University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Salma Shariff-Marco, PhD, MPH

Salma Shariff-Marco, PhD, MPH

Associate Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

Research Summary

My research focuses on understanding the role of social determinants of health in shaping and perpetuating cancer health disparities. One main area of focus is on place and health. I have participated as a Co-Investigator on several research projects evaluating how neighborhood characteristics (e.g., social, built, and physical environment attributes) and geographic variation may shape cancer-related health behaviors and outcomes across the cancer continuum. In addition, my research has included efforts to better characterize neighborhoods for population health studies (neighborhood archetypes, virtual audits with Google Street View). Our team is also working on multiple ways to enhance the neighborhood data for existing cohorts to better understand the role of neighborhoods in cancer outcomes, including asking participants about their neighborhoods and whether they utilize the resources as well as constructing residential histories to study impact of neighborhood change. My research has also focused on understanding how factors related to social status (race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and immigration) impact health disparities, particularly applying an intersectional lens. During my post-doc, I led a multidisciplinary team in the development of a discrimination measure for the California Health Interview Survey, where we applied a mixed methods approach to testing and validating the measure. Since then, I have continued to study self-reported experiences of discrimination (across a variety of domains, including medical discrimination) and its impact on health behaviors and outcomes, including quality of life among breast cancer survivors.

Education

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, B.A., 05/1996, Biological Basis of Behavior
Columbia University, New York, NY, M.P.H., 05/1998, Sociomedical Sciences
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, Ph.D., 05/2007, Social & Behavioral Sciences
National Cancer Institute, Rockville, MD, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 03/2010, Cancer Prevention


Professional Experience

  • 1997
    Health Research Training Program Scholar, Office of Cross-Cultural Affairs, New York City Department of Health, New York, NY
  • 1997
    Project Coordinator, Queens Breast Health Partnership, American Cancer Society-Queens Office, Forest Hills, NY
  • 1998 - 2000
    Director, South Asian Outreach Project/Open Society Institute Community Fellow, American Cancer Society-Queens Office, Forest Hills, NY
  • 1999 - 2000
    Director, Breast Health Programs, American Cancer Society-Queens Office, Rego Park, NY
  • 2000 - 2002
    Director, Colorectal Cancer & Nutrition/Physical Activity, American Cancer Society- Eastern Division (NY & NJ), New York, NY
  • 2003 - 2005
    Research Assistant, Department of Health Policy & Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
  • 2004 - 2005
    Teaching Assistant, Department of Health Policy & Management/Health, Behavior & Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
  • 2004 - 2006
    Research Assistant, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
  • 2006 - 2010
    Cancer Prevention Fellow, Applied Research Program, National Cancer Institute, Rockville, MD
  • 2010 - 2011
    Research Scientist [contractor], Office of the Director, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Rockville, MD
  • 2011
    Staff Scientist, Cancer Prevention Institute of California, Fremont, CA
  • 2011-present
    Research Scientist II, Cancer Prevention Institute of California, Fremont, CA
  • 2013
    Associate Member, Stanford Cancer Institute
  • 2013-2016
    Consulting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Health Research & Policy at Stanford University School of Medicine
  • 2014-present
    Member, Stanford Cancer Institute
  • 2017-present
    Co-Investigator, Greater Bay Area Cancer Registry
  • Beginning 2018
    Associate Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 1998-1999
    Community Fellowship Award, Open Society Institute
  • 2002-2006
    Pre-Doctoral Cancer Training Grant, NCI (awarded to Johns Hopkins University)
  • 2005-2006
    Health, Behavior and Society Departmental Dissertation Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • 2005-2006
    The Carol Eliasberg Martin Scholarship in Cancer Prevention, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • 2005-2006
    The John C. Hume Doctoral Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • 2008
    Director's Award for outstanding leadership in the development of novel methods for the evaluation of data collection instruments used across populations with multiple languages and cultures (group award), National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
  • 2009
    Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE), National Institutes of Health
  • 2009
    Cancer Prevention Research Training Merit Award, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
  • 2011
    Travel Award to NIH-supported Training Program in Advanced Spatial Analysis, MultilevelModeling workshop, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2012-2014
    Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program, National Institutes of Health
  • 2015-2017
    Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program (renewal), National Institutes of Health
  • 2016-2017
    Quick Start Training Program, California Breast Cancer Research Program