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Roberta GoldmanROBERTA GOLDMAN, PhD, MA, Professor (Clinical) Family Medicine, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Adjunct Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health

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Dr. Goldman is a cultural anthropologist specializing in the sub-discipline of medical anthropology, with particular expertise in qualitative methods of research and mixed-methods studies. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese, and has done research in the Portuguese Azores Islands, Peru, Mexico and Alaska, as well as among Latino, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, African American, West Indian and non-Hispanic White groups in the US. Her research interests include issues relevant to health and illness in the contexts of urban poverty, immigration and adjusting to life in the US. Her research has included an ethnographic study among Cape Verdean health center patients in Pawtucket and Central Falls; cancer prevention among Dominicans and Puerto Ricans in Rhode Island; perceptions of cholesterol, CVD risk and COPD risk among patients in Rhode Island and Boston; the transition to increasing use of electronic health record technology in the primary care setting; cancer prevention among construction laborers, diverse employees of small businesses, and residents of subsidized housing; use of interactive online technology to study menopause and disease prevention at mid-life among Latinas in Rhode Island; medication safety among older adults; physician-patient communication in second-opinion hematology-oncology consultations; social and cultural influences on perspectives of biospecimen donation for research; follow-up of abnormal mammogram results among Latinos and Haitians; the use of electronic health record alerts and automated voice-recognition software to enhance management of diabetes, pediatric obesity, laboratory monitoring, and management of hyperlipidemia and hypertension; sugary soft drink consumption among college freshman; and a study of social factors relating to substance use among Black and Latino youth in Providence, RI. She is increasingly involved in health services research, particularly evaluation of initiatives to transform medical practice using the Patient Centered Medical Home model. She directs the Evaluation Unit of the Brown Primary Care Transformation Initiative, housed in the Brown Department of Family Medicine.

In our residency, Dr. Goldman teaches physician-patient communication and cross-cultural health care, and directs the Program in Scholarly Development, including the PGY2 Scholarly Development rotation. At Alpert Medical School at Brown, she leads a half-day cultural immersion in Central Falls for family medicine clerkship students.  At the Harvard School of Public Health, she teaches the graduate course, “Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health Interventions.”

Curriculum Vitae
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Honors and Awards
Distinguished Research Paper Award, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, 2003
Marx Family Fellowship, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 2002
Faculty Partnership and Leadership Award, Brown University Swearer Center for Public Service, 1998

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Teaching Involvement
Director of the Program in Scholarly Development in the Brown family medicine residency.
Sociocultural Medicine Seminar Series in the family medicine residency: teaching about social, community and cultural issues in health, illness and health care delivery.
Social and Community Context program in the family medicine clerkship: a half-day community immersion experience in Central Falls, RI.

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North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG)
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)

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Funded Research

1R18HL093090-01A1 (Parker-PI) 07/01/09-06/30/14
Translating COPD Guidelines into Primary Care Practice
Co-I: Evaluation of the translation of the Gold (the Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) COPD guidelines into primary care practice. Dr. Goldman is conducting focus groups and responsible for qualitative data analysis and translation into use for tool development.

1R21CA152833-01A1 (PI-Diaz) 04/01/11-03/31/2013
Development of Tailored Intervention to Promote CRC Screening Among Latino Men
Colorectal cancer screening rates are low, especially among Latinos with limited English proficiency. "Positive deviants" or "successful peers" are those individuals in a community who practice a healthy behavior (e.g. colorectal cancer screening) when the majority do not. This project will use a "positive deviance" approach to create a culturally and linguistically appropriate innovative personalized video intervention to promote colorectal cancer screening among Spanish-speaking Latino men.

1D54HP20675-01-00 (PI-Borkan) 08/01/10-07/31/2015
Academic Administrative Unit Grant to Expand Leadership in Patient-Centered Medical Home Transformation
Co-I: The purpose of this grant is to significantly expand the Department of Family Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University as an Academic Administrative Unit by substantially building upon our current position as leaders in primary care practice transformation using the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model of care. Dr. Goldman is leading the Evaluation Unit for this PCMH transformation initiative.

