Christine M. Daley, Ph.D., MA, SM

Associate Professor
Director, Center for American Indian Community Health


Douglass College, Rutgers University: BA Anthropology 
Arizona State University: MA Medical Anthropology
Harvard School of Public Health: SM Public Health/Social Epidemiology
University of Connecticut: Ph.D. Applied Medical Anthropology & Cervical Cytotechnology
University of Kansas Medical Center: Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Indian Health Disparities

Research Interests

Reducing health disparities in the American Indian/Alaska Native population; Cancer prevention and control; Medical anthropology; Intersection of qualitative and quantitative methodology 

Dr. Daley is a medical anthropologist with additional training in public health and a strong focus on applied research and community-based interventions. Her major areas of research focus on the reduction of health disparities in Native North America through primarily cancer control and prevention, cross-cultural communication in the health care setting and via technology, and the intersection of qualitative and quantitative ethnographic data collection and analyses. She has additional interests in health literacy, traditional medical beliefs surrounding cancer, disease in human evolution, and children with special needs. Currently, Dr. Daley is working on a culturally tailored smoking cessation program with the Haskell Health Center and the urban Native population in Kansas City. She is also conducting research on barriers to cancer screening in this population. Her most notable previous research was with the Fort Apache Indian community in Arizona, where she helped to bring the Well Woman Healthcheck Program, a program of mobile breast and cervical cancer screening. She has also worked with other Native communities in Arizona and the Northeast, with a particular focus on beliefs about cancer risk, cause, and treatment, both biomedical and traditional, as well as cross-cultural communication issues in health care.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Daley is currently teaching Qualitative Methods in Public Health and is designing a medical anthropology course for medical students. She has taught numerous courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in anthropology, public health, and women's studies and would like to continue curriculum development.

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Christine M. Daley, Ph.D., MA, SM
Associate Professor
Director, Center for American Indian Community Health

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