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Roberta E. Goldman, Ph.D.

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Roberta E. Goldman, PhD is a medical anthropologist who has researched broadly on the use of qualitative methods in health care research, cultural and literacy issues in patient care, physician-patient communication and use of technology to improve patient care and disease management. She is Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Adjunct Professor of Society, Human Development and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research expertise lies in qualitative and mixed-methods study designs, and she teaches a course on qualitative methods at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is currently Director of the Evaluation Unit for a HRSA-funded study of primary care clinical site transformation along the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery. She has participated in numerous multidisciplinary team collaborations for federally-funded health IT projects where she has provided research design planning and oversight for all aspects of qualitative research and application of qualitative findings to design of the electronic programs. She was co-PI for an AHRQ-funded intervention to develop low-literacy educational DVDs to enhance medication safety among older adults. She was PI of a study exploring the combination of qualitative research methods and internet-based disease prevention interventions among Spanish-speaking Latina women in midlife; PI of a longitudinal study investigating the impact of full electronic medical record implementation in a family medicine residency clinic; PI of a study of cancer screening among Latinos, and PI of a community-engaged research study of substance use among Latino and Black youth. She has been a co-investigator for a great variety of other federally-funded studies aimed at disease prevention through behavior change, and improving patient safety, disease management, patient-physician communication and patient self-management.

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  1. Cohen JFW, Scott M, Sutton M, Cueva K, Shonkoff ET, Goldman RE, Margolis DN, Potempa AE, Fink K, Gustus S, Stock M. A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of a School Wellness Initiative: An Examination of Longer Lunch Periods and More Physical Activity Opportunities. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2021 Apr 20. PMID: 33888437.
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  2. Stone AA, Broderick JE, Goldman RE, Junghaenel DU, Bolton A, May M, Schneider S. I. Indices of Pain Intensity Derived From Ecological Momentary Assessments: Rationale and Stakeholder Preferences. J Pain. 2021 Apr; 22(4):359-370. PMID: 32947012.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    
  3. Seward MW, Goldman RE, Linakis SK, Werth P, Roberto CA, Block JP. Showers, Culture, and Conflict Resolution: A Qualitative Study of Employees' Perceptions of Workplace Wellness Opportunities. J Occup Environ Med. 2019 10; 61(10):829-835. PMID: 31361680.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  4. Sklar M, Seijo C, Goldman RE, Eaton CB. Beyond checkboxes: A qualitative assessment of physicians' experiences providing care in a patient-centred medical home. J Eval Clin Pract. 2019 Dec; 25(6):1142-1151. PMID: 30997740.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  5. Goldman RE, Brown J, Stebbins P, Parker DR, Adewale V, Shield R, Roberts MB, Eaton CB, Borkan JM. What matters in patient-centered medical home transformation: Whole system evaluation outcomes of the Brown Primary Care Transformation Initiative. SAGE Open Med. 2018; 6:2050312118781936. PMID: 29977548.
    Citations: 1     
  6. Kroshus E, Gillard D, Haarbauer-Krupa J, Goldman RE, Bickham DS. Talking with young children about concussions: an exploratory study. Child Care Health Dev. 2017 09; 43(5):758-767. PMID: 28019016.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Goldman RE, Mennillo L, Stebbins P, Parker DR. How do patients conceptualize chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? Chron Respir Dis. 2017 Aug; 14(3):245-255. PMID: 28774206.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  8. Anandarajah G, Furey C, Chandran R, Goldberg A, El Rayess F, Ashley D, Goldman RE. Effects of adding a new PCMH block rotation and resident team to existing longitudinal training within a certified PCMH: primary care residents' attitudes, knowledge, and experience. Adv Med Educ Pract. 2016; 7:457-66. PMID: 27536169.
