Positions

Selected Publications

Academic Article

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2019 Healthy lifestyle discussions between healthcare providers and older cancer survivors: Data from 12 cancer centers in the Southeastern United States. 2019
2019 Lay navigation across the cancer continuum for older cancer survivors: Equally beneficial for Black and White survivors? 2019
2019 High health care costs in minority groups of older US Medicare beneficiaries with epilepsy 2019
2019 Unmet social support needs among older adults with cancer 2019
2019 Impact of Guideline-Discordant Treatment on Cost and Health Care Utilization in Older Adults with Early-Stage Breast Cancer 2019
2018 Trends and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccination 2018
2018 Concordance with NCCN treatment guidelines: Relations with health care utilization, cost, and mortality in breast cancer patients with secondary metastasis 2018
2018 Costs of cancer along the care continuum: What we can expect based on recent literature 2018
2018 Choosing Wisely at the End of Life: Use of Shorter Courses of Palliative Radiation Therapy for Bone Metastasis 2018
2018 A weight loss intervention delivered by peer coaches in primary care: Rationale and study design of the PROMISE trial 2018
2018 Impact of nonconcordance with NCCN guidelines on resource utilization, cost, and mortality in de novo metastatic breast cancer 2018
2018 Where are the opportunities for reducing health care spending within alternative payment models? 2018
2018 Racial/ethnic disparities in de novo metastases sites and survival outcomes for patients with primary breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer 2018
2018 Improving shared decision-making in chronic lymphocytic leukemia through multidisciplinary education 2018
2018 Participation and interest in support services among family caregivers of older adults with cancer 2018
2018 Risk of pharmacokinetic interactions between antiepileptic and other drugs in older persons and factors associated with risk 2018
2018 Developing a toolkit to measure implementation of concurrent palliative care in rural community cancer centers 2018
2018 Most impactful factors on the health-related quality of life of a geriatric population with cancer 2018
2018 Radiation therapy utilization in Medicare beneficiaries with early-stage breast cancer 2018
2018 A Prospective Study of Obesity, Metabolic Health, and Cancer Mortality 2018
2018 Healthcare Providers' Recommendations for Physical Activity among US Arthritis Population: A Cross-Sectional Analysis by Race/Ethnicity. 2018
2018 Healthcare utilization, Medicare spending, and sources of patient distress identified during implementation of a lay navigation program for older patients with breast cancer 2018
2018 Lay patient navigators’ perspectives of barriers, facilitators and training needs in initiating advance care planning conversations with older patients with cancer 2018
2018 Mediating effects of cancer risk factors on the association between race and cancer incidence: analysis of the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study 2018
2018 Physical Activity Maintenance Following Home-Based, Individually Tailored Print Interventions for African American Women 2018
2018 Pre-diagnostic biomarkers of metabolic dysregulation and cancer mortality 2018
2017 Metabolic dysregulation and cancer mortality in a national cohort of blacks and whites 2017
2017 The value of social network analysis for evaluating academic-community partnerships and collaborations for social determinants of health research 2017
2017 Values and worries of ovarian cancer patients 2017
2017 Cancer-related risk factors and incidence of major cancers by race, gender and region; analysis of the NIH-AARP diet and health study 2017
2017 Availability of healthcare resources and epithelial ovarian cancer stage of diagnosis and mortality among Blacks and Whites 2017
2017 The self-care practices of family caregivers of persons with poor prognosis cancer: differences by varying levels of caregiver well-being and preparedness 2017
2017 A dance intervention for cancer survivors and their partners (RHYTHM) 2017
2017 Resource use and medicare costs during lay navigation for geriatric patients with cancer 2017
2017 Quality Indicator for Epilepsy Treatment 15 (QUIET-15): Intervening after recurrent seizures in the elderly 2017
2017 Implementation and Impact of Patient Lay Navigator-Led Advance Care Planning Conversations 2017
2017 What does the U.S. Medicare administrative claims database tell us about initial antiepileptic drug treatment for older adults with new-onset epilepsy? 2017
2017 Out-of-pocket costs and burden among rural breast cancer survivors 2017
2017 Adherence to antiepileptic drugs among diverse older Americans on Part D Medicare 2017
2017 Choosing wisely: Opportunities for improving value in cancer care delivery? 2017
2017 Quality of Antiepileptic Treatment Among Older Medicare Beneficiaries With Epilepsy: A Retrospective Claims Data Analysis 2017
2016 Chronic condition clusters and functional impairment in older cancer survivors: a population-based study 2016
2016 A prospective study of dietary patterns and cancer mortality among Blacks and Whites in the REGARDS cohort 2016
2016 Adherence to the Choosing Wisely Campaign Recommendations for Radiation Treatment Duration in Breast Cancer: Analysis of Medicare Data at 12 Centers in the Southeastern United States. 2016
