC-Chapel Hill, Cancer Epidemiology

PhD, MSPH
Associate Professor, School of Public Health; Faculty Fellow, Carolina Population Center
UNC-Chapel Hill
Cancer Epidemiology

Area of interest

I am an epidemiologist who specializes in epidemiologic methods for health disparities research. My expertise includes the social determinants of racial/ethnic disparities in women’s health and health care, quantitative methods for population health research, and conducting research using EHR- and billing-based health systems data.

After training in cancer epidemiology and obesity epidemiology, I received postdoctoral training in the social determinants of health and health disparities through the RWJF Health & Society Scholars Program. I was awarded and completed a National Cancer Institute (NCI) K01 Career Development Award (CDA) to develop and implement methods to examine racial differences in breast cancer incidence. During my CDA training, I garnered expertise in the use of clinical and health services data for epidemiologic research through the NCI-funded Cancer Research Network (CRN) Scholars Program and the NC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (Cancer Health Disparities Pilot Grant) and fellowship funding.

I recently completed an R03 investigating clinical implications of the “obesity paradox” in renal cell carcinoma. I am currently the PI of an R01 to use health systems data to distinguish among the residential, institutional, cultural, and clinical factors that lead to high rates of hysterectomy among young Black women in North Carolina. My methodological expertise, long-standing focus on gender- and race-based health disparities, and my ongoing work on multilevel influences on women’s health and health care equip me to serve as a valuable member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Awards and Honors

  • Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation, Epidemiology Department, April 2018
  • Nominated by students and selected by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health as faculty “who has inspired students; enhanced student learning through creative, engaging and innovative teaching methods; and supported students’ academic success and professional development”
  • 2011 – Abstract Award, Diversity Tour, The Obesity Society annual meeting
  • 2007 – Delta Omega, the honorary public health society

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