    Citations: 3     
  9. Park ER, Mutchler JE, Perez G, Goldman RE, Niles H, Haime V, Tree-McGrath CF, Yang MS, Woolridge D, Suarez J, Donelan K, Pirl WF. Coping and resiliency enhancement program (CARE): a pilot study for interpreters in cancer care. Psychooncology. 2017 08; 26(8):1181-1190. PMID: 27196822.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. LaMancuso K, Goldman RE, Nothnagle M. "Can I Ask That?": Perspectives on Perinatal Care After Resettlement Among Karen Refugee Women, Medical Providers, and Community-Based Doulas. J Immigr Minor Health. 2016 Apr; 18(2):428-35. PMID: 25724151.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  11. Criss S, Rodriguez D, Goldman RE. The Social Context of Substance Use and Perceived Risk among Rhode Island Urban Minority Adolescents. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2016; 27(1):176-193. PMID: 27763464.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. Mehta DH, Perez GK, Traeger L, Park ER, Goldman RE, Haime V, Chittenden EH, Denninger JW, Jackson VA. Building Resiliency in a Palliative Care Team: A Pilot Study. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2016 Mar; 51(3):604-8. PMID: 26550936.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. Criss S, Woo Baidal JA, Goldman RE, Perkins M, Cunningham C, Taveras EM. The Role of Health Information Sources in Decision-Making Among Hispanic Mothers During Their Children's First 1000 Days of Life. Matern Child Health J. 2015 Nov; 19(11):2536-43. PMID: 26122256.
    Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Sharifi M, Marshall G, Goldman RE, Cunningham C, Marshall R, Taveras EM. Engaging children in the development of obesity interventions: Exploring outcomes that matter most among obesity positive outliers. Patient Educ Couns. 2015 Nov; 98(11):1393-401. PMID: 26166630.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Woo Baidal JA, Criss S, Goldman RE, Perkins M, Cunningham C, Taveras EM. Reducing Hispanic children's obesity risk factors in the first 1000 days of life: a qualitative analysis. J Obes. 2015; 2015:945918. PMID: 25874127.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Parker DR, Eltinge S, Rafferty C, Eaton CB, Clarke JG, Goldman RE. Primary care providers' views on using lung age as an aid to smoking cessation counseling for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Lung. 2015 Jun; 193(3):321-7. PMID: 25791068.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  17. Goldman RE, Parker DR, Brown J, Walker J, Eaton CB, Borkan JM. Recommendations for a mixed methods approach to evaluating the patient-centered medical home. Ann Fam Med. 2015 Mar; 13(2):168-75. PMID: 25755039.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  18. Kroshus E, Kubzansky LD, Goldman RE, Austin SB. Norms, athletic identity, and concussion symptom under-reporting among male collegiate ice hockey players: a prospective cohort study. Ann Behav Med. 2015 Feb; 49(1):95-103. PMID: 25236670.
    Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. Kroshus E, Goldman RE, Kubzansky LD, Austin SB. Team-level approaches to addressing disordered eating: a qualitative study of two female collegiate cross country running teams. Eat Disord. 2014; 22(2):136-51. PMID: 24392949.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Nothnagle M, Reis S, Goldman RE, Anandarajah G. Fostering professional formation in residency: development and evaluation of the "forum" seminar series. Teach Learn Med. 2014; 26(3):230-8. PMID: 25010233.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  21. Britton WB, Lindahl JR, Cahn BR, Davis JH, Goldman RE. Awakening is not a metaphor: the effects of Buddhist meditation practices on basic wakefulness. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2014 Jan; 1307:64-81. PMID: 24372471.
    Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  22. Chhabra KR, Pollak KI, Lee SJ, Back AL, Goldman RE, Tulsky JA. Physician communication styles in initial consultations for hematological cancer. Patient Educ Couns. 2013 Dec; 93(3):573-8. PMID: 24035463.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. 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. 2013 Jun; 15(3):472-5. PMID: 22752660.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  24. Parker DR, Eaton CB, Ahern DK, Roberts MB, Rafferty C, Goldman RE, McCool FD, Wroblewski J. The study design and rationale of the randomized controlled trial: translating COPD guidelines into primary care practice. BMC Fam Pract. 2013 May 06; 14:56. PMID: 23641803.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. 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. 2013 Jun; 52(6):702-6. PMID: 23415754.
    Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. Lapane KL, Goldman RE, Quilliam BJ, Hume AL, Eaton CB. Tailored DVDs: a novel strategy for educating racially and ethnically diverse older adults about their medicines. Int J Med Inform. 2012 Dec; 81(12):852-60. PMID: 23117100.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. Doyle RJ, 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. Fam Pract. 2012 Oct; 29(5):601-8. PMID: 22379185.
    Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  28. Nothnagle M, Anandarajah G, Goldman RE, Reis S. Struggling to be self-directed: residents' paradoxical beliefs about learning. Acad Med. 2011 Dec; 86(12):1539-44. PMID: 22030764.
    Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  29. Eaton CB, Parker DR, Borkan J, McMurray J, Roberts MB, Lu B, Goldman R, Ahern DK. Translating cholesterol guidelines into primary care practice: a multimodal cluster randomized trial. Ann Fam Med. 2011 Nov-Dec; 9(6):528-37. PMID: 22084264.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  30. 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. PMID: 21856885.
