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.

Research Funding

  • September 26, 2014 - July 31, 2018 - Health literacy systems in the safety net: Lessons from complex care management, Co-Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NINR, Sponsor Award ID: R01NR015233
  • June 20, 2014 - May 31, 2016 - Addressing Oral Health Literacy among Mexican Immigrants, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NIDCR, Sponsor Award ID: R21DE024261
  • July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2014 - Communicating about Clinical Trials:Bringing the CIS to the Underserved, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: K07CA126999
  • September 26, 2014 - July 31, 2018 - Health literacy systems in the safety net: Lessons from complex care management, Co-Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NINR, Sponsor Award ID: R01NR015233

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. Joan A. Daniel, Jin E. Kim-Mozeleski, Krishna C. Poudel, Angela Sun, Nancy J. Burke, Janice Y. Tsoh Family Support and Readiness to Consider Smoking Cessation among Chinese and Vietnamese American Male Smokers.  View on PubMed
  2. Kenny JD, Tsoh JY, Nguyen BH, Le K, Burke NJ Keeping Each Other Accountable: Social Strategies for Smoking Cessation and Healthy Living in Vietnamese American Men.  View on PubMed
  3. Fleming MD, Shim JK, Yen I, Thompson-Lastad A, Burke NJ Patient Engagement, Chronic Illness, and the Subject of Health Care Reform.  View on PubMed
  4. Guan A, Kim-Mozeleski JE, Vyas P, Stewart SL, Gildengorin G, Burke NJ, Ma K, Pham AT, Tan J, Lu Q, McPhee SJ, Tsoh JY Neighborhood Ethnic Composition and Self-rated Health Among Chinese and Vietnamese American Immigrants.  View on PubMed
  5. Kenny JD, Karliner LS, Kerlikowske K, Kaplan CP, Fernandez-Lamothe A, Burke NJ Organization Communication Factors and Abnormal Mammogram Follow-up: a Qualitative Study Among Ethnically Diverse Women Across Three Healthcare Systems.  View on PubMed
  6. Vyas P, Tsoh JY, Gildengorin G, Stewart SL, Yu E, Guan A, Pham A, Burke NJ, McPhee SJ Disentangling individual and neighborhood differences in the intention to quit smoking in Asian American male smokers.  View on PubMed
  7. Dixit N, Burke N, Rodriguez G, Sarkar U, Cicerelli B, DeVore JD, Nápoles AM Knowledge and self-efficacy for caring for breast and colon cancer survivors among safety net primary care providers.  View on PubMed
  8. 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.  View on PubMed
  9. Nancy J. Burke Threshold: Emergency Responders on the US-Mexico Border. Ieva Jusionyte. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2018. 285 pp.  View on PubMed
  10. 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.  View on PubMed
  11. 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.  View on PubMed
  12. 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  View on PubMed
  13. Armin J, Burke NJ, Eichelberger L Negotiating Structural Vulnerability in Cancer Control: Contemporary Challenges for Applied Anthropology  View on PubMed
  14. Burke NJ Stuck in the Middle: Patient navigation and clinical trials recruitment in the safety net  View on PubMed
  15. Chia Thao, Nancy Burke, Sandie Ha, Andrea Joyce Pesticide Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Among Small-Scale Hmong Farmers in the San Joaquin Valley of California.  View on PubMed
  16. 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.  View on PubMed
  17. Fleming MD, Shim JK, Yen I, Van Natta M, Hanssmann C, Burke NJ Caring for "Super-utilizers": Neoliberal Social Assistance in the Safety-net.  View on PubMed
  18. 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.  View on PubMed
  19. 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.  View on PubMed
  20. 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.  View on PubMed

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