1D58HP20805 (Anandarajah-PI) 09/01/10-06/30/15
Family Medicine Residency Training in Primary Care
Co-I: This project builds on the robust foundation of our long-standing, successful residency program, faculty expertise, and institutional support to train the next generation of family doctors to play key roles in addressing health disparities, increasing the primary care workforce and improving the overall health of our nation.

1D56HP20688-01-00 (Taylor-PI; Anthony-Co-I) 09/01/10-6/30/15
Pre-Doctoral Training in Primary Care
Co-I: The overall purpose of this grant is to train medical students at Alpert Medical School of Brown University to provide outstanding primary care for underserved populations. The project has three overarching goals: 1) to increase the number of m=graduation medical students who intend to practice primary care in underserved communities. 2) to prepare 100% of AMS graduates to care for underserved patients regardless of their specialty of choice, and 3) to comprehensively evaluate the impact of the first two goals.


1 R18 HS017150-01 (Lapane-PI) 10/01/07-09/30/10
Optimizing Medication History Value in Clinical Encounters with Elderly Patients
Co-I: This study uses triggers and training in a clinical trial in physicians' offices to enhance the use of electronic medication history at the point of e-prescribing to promote partnerships with patients and empower caregivers to participate in treatment decisions. Dr. Goldman is leading the qualitative components of the study, as well as contributing to development of intervention modules for physicians.

1 R18 HS016281-01 (Lapane-PI) 10/01/07-09/30/10
Tailored DVD to Improve Medication Management for Low Literate Elderly Patients
Co-I/PI on subcontract: Developing and testing interventions to improve the patient experience of care through health IT, improved shared decision making and patient-clinician communication, as well as self-management of chronic conditions. Dr. Goldman is leading the qualitative components of the study and intervention materials.

RI-DHHS (Goldman-Site PI) 10/01/07-09/30/09
Issues Contributing to Substance Abuse among Minority Youth in Providence, RI
PI for subcontract with the Center for Hispanic Policy and Advocacy (CHisPA): This qualitative study consists of focus groups with Latino and African American youth in Providence, RI, to explore the social, economic, cultural, and political issues that contribute to substance abuse.

1 R01 CA111310-01A1 (Sorensen-PI) 07/01/05-06/30/09
Determinants of Cancer Risk in Low-Income Housing
Co-I: This study assessed behavioral and environmental cancer risks among residents of low-income housing in the Boston area. Dr. Goldman was responsible for oversight of all qualitative research design, implementation, and data analysis as well as translation of qualitative findings for application to survey development.

1 R01 CA098486-01A1 (Lee-PI) 08/04/03-07/31/07
Enhancing Doctor-Patient Communication in Hematology/Oncology Consultations
Co-I: The study worked towards the overall goal of enhancing communication, improving patient understanding and decision-making, and facilitating psychosocial adaptation to life-threatening illness. Dr. Goldman led the qualitative component of the study involving in-depth patient interviews.

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1. Oliver-Smith A, Goldman R. Planning goals and urban realities: post-disaster reconstruction in a third world city. City & Society 1988;2(2).

2. Goldman R, Dubé C, Monroe A. A conceptual framework for the teaching of a culturally responsive approach in addressing alcohol and other drug problems in the primary care setting. Annals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education 1994;1(2):16.

3. Goldman R, Monroe A, Dubé C. Cultural self-awareness: a component of culturally responsive patient care. Annals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education 1996;3(1):37-46.

4. Beeker C, Kraft J, Goldman R. Community-based strategies to promote colorectal cancer screening in African Americans: Lessons learned from other health problems. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology 2001;19(3/4):113-132.

5. Goldman R. Communication across contextual fields: A framework for culturally responsive care. Annals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education 2002;8(1):55-56.