    Citations: 33     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. Loberiza FR, Swore-Fletcher BA, Block SD, Back AL, Goldman RE, Tulsky JA, Lee SJ. Coping styles, health status and advance care planning in patients with hematologic malignancies. Leuk Lymphoma. 2011 Dec; 52(12):2342-8. PMID: 21851220.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  32. Hume AL, Quilliam BJ, Goldman R, Eaton C, Lapane KL. Alternatives to potentially inappropriate medications for use in e-prescribing software: triggers and treatment algorithms. BMJ Qual Saf. 2011 Oct; 20(10):875-84. PMID: 21719560.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  33. 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.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  34. 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. Psychooncology. 2012 Mar; 21(3):297-306. PMID: 21294221.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  35. Diaz JA, Goldman R, Arellano N, Borkan J, Eaton CB. Brief report: exploration of colorectal cancer risk perceptions among Latinos. J Immigr Minor Health. 2011 Feb; 13(1):188-92. PMID: 20063065.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  36. Nothnagle M, Goldman R, Quirk M, Reis S. Promoting self-directed learning skills in residency: a case study in program development. Acad Med. 2010 Dec; 85(12):1874-9. PMID: 20978433.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  37. Goldman RE, Soran CS, Hayward GL, Simon SR. Doctors' perceptions of laboratory monitoring in office practice. J Eval Clin Pract. 2010 Dec; 16(6):1136-41. PMID: 21176004.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  38. Nothnagle M, Reis S, Goldman R, Diemers A. Development of the GPSE: a tool to improve feedback on procedural skills in residency. Fam Med. 2010 Jul-Aug; 42(7):507-13. PMID: 20628925.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  39. Shield RR, Goldman RE, Anthony DA, Wang N, Doyle RJ, Borkan J. Gradual electronic health record implementation: new insights on physician and patient adaptation. Ann Fam Med. 2010 Jul-Aug; 8(4):316-26. PMID: 20644186.
    Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  40. Goldman RE, Dubé C, Lapane KL. Beyond the basics: refills by electronic prescribing. Int J Med Inform. 2010 Jul; 79(7):507-14. PMID: 20488746.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  41. Shelton RC, Puleo E, Bennett GG, McNeill LH, Goldman RE, Emmons KM. Racial discrimination and physical activity among low-income-housing residents. Am J Prev Med. 2009 Dec; 37(6):541-5. PMID: 19944922.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  42. Goldman RE, Diaz JA, Kim I. Perspectives of colorectal cancer risk and screening among Dominicans and Puerto Ricans: stigma and misperceptions. Qual Health Res. 2009 Nov; 19(11):1559-68. PMID: 19776255.
    Citations: 28     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  43. Chang L, Barlan K, Chou YH, Grin B, Lakonishok M, Serpinskaya AS, Shumaker DK, Herrmann H, Gelfand VI, Goldman RD. The dynamic properties of intermediate filaments during organelle transport. J Cell Sci. 2009 Aug 15; 122(Pt 16):2914-23. PMID: 19638410.
    Citations: 31     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  44. Goldman RE, Sullivan A, Back AL, Alexander SC, Matsuyama RK, Lee SJ. Patients' reflections on communication in the second-opinion hematology-oncology consultation. Patient Educ Couns. 2009 Jul; 76(1):44-50. PMID: 19135824.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  45. Eaton CB, Parker DR, Craft J, McMurray J, Roberts MB, Borkan J, Goldman RE, Ahern DK. Using e-health to improve cholesterol management in primary care practice. J Med Pract Manage. 2009 Jan-Feb; 24(4):224-30. PMID: 19288645.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  46. Borkan JM, Culhane-Pera KA, Goldman RE. Towards cultural humility in healthcare for culturally diverse Rhode Island. Med Health R I. 2008 Dec; 91(12):361-4. PMID: 19170310.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  47. Diaz JA, Roberts MB, Goldman RE, Weitzen S, Eaton CB. Effect of language on colorectal cancer screening among Latinos and non-Latinos. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2008 Aug; 17(8):2169-73. PMID: 18708410.