2016 Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy in Breast Cancer: Analysis of Medicare Data at 12 Institutions. 2016
2016 Disparities in the prevalence of comorbidities among US adults by state Medicaid expansion status 2016
2016 Treatment summaries and follow-up care instructions for cancer survivors: Improving survivor self-efficacy and health care utilization 2016
2016 The patient care connect program: Transforming health care through lay navigation 2016
2016 Are long-term cancer survivors and physicians discussing health promotion and healthy behaviors? 2016
2016 Availability of Healthcare Resources and Colorectal Cancer Outcomes Among Non-Hispanic White and Non-Hispanic Black Adults 2016
2016 Guiding lay navigation in geriatric patients with cancer using a distress assessment tool 2016
2016 Variation in resources needed to implement psychosocial support interventions for rural breast cancer survivors 2016
2016 Blood pressure measurement biases in clinical settings, Alabama, 2010-2011 2016
2015 Socioeconomic status and incidence of breast cancer by hormone receptor subtype 2015
2015 Mammography screening among the elderly: A research challenge 2015
2015 How much do cancer-related symptoms contribute 2015
2015 Health-related quality of life in lung cancer survivors: Latent class and latent transition analysis 2015
2015 Economic hardship of minority and non-minority cancer survivors 1 year after diagnosis: Another long-term effect of cancer? 2015
2015 Adherence to Appointments for Comprehensive Primary Care of HIV Patients With Substance Use Disorders 2015
2015 Economic hardship of minority and non-minority cancer survivors 1 year after diagnosis: Another long-term effect of cancer? 2015
2015 In response: Research using archival health care data: Let the buyer beware 2015
2015 Is self-referral associated with higher quality care? 2015
2015 Unresolved Pain Interference among Colorectal Cancer Survivors: Implications for Patient Care and Outcomes 2015
2014 Guiding lay navigation using the distress thermometer. 2014
2014 Dealing with the financial burden of cancer: perspectives of older breast cancer survivors 2014
2014 The role of social support in posttreatment surveillance among african american survivors of colorectal cancer 2014
2014 Meeting the information needs of lower income cancer survivors: Results of a randomized control trial evaluating the American cancer society's "i can cope" 2014
2014 Socioeconomic disparities in breast cancer treatment among older women 2014
2014 Dealing with the financial burden of cancer: perspectives of older breast cancer survivors 2014
2014 Making the case for Medicaid funding of smoking cessation treatment programs: An application to State-Level health care savings 2014
2014 Psychiatric and neurologic risk factors for incident cases of new-onset epilepsy in older adults: Data from U.S. Medicare beneficiaries 2014
2014 Surveillance instructions and knowledge among African American colorectal cancer survivors 2014
2014 What do cancer patients worry about when making decisions about treatment? Variation across racial/ethnic groups 2014
2013 Disparities in use of gynecologic oncologists for women with ovarian cancer in the United States 2013
2013 Gender differences in colon cancer treatment 2013
2013 Mammography utilization among Black and White Medicare beneficiaries in high breast cancer mortality US counties. 2013
2013 United states counties with low black male mortality rates 2013
2012 Geographic variation of epilepsy for older Americans: How close to the geographic variation of stroke? 2012
2012 Developing effective cancer pain education programs 2012
2012 Diagnostic tests and neurology care for medicare beneficiaries with seizures: Differences across racial groups 2012
2012 Web-based smoking cessation intervention that transitions from inpatient to outpatient: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial 2012
2012 Does economic burden influence quality of life in breast cancer survivors? 2012
2012 Incidence and prevalence of epilepsy among older US Medicare beneficiaries 2012
2012 'Too much trouble for what I get out of it': Acceptability of cancer screening tests among low-income rural men and women in the Deep South 2012
2011 Racial variation in willingness to trade financial resources for life-prolonging cancer treatment 2011
2011 Medication adherence among rural, low-income hypertensive adults: A randomized trial of a multimedia community-based intervention 2011
2011 Out of pocket cost comparison between Caucasian and minority breast cancer survivors in the Breast Cancer Education Intervention (BCEI) 2011
2011 Culturally appropriate storytelling to improve blood pressure a randomized trial 2011
2011 Recruitment of low income, predominantly minority cancer survivors to a randomized trial of the I Can Cope cancer education program 2011
2011 Tailoring cancer education and support programs for low-income, Primarily African American Cancer Survivors 2011
2011 Urban/rural patterns in receipt of treatment for non-small cell lung cancer among black and white medicare beneficiaries, 2000-2003 2011
2010 Breast cancer screening interventions in selected counties across US regions 2010
2010 Cost-effectiveness of multifaceted evidence implementation programs for the prevention of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis 2010
2010 Medication assistance programs: Do all in need benefit equally? 2010