6. Sorensen G, Emmons K, Hunt MK, Barbeau E, Goldman R, Peterson K, Kuntz K, Stoddard A, Berkman L. Model for incorporating the social context in health behavior interventions: Applications for cancer prevention for working-class, multi-ethnic populations. Preventive Medicine 2003;37(3):188-197.

7. Goldman R, Hunt MK, Dacey-Allen J, Hauser S, Emmons K, Maeda M, Sorensen G. The Life History Interview Method: Applications to Intervention Development. Health Education and Behavior 2003;30(5);564-581.

8. Gans K, Kumanyika S, Lovell J, Risica P, Goldman R, et al. The development of SisterTalk: A cable-TV delivered weight control program for black women. Preventive Medicine 2003;37(6):654-667.

9. Hunt MK, Stoddard A, Barbeau E, Goldman R, Wallace L, Gutheil C, Sorensen G. Cancer prevention in working class, multiethnic populations through small businesses: The Healthy Directions Study. Cancer Causes and Control 2003;14(8):749-60.

10. Goldman R. Promoting a culturally engaged approach to maternal/child health care. Annals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education, 2003;9(2):101-105.

11. David S, Taylor J, Monroe A, Goldman R, et al. Evaluation of an educational intervention to promote competency in social and community determinants of health for medical students. Annals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education 2004;10:68-73.

12. Goldman R, Risica P. Perceptions of breast and cervical cancer risk and screening among Dominicans and Puerto Ricans in Rhode Island. Ethnicity and Disease 2004;14;32-42.

13. Borkan JM, Zarcadoolas C, Pleasant A, Goldman R, Thomas M, Bell J, Scott HD. The view from the trenches: Primary care practitioners' views of family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics. Medicine and Health/Rhode Island 2004;87:347-349.

14. Barbeau E, Goldman R, Roelofs C, Sorensen G. A New Channel for Health Promotion: Building Trades Unions. American Journal of Health Promotion 2005;19:297-303.

15. Goldman RG, Parker D, Eaton C, Borkan J, Cover R, Ahern D. Patients' perceptions of cholesterol and cardiovascular disease risk. Annals of Family Medicine 2006;4:205-212.

16. Goldman RG, Barbeau E, Hunt MK, Acevedo-Garcia D, Gagne J, Emmons K, Sorensen G. Perceptions of Health Promotion and Cancer Prevention among Working-Class Adults. Health Education and Behavior 2008;35(6):777-90. Epub 2006 Aug 30.

17. David SP, Eaton CB, Culpepper L, Goldman RE, Lavallee LK, Simmons EM. Building a successful research enterprise in family medicine: the Brown experience.

Med Health R I 2006 Aug;89(8):281-4.

18. Hunt MK, Barbeau E, Lederman R, Stoddard A, Chetkovitch C, Goldman R, Wallace L, Sorensen G. Process evaluation results from the Healthy Directions-Small Business Study. Health, Education and Behavior 2007;34:90-108.

19. Sorensen G, Barbeau E, Stoddard A, Hunt MK, Goldman R, Smith A, Brennan A. Tools for Health: The efficacy of a tailored intervention targeted for construction laborers. Cancer Causes and Control 2007;18:51-59.

20. Smith S, Goldman R, Dollase R. Assessing medical students in nontraditional competencies. Medical Teacher 2007 Sep;29(7):711-6.

21. Allen JD, Shelton R, Harden E, Goldman R. Follow-up of abnormal screening mammograms among low-income, ethnically diverse women: Findings from a qualitative study. Patient Education and Counseling 2008; 72(2):283-92.

22. Parker DR, Gramling R., Goldman RE, Eaton CB, Ahern D, Cover RT, M.A., Borkan J. Physicians' perceptions of barriers and facilitators regarding adoption of the National Cholesterol Education Program Guidelines. Preventive Cardiology 2008 Winter;11(1):29-35.

23. Goldman R, Sanchez-Hernandez M, Ross-Degnan D, Piette JD, Trinacty CM, Simon S. Developing an automated telephone diabetes intervention for health plan members. International Journal for Quality in Health Care 2008; 20(4):264-70.

