University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Nancy J. Burke, PhD

Nancy J. Burke, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

Research Summary

Dr. Burke is an affiliated Professor of Medical Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine. She is also a member of the Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center and Co-Director of the UC-Cuba Academic Initiative. In 2015 she became Chair of Public Health at the University of California, Merced. She has conducted research in Cuba and the U.S. on social and cultural processes associated with chronic disease management, clinical trials recruitment and participation, and disparities in cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship. Her research program addresses subjectivity, bioethics, and culture. Over the last eight years she has worked in partnership with the Pilipino Senior Resource Center on studies of Filipina breast cancer support disparities and peer navigation. She is currently principal investigator of a study of complex care management clinics in safety net hospitals.

Education

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, B.A., 1990
English Literature, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, M.A., 1995
Cultural Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, Ph.D., 2001, Ethnology

Honors & Awards

  • 1990
    Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
  • 1994
    Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Oregon
  • 1996-1999
    Latin American Institute Ph.D. Fellowship, University of New Mexico
  • 2001-2002
    Qualitative Data Analysis Consultant, SPORE (Special Projects of Research Excellence), University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • 2001-2002
    Qualitative Data Analysis Consultant, The Hope Heart Institute, Organ Donation/Transplantation Project
  • 2002
    Behavioral Sciences Committee G Member, Institutional Review Board for Research Concerning Human Subjects, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • 2003
    Latino Studies Research and Dissertation Award, Latin American Studies Association, Honorable Mention
  • 2003
    Fellow, NCI-funded Cancer, Culture, and Literacy Institute, Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Florida, January 4-9
  • 2004-present
    National Institutes of Health, Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program
  • 2005
    Advanced Training Institute on Health Behavior Theory, National Cancer Institute, Madison, Wisconsin, June 19-26
  • COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION
  • 1998-2000
    Member of the BOD, Latin American Association for Development, Albuquerque, NM
  • 2000
    Advisory Board Member, Communities Count Social and Health Indicators Initiative Data Collection Partnerships: Perspective from Under-Represented Groups, King County Public Health, Seattle, WA
  • 2000-2002
    Member of the BOD, Cambodian Women's Association, Seattle, WA
  • 2006-present
    Member, Filipino Community Cancer Collaborative
  • 2012
    Zero Breast Cancer Honor Thy Healer Community Researcher Award

