Dr. McDougall completed her research fellowship at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy in Seatlle, Washington.

Personal Statement

I have a broad background in cancer control with specific training and research experience in health economics and outcomes research, cancer disparities, and cancer epidemiology. As Principal Investigator of an American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant and a Research Support Pilot from the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center, I laid the groundwork for the proposed project by quantifying the prevalence of food insecurity among diverse cancer survivors in New Mexico. I am also the site Principal Investigator of an NIH-funded randomized comparative effectiveness trial testing the impact of a navigation-based intervention on the uptake of genetic counseling and testing among cancer survivors. In addition to overseeing the recruitment of cancer survivors in New Mexico to that trial and managing the research operations for the New Mexico site, I am leading the economic evaluation of the alternative strategies increasing uptake of genetic counseling and testing. This practical experience recruiting participants through the New Mexico Tumor Registry and the New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance and collecting data from both the general population of New Mexico cancer survivors and among traditionally underserved groups will facilitate the success of the proposed project. My current work draws on my training in health economics and outcomes research completed as a postdoc, in which I developed measures of financial hardship and learned how to conduct economic evaluations of healthcare interventions. As a graduate student, my research focused on cancer epidemiology and cancer disparities, including several large observational studies of cancer patients. I was a predoctoral fellow on a Cancer Epidemiology and Biostatistics T32 Training Grant at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, which provided a solid foundation in research design and methods and provided opportunities to work on several primary and secondary data analyses identifying participants from the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) population-based cancer registries.

Areas of Specialty

application of epidemiologic methods and economic evaluation to the investigation of socioeconomic disparities in access to genomic testing, medication adherence.
the design and evaluation of interventions designed to reduce disparities in access to care.




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