24. Diaz JA, Roberts MB, Goldman RE, Weitzen S, Eaton CB. Effect of language on colorectal cancer screening among Latinos and non-Latinos. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention 2008;17(8):2169-73.

25. Parker D, Goldman, R, Eaton C. A Qualitative study of individuals at-risk or who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: What do they understand about their disease? Lung 2008 Sep-Oct;186(5):313-6. Epub 2008 May 8.

26. Goldman R, Kingdon C, Wasser J, Clark M, Goldberg R, Papandonatos G, Hawrot E, Koren G. Rhode Islanders' attitudes toward the development of a state-wide genetic biobank. Personalized Medicine 2008;5(4):339-359.

27. Borkan J, Culhane-Pera K, Goldman R. Integrating culture and ethnicity into a framework for quality healthcare: Towards culturally competent healthcare in culturally diverse Rhode Island. Medicine and Health Rhode Island, Special Issue on Anthropological Perspectives on Medicine 2008;91(12):361-364.

28. Eaton C, Parker D, Goldman R, Ahern D. Using eHealth to improve cholesterol management in primary care practice. The Journal of Medical Practice Management. 2009;24(4):224-230.

29. Goldman R, Sullivan A, Back A, Alexander S, Matsuyama R, Lee S. Patients' reflections on communication in the second-opinion hematology-oncology consultation. Patient Education and Counseling. 2009;76(1):44-50.

30. Shelton RC, Puleo E, Bennett GG, McNeill LH, Goldman R, Emmons KM. Racial Discrimination and Physical Activity among Low-income Housing Residents. In press, American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2009 Dec;37(6):541-5.PMID: 19944922

31. Goldman RE, Diaz JA, Ivone K. Perspectives of colorectal cancer risk and screening among Dominicans and Puerto Ricans: Stigma and misperceptions. Qualitative Health Research 2009;19(11):1559-1568.

32. Goldman RE, Soran CS, Hayward GL, Simon SR. Physicians' perceptions of laboratory monitoring in clinical practice. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2010 Dec;16(6):1136-1141.PMID: 21176004

33. Diaz J, Goldman R, Arellano N, Borkan J, Eaton C. Exploration of colorectal cancer risk perception among Latinos. J Immigr Minor Health. 2010 Jan 9 E-pub ahead of print. PMID: 20063065

34. Goldman RE, Dube C, Lapane KL. Beyond the basics: Refills by electronic prescribing, Int. J. Med. Inform. 2010 Jul;79(7):507-14.

35. Alexander SC, Sullivan AM, Back AL, Tulsky JA, Goldman RE, Block SD, Stewart SK, Wilson-Genderson M, Lee SJ. Information giving and receiving in hematological malignancy consultations. Psyhco-Oncology, 2011 Feb 4. doi: 10.1002/pon.1891. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 21294221.

36. Shield RR, Goldman RE, Anthony DA, Wang N, Doyle RJ, Borkan J. Gradual Electronic Health Record Implementation: New Insights on Physician and Patient Adaptation. Annals of Family Medicine 2010;8:316-326.

37. McDonald J, Goldman R, O'Brien A, Ayash C, Mitchell K, Marshall R, Simon S, Taveras E. Health Information Technology to Guide Pediatric Obesity Management. Clinical Pediatrics; 2011; 50: 543.

38. Nothnagle M, Goldman R, Quirk M, Reis S. Promoting Self-Directed Learning Skills in Residency: A Case Study in Program Development. Academic Medicine. 2010;85(12):1874-9.

39. Hume A, Quilliam B, Goldman RE, Eaton C, Lapane K. Alternatives to Potentially Inappropriate Medications For Use in e-Prescribing Software: Triggers and Treatment Algorithms. BMJ Quality & Safety, In Press 2011.