2010 Taking less than prescribed: Medication nonadherence and provider-patient relationships in lower-income, rural minority adults with hypertension 2010
2010 Presence of medical schools may contribute to reducing breast cancer mortality and disparities 2010
2010 An application of longitudinal analysis with skewed outcomes 2010
2010 The out of pocket cost of breast cancer survivors: A review 2010
2010 Substance abuse treatment in an urban HIV clinic: Who enrolls and what are the benefits? 2010
2010 Less-than-standard treatment in rectal cancer patients: Which patients are at risk? 2010
2010 Treatment for older prostate cancer patients: Disparities in a southern state 2010
2009 Gender differences in discontinuation of antiretroviral treatment regimens 2009
2009 Targeted tuberculosis contact investigation saves money without sacrificing health 2009
2009 Pharmaceuticals companies' medication assistance programs: Potentially useful but too burdensome to use? 2009
2008 Relationship of health behavior theories with self-efficacy among insufficiently active hypertensive African-American women 2008
2008 American College of Rheumatology 2008 recommendations for the use of nonbiologic and biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs in rheumatoid arthritis 2008
2008 Analysis of US food and drug administration warning letters: False promotional claims relating to prescription and over-the-counter medications 2008
2007 Failure to establish HIV care: Characterizing the "no show" phenomenon 2007
2007 The impact of cost on the availability of fruits and vegetables in the homes of schoolchildren in Birmingham, Alabama 2007
2006 Trends in colon cancer screening procedures in the US Medicare and Tricare populations: 1999-2001 2006
2006 Distribution of health care expenditures for HIV-infected patients 2006
2005 Fracture Reduction Affects Medicare Economics (FRAME): Impact of increased osteoporosis diagnosis and treatment 2005
2005 The cost of glucocorticoid-associated adverse events in rheumatoid arthritis 2005
2005 Household-based costs and benefits of vaccinating healthy children in daycare against influenza virus: Results from a pilot study 2005
2003 Balancing bones and bucks among new glucocorticoid users 2003

Principal Investigator On

  • Adapting MultiPLe Behavior Interventions that eFfectively Improve (AMPLIFI) Cancer Survivor Health - Assessment Core  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 2018 - 2023
  • Adapting MultiPLe Behavior Interventions that eFfectively Improve (AMPLIFI) Cancer Survivor Health - Recruitment Core  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 2018 - 2023
  • Obesity Health Disparities Research Center (OHDRC) - Investigating the Interconnection of Social Determinants of Health and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in the Care for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia of Older Adults in the Deep South and the Rest of the United States  awarded by NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES/NIH/DHHS 2017 - 2022
  • Gulf States Collaborative Center for Health Policy Research (Gulf States CC)  awarded by BAYOU LA BATRE CLINIC 2015 - 2020
  • Gulf States Collaborative Center for Health Policy Research (Gulf States CC) - Administrative Core  awarded by BAYOU LA BATRE CLINIC 2015 - 2020
  • Gulf States Collaborative Center for Health Policy Research (Gulf States CC) - Collabortions and Partnerships Core  awarded by BAYOU LA BATRE CLINIC 2015 - 2020
  • Gulf States Collaborative Center for Health Policy Research (Gulf States CC) - Pilot Project Core  awarded by BAYOU LA BATRE CLINIC 2015 - 2020
  • Gulf States Collaborative Center for Health Policy Research (Gulf States CC) - Research Core  awarded by BAYOU LA BATRE CLINIC 2015 - 2020
  • The Role of Multilevel Access Dimensions in Ovarian Cancer Disparities  awarded by Duke University 2019 - 2020
  • Cost of Care Conversations in Cancer Patients: Recommendations for Implementation and Training  awarded by AMERICA'S ESSENTIAL HOSPITALS 2019
  • Let's Talk About the Cost of Cancer Care: Finding the Best Method for Patients and Providers  awarded by Johnson (Robert Wood) Foundation 2016 - 2018
  • Quality of Epilepsy Treatment and Costs in Older Americans by Race (QUIET CARE)  awarded by National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke/NIH/DHHS 2012 - 2017
  • Gulf States Collaborative Center for Health Policy Research (Gulf States CC) - Administrative Supplement  awarded by BAYOU LA BATRE CLINIC 2013 - 2016
  • Coming Together to Advance Minority Cancer Survivorship Research: First Symposium Focused on African American Survivors  awarded by NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES/NIH/DHHS 2014 - 2015
  • Cost-Effectiveness of Peer Support Interventions for Persons with Diabetes: A Four Site Analysis  awarded by American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation 2014
  • CITY Health - Center for Study of Community Health SIP 11-042: Patient Preferences and Needs in Ovarian Cancer Care  awarded by National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promo./CDC/DHHS 2009 - 2014
  • Reasons for Low Follow-Up in Black CRC Patients  awarded by Association of American Medical Colleges 2008 - 2012
  • Geographic Variation in Epilepsy Among Medicare Beneficiaries  awarded by Association of American Medical Colleges 2007 - 2012
  • Investigator On