Selected Publications

  1. Burke NJ, Phung K, Yu F, Wong C, Le K, Nguyen I, Nguyen L, Guan A, Nguyen TT, Tsoh JY. Unpacking the 'black box' of lay health worker processes in a US-based intervention. Health Promot Int. 2020 Feb 01; 35(1):173.
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  2. Lowenstein M, Vijayaraghavan M, Burke NJ, Karliner L, Wang S, Peters M, Lozano A, Kaplan CP. Real-world lung cancer screening decision-making: Barriers and facilitators. Lung Cancer. 2019 07; 133:32-37.
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  3. Nickell A, Stewart SL, Burke NJ, Guerra C, Cohen E, Lawlor C, Colen S, Cheng J, Joseph G. Engaging limited English proficient and ethnically diverse low-income women in health research: A randomized trial of a patient navigator intervention. Patient Educ Couns. 2019 07; 102(7):1313-1323.
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  4. Burke NJ, Armin J, Eichelberger L. Introduction: Framing Cancer and Structural Vulnerability. In Armin J, Burke NJ, and Eichelberger L, Eds. Negotiating Structural Vulnerability in Cancer Control: Contemporary Challenges for Applied Anthropology. 2019.
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  5. Armin J, Burke NJ, Eichelberger L. Negotiating Structural Vulnerability in Cancer Control: Contemporary Challenges for Applied Anthropology. 2019.
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  6. Stuck in the Middle: Patient navigation and clinical trials recruitment in the safety net. Armin J, Burke NJ, and Eichelberger L, Eds. Negotiating Structural Vulnerability in Cancer Control: Contemporary Challenges for Applied Anthropology. 2019.
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  7. Burke NJ, Phung K, Yu F, Wong C, Le K, Nguyen I, Nguyen L, Guan A, Nguyen TT, Tsoh JY. Unpacking the 'black box' of lay health worker processes in a US-based intervention. Health Promot Int. 2018 Dec 01.
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  8. Rubin S, Burke N, Van Natta M, Yen I, Shim JK. Like a Fish out of Water: Managing Chronic Pain in the Urban Safety Net. J Health Soc Behav. 2018 Dec; 59(4):486.
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  9. Fleming MD, Shim JK, Yen I, Van Natta M, Hanssmann C, Burke NJ. Caring for "Super-utilizers": Neoliberal Social Assistance in the Safety-net. Med Anthropol Q. 2019 06; 33(2):173-190.
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  10. Van Natta M, Burke NJ, Yen IH, Fleming MD, Hanssmann CL, Rasidjan MP, Shim JK. Stratified citizenship, stratified health: Examining latinx legal status in the U.S. healthcare safety net. Soc Sci Med. 2019 01; 220:49-55.
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  11. Rubin S, Burke N, Van Natta M, Yen I, Shim JK. Like a Fish out of Water: Managing Chronic Pain in the Urban Safety Net. J Health Soc Behav. 2018 12; 59(4):487-500.
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  12. Niharika Dixit, Nancy Burke, Gladys Rodriguez, Urmimala Sarkar, Judy Quan, Joana Devore, Barbara Cicerelli, Anna Napoles. PCPs knowledge and self-efficacy for caring for breast and colon cancer survivors. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2018 May 20; 36(15_suppl):10083-10083.
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  13. Van Natta M, Burke NJ, Yen IH, Rubin S, Fleming MD, Thompson-Lastad A, Shim JK. Complex care and contradictions of choice in the safety net. Sociol Health Illn. 2018 03; 40(3):538-551.
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  14. Chang CP, Barker JC, Hoeft KS, Guerra C, Chung LH, Burke NJ. Importance of Content and Format of Oral Health Instruction to Low-income Mexican Immigrant Parents: A Qualitative Study. Pediatr Dent. 2018 Jan 01; 40(1):30-36.
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  15. Ricardo Cisneros, Emanuel Alcala, Donald Schweizer, Nancy Burke. Smoke complaints caused by wildland fire in the southern Sierra Nevada region, California. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 2018 Jan 1; 27(10):677.
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  16. Napoles TM, Burke NJ, Shim JK, Davis E, Moskowitz D, Yen IH. Assessing Patient Activation among High-Need, High-Cost Patients in Urban Safety Net Care Settings. J Urban Health. 2017 Dec; 94(6):803-813.
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  17. Thompson-Lastad A, Yen IH, Fleming MD, Van Natta M, Rubin S, Shim JK, Burke NJ. Response to commentary, "Trauma and the structuring of complex care: Back to the settlements?" by Elizabeth Bowen. Soc Sci Med. 2017 11; 192:28-29.
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  18. Thompson-Lastad A, Yen IH, Fleming MD, Van Natta M, Rubin S, Shim JK, Burke NJ. Defining trauma in complex care management: Safety-net providers' perspectives on structural vulnerability and time. Soc Sci Med. 2017 08; 186:104-112.
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  19. Mao AY, Willard-Grace R, Dubbin L, Aronson L, Fernandez A, Burke NJ, Finch J, Davis E. Perspectives of low-income chronically ill patients on complex care management. Fam Syst Health. 2017 Dec; 35(4):399-408.
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  20. Fleming MD, Shim JK, Yen IH, Thompson-Lastad A, Rubin S, Van Natta M, Burke NJ. Patient engagement at the margins: Health care providers' assessments of engagement and the structural determinants of health in the safety-net. Soc Sci Med. 2017 06; 183:11-18.
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