40. Diaz J, Goldman R, Arellano N, Borkan J, Eaton C. Brief Report: Exploration of colorectal cancer risk perceptions among Latinos. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2011 Feb;13(1):188-92.

41. Loberiza Jr FR, Swore-Flecther BA, Block SD, Back AL , Goldman RE, Tulsky JA, Lee SJ. Coping Styles, Health Status and Advance Care Planning in Patients with Hematologic Malignancies. Leukemia & Lymphoma, 2011 Dec;52(12):2342-8. Epub 2011 Aug 18. PMID:21851220

42. Eaton C, Parker D, Borkan J, McMurray J, Roberts M, Lu B, Goldman R, Ahern D.

Translating cholesterol guidelines into primary care practice: A multimodal clustered

randomized trial. Ann Fam Med, 2011;9:528-537.

43. Nothnagle M. Anandarajah G, Goldman R, Reis S. Struggling to be self-directed: Residents'

paradoxical beliefs about learning. Academic Medicine, 2011 Dec;86(12):1539-1544. PMID: 22030764

44. Shelton RC, Goldman RE, Emmons KM, Sorensen G, Allen JD. An investigation into the social context of low-income, urban Black and Latina women: implications for adherence to recommended health behaviors. Health Educ Behav. 2011 Oct;38(5):471-81. Epub 2011 Aug 19. PMID: 21856885

45. McDonald J, Goldman RE, O'Brien A, Ayash C, Mitchell K, Marshall R, Simon SR, Taveras EM. Health information technology to guide pediatric obesity management. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2011 Jun;50(6):543-9. PMID: 21565885

46. Goldman RE, Simon S. Treating hypertension and hyperlipidemia in an emerging accountable care organization: Understanding physicians' perspectives. International Journal of Person-Centered Medicine, 2012; 3(2):352-360.

47. Goldman RE, Quilliam B, Lapane K. Talking about medicines: Older adults' perceptions of communication with their physicians. International Journal of Person-Centered Medicine, Sept 2012;2(3):352-360.

48. Shelton RC, Goldman RE, Emmons KM, Sorensen G, Allen JD. An investigation into the social context of low-income, urban Black and Latina women: implications for adherence to recommended health behaviors. Health Educ Behav. 2011 Oct;38(5):471-81.

49. Doyle R, Wang N, Anthony D, Borkan J, Shield RR, Goldman RE. Computers in the examination room and the electronic health record: physicians' perceived impact on clinical encounters before and after full installation and implementation. Family Practice. Oct 2012;29(5):601-8. Epub 2012 Feb 29.

50. Quilliam B, Goldman RE, Lapane K. Medication management beliefs and practices of low income older adults from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds. International Journal of Person-Centered Medicine, In Press 2012.

51. Haines J, O'Brien A, McDonald J, Goldman RE, Evans-Schmidt M, Price S, King S, Sherry B, Taveras E. Television viewing and televisions in bedrooms: Perceptions of racial/ethnic minority parents of young children. J Child Fam Stud, In Press 2012.

52. Alexander SC, Sullivan AM, Back AL, Tulsky JA, Goldman RE, Block SD, Stewart SK, Wilson-Genderson M, Lee SJ. Psychooncology. 2012 Mar;21(3):297-306. E-Publication ahead of print, Feb 4, 2011.

53. Lapane K, Goldman RE, Quilliam B, Hume A, Eaton C, Zayas-Cabán T. Tailored DVDs: A novel strategy for educating racially and ethnically diverse older adults about their medicines. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 2012; Dec;81(12):852-60.

54. Diaz JA, Roberts MB, Clarke JG, Simmons EM, Goldman RE, Rakowski W. Colorectal Cancer Screening: Language is a Greater Barrier for Latino Men than Latino Women. J Immigr Minor Health. 2012 Jun 30. [Epub ahead of print]

55. Block JP, Gillman MW, Linakis SK, Goldman RE. "If it tastes good, I'm drinking it": Qualitative Study of Beverage Consumption among College Students. J Adolesc Health. In Press.

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