• Dr. Soumya Niranjan is an Assistant Professor of Health Professions in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She completed her undergraduate degree in Pharmacy at the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (India) and doctoral degree in Medical Sociology from UAB. She also completed a Master’s of Science in Clinical Investigation Sciences from University of Louisville, Kentucky.

    Dr. Niranjan’s research interests include health inequalities in cancer and chronic respiratory diseases. She is particularly interested in understanding key contributory factors for these disparities and shaping policies that improve patient health outcomes in underserved communities. She is also a health services researcher with specific focus in shared decision-making of treatment options and end of life care in cancer patients.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2022 An Interactive Voice Response System to Increase Physical Activity and Prevent Cancer in the Rural Alabama Black Belt: Design and Usability StudyJMIR Human Factors.  9. 2022
    2022 Training and Dissemination of Lung Cancer Education Curriculum Among Community Health Advisors in the Deep South: a Program EvaluationJournal of Cancer Education2022
    2021 Perceived Institutional Barriers Among Clinical and Research Professionals: Minority Participation in Oncology Clinical TrialsJco Oncology Practice.  17:e666-e675. 2021
    2021 An Interactive Voice Response System to Increase Physical Activity and Prevent Cancer in the Rural Alabama Black Belt: Design and Usability Study (Preprint) 2021
    2021 Niranjan SJ, Opoku-Agyeman W, Carroll NW, Dorsey A, Tipre M, Baskin ML, Dransfield MT. Distribution and Geographic Accessibility of Lung Cancer Screening Centers in the US. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2021 Mar 30. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.202010-1313RL. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33784236.Annals of the American Thoracic Society2021
    2021 The use of complementary and alternative medicine among hypertensive and type 2 diabetic patients in Western Jamaica: A mixed methods studyPLoS One.  16. 2021
    2021 “It's important to me”: A qualitative analysis on shared decision-making and patient preferences in older adults with early-stage breast cancer 2021
    2020 Should we be talking about guidelines with patients? A qualitative analysis in metastatic breast cancerBreast Cancer Research and Treatment.  184:115-121. 2020
    2020 Rural Cancer Health During the COVID-19 PandemicJournal of Cancer Education.  35:862-863. 2020
    2020 Trust but Verify: Exploring the Role of Treatment-Related Information and Patient-Physician Trust in Shared Decision Making Among Patients with Metastatic Breast CancerJournal of Cancer Education.  35:885-892. 2020
    2020 Tobacco smoke exposure in pediatric cystic fibrosis: A qualitative study of clinician and caregiver perspectives on smoking cessationPediatric Pulmonology.  55:2330-2340. 2020
    2020 "i'd Want to Know, because a Year's Not a Long Time to Prepare for a Death": Role of Prognostic Information in Shared Decision Making among Women with Metastatic Breast CancerJournal of Palliative Medicine.  23:937-943. 2020
    2020 Bias and stereotyping among research and clinical professionals: Perspectives on minority recruitment for oncology clinical trialsCancer.  126:1958-1968. 2020
    2019 What Is Important When Making Treatment Decisions in Metastatic Breast Cancer? A Qualitative Analysis of Decision-Making in Patients and Oncologists 2019
    2019 Adherence to Pulmonary Rehabilitation in COPD: A QUALITATIVE EXPLORATION of PATIENT PERSPECTIVES on BARRIERS and FACILITATORSJournal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention.  39:344-349. 2019
    2019 Training Needs of Clinical and Research Professionals to Optimize Minority Recruitment and Retention in Cancer Clinical TrialsJournal of Cancer Education.  34:26-34. 2019
    2018 Should we be talking about guidelines with patients? A qualitative analysis in metastatic breast cancer.Journal of Clinical Oncology.  36:217-217. 2018
    2018 Trust but verify: Patterns of obtaining health information and the role of physician trust in decision-making amongst patients with metastatic breast cancer.Journal of Clinical Oncology.  36:218-218. 2018
    2018 Lay patient navigators’ perspectives of barriers, facilitators and training needs in initiating advance care planning conversations with older patients with cancerJournal of Palliative Care.  33:70-78. 2018
    2017 Implementation and Impact of Patient Lay Navigator-Led Advance Care Planning ConversationsJournal of Pain and Symptom Management.  53:682-692. 2017

    Research Overview

  • Implementation science, Social determinants of chronic diseases, Racial and gender health disparities in cancer care outcomes, Palliative cancer care
  • Teaching Overview

  • I teach in both the undergraduate and the graduate programs in the Department of Health Services Administration. Specifically in Health Care Management Program, I teach Medical Terminology for HealthCare Professionals. Additionally, in the Health Care Quality and Safety Graduate Program, I teach Evaluating Quality Improvement Models.
  • Teaching Activities

    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2018
  • Master of Science in Public Health, University of Louisville 2008
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy in Health Professions and Related Programs, 2005
  • Full Name

  • Soumya Niranjan