Kathryn Derose, PhD, MPH
Kathryn Derose, PhD, MPH, is senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, professor of health policy at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and regular member of RAND’s Human Subjects Protection Committee. She also leads the RAND Social Determinants of Health Interest Group and the RAND Health Research Staff Advisory Council. Her research focuses on understanding and addressing health disparities. She has particular expertise regarding faith-based organizations and community-based participatory research. Derose has served as principal investigator of several NIH-funded studies that developed multi-component interventions to address health disparities, such as church-based efforts to reduce HIV-related stigma and promote HIV testing and to address obesity. Currently, she is developing an integrated urban gardens and peer nutritional counseling intervention to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy among people living with HIV in the Dominican Republic. Derose also examines Latino immigrants’ health care access and quality in the United States and park-based interventions to increase physical activity. Derose is bilingual (English-Spanish), having lived and worked in Latin America for six years before seeking graduate education in public health. She is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent career, and is a former Fulbright Scholar to Ecuador. Derose received her B.A. in comparative area studies, Latin America from Duke University and her Ph.D. in health services research and M.P.H. in population and family health from the University of California, Los Angeles.