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MYA L. ROBERSON, MSPH, PHD

Social Epidemiologist
Health Services Researcher
Health Equity Champion

 

ABOUT ME

Hi I'm Mya Roberson, I am an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. In 2021, I completed my PhD in Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health where I was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar and a Truman Scholar (PA 2015). My research interests are in applying epidemiologic methods to health services research to promote health equity using big data. I am especially interested equity in cancer care delivery for Black people in the US South.


I have experience working in cancer registries, claims data, national healthcare databases and EHR along with expertise in health disparities, health equity and social epidemiology theory. On this site you will find my CV, science communication engagement, and a method of contact.

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EDUCATION

September 2016 - August 2021

PHD IN EPIDEMIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL

Dissertation Title: Evaluating Geographic Variation in Breast Cancer Surgical Outcomes Among Black Women in the US South

September 2016- May 2018

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PUBLIC HEALTH IN EPIDEMIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL

Thesis Title: Premenopausal Gynecologic Surgery and Survival among Black and White Women with Breast Cancer

September 2012- May 2016

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN PUBLIC HEALTH WITH HONORS, BROWN UNIVERSITY

Thesis Title: 
Understanding the Role of Patient-Provider Communication in Breast CancerScreening for Black Women in Birmingham, Alabama

 

SELECTED PEER REVIEWED RESEARCH ARTICLES

1. Roberson ML. (2022). Let's get critical: Bringing Critical Race Theory into Cancer Research. Nature Reviews Cancer. https://doi.org/10.1038/ s41568-022-00453-6

2. Roberson ML, Strassle PD, Fashehun L, Erim DO, Deune GE, Ogunleye AA. (2021). Financial Burden of Lymphedema Hospitalizations in the United States. JAMA Oncology. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.7891

3. Roberson ML, Nichols HB, Wheeler SB, Reeder-Hayes KE, Olshan AF, Baggett CD, & Robinson WR. (2021). Validity of breast cancer surgery treatment information in a state-based cancer registry. Cancer Causes & Control 2021, 1–9. https://doi.org/10.1007/S10552-021-01520-3

5Roberson ML, Nichols HB, Olshan AF, Troester MA, & Robinson WR (2020). Premenopausal gynecologic surgery and survival among black and white women with breast cancer. Cancer Causes and Control. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10552-019-01255-2

 
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ESSAYS AND COMMENTARIES

 
 

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • 2019    Aspen Ideas Scholar

  • 2019    American Society for Preventive Oncology New Investigators Workshop Participant

  • 2018    University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health Epidemiology Department H. Michael and Barbara Arrighi Endowed Scholarship

  • 2018    University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Lineberger Cancer Center Cancer Outcomes Research Program  Travel Award

  • 2018    AcademyHealth Diversity Network Scholar

  • 2018    AcademyHealth Health Disparities Student Essay Contest Winner

  • 2018    Passed Master’s Comprehensive Exam with Honors

  • 2017    American Association for Cancer Research Scholar-in-Training Travel Award

  • 2016    University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health Alumni Association Spirit of Giving Scholarship

  • 2016    University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health Miriam L. Cole Scholarship

  • 2016    University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health Class of 1958 and the Sandra Winn Green Scholarship

  • 2015    Ruth and William Silen, M.D, 2nd  place poster prize in Public Health, Epidemiology or Biostatistics Harvard Medical School

  • 2015    American Association for Cancer Research Thomas J. Bardos Science Education Award

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