    Citations: 37     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  48. Goldman RE, Kingdon C, Wasser J, Clark MA, Goldberg R, Papandonatos GD, Hawrot E, Koren G. Rhode Islanders' attitudes towards the development of a statewide genetic biobank. Per Med. 2008 Jul; 5(4):339-359. PMID: 29783458.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    
  49. Goldman RE, Sanchez-Hernandez M, Ross-Degnan D, Piette JD, Trinacty CM, Simon SR. Developing an automated speech-recognition telephone diabetes intervention. Int J Qual Health Care. 2008 Aug; 20(4):264-70. PMID: 18492706.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  50. Allen JD, Shelton RC, Harden E, Goldman RE. Follow-up of abnormal screening mammograms among low-income ethnically diverse women: findings from a qualitative study. Patient Educ Couns. 2008 Aug; 72(2):283-92. PMID: 18490127.
    Citations: 50     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  51. Parker DR, Goldman RE, Eaton CB. A qualitative study of individuals at risk for or who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: what do they understand about their disease? Lung. 2008 Sep-Oct; 186(5):313-6. PMID: 18463922.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  52. Parker DR, Gramling R, Goldman RE, Eaton CB, Ahern D, Cover RT, Borkan J. Physicians' perceptions of barriers and facilitators regarding adoption of the National Cholesterol Education Program guidelines. Prev Cardiol. 2008; 11(1):29-35. PMID: 18174789.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  53. Smith SR, Goldman RE, Dollase RH, Taylor JS. Assessing medical students for non-traditional competencies. Med Teach. 2007 Sep; 29(7):711-6. PMID: 17963141.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  54. Sorensen G, Barbeau EM, Stoddard AM, Hunt MK, Goldman R, Smith A, Brennan AA, Wallace L. Tools for health: the efficacy of a tailored intervention targeted for construction laborers. Cancer Causes Control. 2007 Feb; 18(1):51-9. PMID: 17186421.
    Citations: 35     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
  55. Goldman RE, Barbeau E, Hunt MK, Acevedo-Garcia D, Emmons KM, Gagne J, Sorensen G. Perceptions of health promotion and cancer prevention among adults in working-class occupations and neighborhoods. Health Educ Behav. 2008 Dec; 35(6):777-90. PMID: 16943389.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  56. 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. PMID: 16967659.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  57. Hunt MK, Barbeau EM, Lederman R, Stoddard AM, Chetkovich C, Goldman R, Wallace L, Sorensen G. Process evaluation results from the Healthy Directions-Small Business study. Health Educ Behav. 2007 Feb; 34(1):90-107. PMID: 16740502.
    Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
  58. Goldman RE, Parker DR, Eaton CB, Borkan JM, Gramling R, Cover RT, Ahern DK. Patients' perceptions of cholesterol, cardiovascular disease risk, and risk communication strategies. Ann Fam Med. 2006 May-Jun; 4(3):205-12. PMID: 16735521.
    Citations: 39     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  59. Barbeau EM, Goldman R, Roelofs C, Gagne J, Harden E, Conlan K, Stoddard A, Sorensen G. A new channel for health promotion: building trade unions. Am J Health Promot. 2005 Mar-Apr; 19(4):297-303. PMID: 15768924.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  60. 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. Med Health R I. 2004 Nov; 87(11):347-9. PMID: 15631304.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  61. Goldman RE, Risica PM. Perceptions of breast and cervical cancer risk and screening among Dominicans and Puerto Ricans in Rhode Island. Ethn Dis. 2004; 14(1):32-42. PMID: 15002921.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  62. Gans KM, Kumanyika SK, Lovell HJ, Risica PM, Goldman R, Odoms-Young A, Strolla LO, Decaille DO, Caron C, Lasater TM. The development of SisterTalk: a cable TV-delivered weight control program for black women. Prev Med. 2003 Dec; 37(6 Pt 1):654-67. PMID: 14636799.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  63. Hunt MK, Stoddard AM, Barbeau E, Goldman R, Wallace L, Gutheil C, Sorensen G. Cancer prevention for working class, multiethnic populations through small businesses: the healthy directions study. Cancer Causes Control. 2003 Oct; 14(8):749-60. PMID: 14674739.
    Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  64. Goldman R, Hunt MK, Allen JD, Hauser S, Emmons K, Maeda M, Sorensen G. The life history interview method: applications to intervention development. Health Educ Behav. 2003 Oct; 30(5):564-81. PMID: 14582598.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  65. Sorensen G, Emmons K, Hunt MK, Barbeau E, Goldman R, Peterson K, Kuntz K, Stoddard A, Berkman L. Model for incorporating social context in health behavior interventions: applications for cancer prevention for working-class, multiethnic populations. Prev Med. 2003 Sep; 37(3):188-97. PMID: 12914824.
    Citations: 90     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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