  • Testing Scalable, IVR-Supported Cancer Prevention Interventions in the Rural Alabama Black Belt  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 2019 - 2024
  • Daily Self-Weighing to Promote Obesity Management in Primary Care  awarded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS 2019 - 2024
  • Optimizing Functional Recovery of Breast Cancer Survivors  awarded by DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK CLINIC 2019 - 2024
  • Implementing Palliative Care: Learning Collaborative vs. Technical Assistance  awarded by DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK CLINIC 2018 - 2023
  • Adapting MultiPLe Behavior Interventions that eFfectively Improve (AMPLIFI) Cancer Survivor Health  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 2018 - 2023
  • UAB Diabetes Research Center  awarded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS 2018 - 2023
  • UAB Diabetes Research Center - Interventions and Translation Core  awarded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS 2018 - 2023
  • Enhancing Shared Decision Making in Metastatic Breast Cancer  awarded by American Cancer Society, Inc. 2017 - 2022
  • Obesity Health Disparities Research Center (OHDRC)  awarded by NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES/NIH/DHHS 2017 - 2022
  • Patient Oriented Research in Personalized Antithrombotic Therapy  awarded by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/NIH/DHHS 2016 - 2021
  • Harvest for Health in Older Cancer Survivors  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 2016 - 2021
  • Primary Care Obesity Management in the Southeast_PROMISE  awarded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS 2016 - 2021
  • The Alabama Care Plan: Assessing the Impact of Regional Care Organizations on Diabetes Outcomes in a Sample of Alabama Medicaid Recipients  awarded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS 2016 - 2021
  • Cost-Effective Breast Cancer Screening Strategies in Chest-Irradiated Women  awarded by BECKMAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE (CITY OF HOPE) 2017 - 2020
  • Gulf States Collaborative Center for Health Policy Research (Gulf States CC)  awarded by BAYOU LA BATRE CLINIC 2015 - 2020
  • Gulf States Collaborative Center for Health Policy Research (Gulf States CC) - Administrative Supplement  awarded by BAYOU LA BATRE CLINIC 2015 - 2020
  • Gulf States Collaborative Center for Health Policy Research (Gulf States CC) - Research Project 1  awarded by BAYOU LA BATRE CLINIC 2015 - 2020
  • National Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for African American Men's Health - Research Project I: Patient Navigation to Reduce Readmissions among Black Men with Heart Failure (NAVI-HF)  awarded by NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES/NIH/DHHS 2013 - 2020
  • CITY Health II - The Center for the Study of Community Health  awarded by National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promo./CDC/DHHS 2014 - 2019
  • National Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for African American Men's Health  awarded by NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES/NIH/DHHS 2013 - 2019
  • Find Your BEAT: Toolkit to Increase Physical Activity in Rural Cancer Survivors  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 2015 - 2018
  • National Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for African American Men's Health  awarded by University of Minnesota 2013 - 2018
  • Reducing Disparities in Rural Advanced Cancer Patients and Caregivers  awarded by American Cancer Society, Inc. 2013 - 2017
  • Private Grant  awarded by O.N. DIAGNOSTICS, LLC 2015 - 2017
  • Private Grant  awarded by PACKHEALTH 2014 - 2016
  • Morehouse School of Medicine/Tuskegee University/University of Alabama Cancer Center Partnership  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 2011 - 2016
  • Gulf States Collaborative Center for Health Policy Research (Gulf States CC)  awarded by BAYOU LA BATRE CLINIC 2013 - 2016
  • Web-Based Smoking Cessation Intervention: Transition from Inpatient to Outpatient  awarded by National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH/DHHS 2012 - 2016
  • Reducing Care-Resistant Behaviors During Oral Hygiene in Persons with Dementia  awarded by National Institute of Nursing Research/NIH/DHHS 2013 - 2016
  • Health Care Innovation Challenge  awarded by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services/DHHS 2012 - 2015
  • RHYTHM: Restoring Health in You (and Your Partner) Through Movement  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 2012 - 2015
  • CITY Health - Center for Study of Community Health  awarded by National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promo./CDC/DHHS 2009 - 2014
  • Cost Effectiveness of the Rural Breast Cancer Survivor Intervention Package  awarded by National Institute of Nursing Research/NIH/DHHS 2009 - 2013
  • UAB Diabetes Research and Training Center  awarded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS 2008 - 2013
  • UAB Diabetes Research and Training Center - Metrics and MHSR Core  awarded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS 2008 - 2013
  • Web-Based Smoking Cessation Intervention: Transition from Inpatient to Outpatient  awarded by National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH/DHHS 2010 - 2012
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  • Maria Pisu