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Shoba Ramanadhan, Sc.D.

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I am a behavioral scientist with expertise in implementation science, cancer disparities, and community-based participatory research. My work focuses on strengthening systems in underserved communities to leverage the best available evidence for cancer prevention and control.

My research falls into three streams. First, I design and evaluate workforce development interventions to promote the use of research evidence within community-based organizations in the US and India. This work also includes examinations of the impacts of staff social networks on the uptake and use of research evidence. Second, I study the adaptation of evidence-based preventive services for use in underserved communities in the US and India. My goal is to design practice-focused guidelines for strategic adaptation so that implementing organizations can increase the impact of available interventions by leveraging practice- and research-based expertise. The third stream of my work focuses on methods to incorporate practitioner expertise into the health promotion evidence base more effectively. This includes evaluations of strategies to identify and engage critical implementation stakeholders as well as technology-based methods to gather stakeholder insight efficiently. Much of my work is conducted in partnership with community-based organizations and coalitions.

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  1. Ramanadhan S, Mahtani SL, Kirk S, Lee M, Weese M, Mita C, Brandt HM. Measuring capacity to use evidence-based interventions in community-based organizations: A comprehensive, scoping review. J Clin Transl Sci. 2022; 6(1):e92. PMID: 36003212; PMCID: PMC9389281.
  2. Adsul P, Chambers D, Brandt HM, Fernandez ME, Ramanadhan S, Torres E, Leeman J, Baquero B, Fleischer L, Escoffery C, Emmons K, Soler M, Oh A, Korn AR, Wheeler S, Shelton RC. Grounding implementation science in health equity for cancer prevention and control. Implement Sci Commun. 2022 Jun 03; 3(1):56. PMID: 35659151; PMCID: PMC9164317.
  3. Emmons KM, Curry M, Lee RM, Pless A, Ramanadhan S, Trujillo C. Enabling community input to improve equity in and access to translational research: The Community Coalition for Equity in Research. J Clin Transl Sci. 2022; 6(1):e60. PMID: 35720966; PMCID: PMC9161041.
  4. Jacob RR, Korn AR, Huang GC, Easterling D, Gundersen DA, Ramanadhan S, Vu T, Angier H, Brownson RC, Haire-Joshu D, Oh AY, Schnoll R. Collaboration networks of the implementation science centers for cancer control: a social network analysis. Implement Sci Commun. 2022 Apr 13; 3(1):41. PMID: 35418309; PMCID: PMC9009020.
  5. Werts S, Aveling EL, Taylor LA, Singer SJ, Geller AC, Ramanadhan S. Overlooked Potential of Business-Inclusive Networks to Amplify Anchoring Activity Impact. Am J Health Promot. 2022 07; 36(6):920-922. PMID: 35383468.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  6. Ramanadhan S, Ganapathy K, Nukala L, Rajagopalan S, Camillus JC. A model for sustainable, partnership-based telehealth services in rural India: An early process evaluation from Tuver village, Gujarat. PLoS One. 2022; 17(1):e0261907. PMID: 35025902; PMCID: PMC8757919.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Ramanadhan S, Donaldson ST, Siqueira CE, Rackard-James C, Miller E, Tappin J, Tracy N, Minsky S, Maldonado-Campos AA, Bruff C, Mahtani S, Teixeira MS, Viswanath V. Connecting Implementation Science, Community-Engaged Research, and Health Promotion to Address Cancer Inequities in Massachusetts: The UMB/DF-HCC U54 Outreach Core. Am J Health Promot. 2022 05; 36(4):597-601. PMID: 34939446.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  8. Shelton RC, Philbin MM, Ramanadhan S. Qualitative Research Methods in Chronic Disease: Introduction and Opportunities to Promote Health Equity. Annu Rev Public Health. 2022 04 05; 43:37-57. PMID: 34936827.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. Mueller NM, Hsieh A, Ramanadhan S, Lee RM, Emmons KM. The Prevalence of Dissemination and Implementation Research and Training Grants at National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Centers. JNCI Cancer Spectr. 2022 02; 6(1). PMID: 35005429; PMCID: PMC8735751.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. Leeman J, Rohweder C, Lee M, Brenner A, Dwyer A, Ko LK, O'Leary MC, Ryan G, Vu T, Ramanadhan S. Aligning implementation science with improvement practice: a call to action. Implement Sci Commun. 2021 Sep 08; 2(1):99. PMID: 34496978; PMCID: PMC8424169.
    Citations: 6     
  11. Ramanadhan S, Revette AC, Lee RM, Aveling EL. Pragmatic approaches to analyzing qualitative data for implementation science: an introduction. Implement Sci Commun. 2021 Jun 29; 2(1):70. PMID: 34187595; PMCID: PMC8243847.
    Citations: 12     
  12. Roseen EJ, Purtle J, Zhang W, Miller DW, Schwartz AW, Ramanadhan S, Sherman KJ. The Intersection of Dissemination Research and Acupuncture: Applications for Chronic Low Back Pain. Glob Adv Health Med. 2021; 10:2164956120980694. PMID: 34104573.
  13. Galbraith-Gyan KV, Lee SJ, Ramanadhan S, Viswanath K. Disparities in HPV knowledge by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic position: Trusted sources for the dissemination of HPV information. Cancer Causes Control. 2021 Sep; 32(9):923-933. PMID: 33999315.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Ramanadhan S, Galbraith-Gyan K, Revette A, Foti A, Rackard James C, Martinez-Dominguez V, Miller E, Tappin J, Tracy N, Bruff C, Donaldson ST, Minsky S, Sempasa D, Siqueira C, Viswanath K. Key considerations for designing capacity-building interventions to support evidence-based programming in underserved communities: a qualitative exploration. Transl Behav Med. 2021 03 16; 11(2):452-461. PMID: 32515481; PMCID: PMC7963294.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Gupte HA, D'Costa M, Ramanadhan S, Viswanath K. Factors Influencing Implementation of a Workplace Tobacco Cessation Intervention in India: A Qualitative Exploration. Workplace Health Saf. 2021 Feb; 69(2):56-67. PMID: 33308086; PMCID: PMC8195308.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Ramanadhan S, Fontanet C, Teixeira M, Mahtani S, Katz I. Exploring attitudes of adolescents and caregivers towards community-based delivery of the HPV vaccine: a qualitative study. BMC Public Health. 2020 Oct 09; 20(1):1531. PMID: 33036585; PMCID: PMC7547455.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  17. Check DK, Zullig LL, Davis MM, Davies L, Chambers D, Fleisher L, Kaplan SJ, Proctor E, Ramanadhan S, Schroeck FR, Stover AM, Koczwara B. Improvement Science and Implementation Science in Cancer Care: Identifying Areas of Synergy and Opportunities for Further Integration. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 01; 36(1):186-195. PMID: 32869193; PMCID: PMC7859137.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  18. Galbraith-Gyan KV, Ramanadhan S, Viswanath K. Community Stakeholders' Perspectives on Introducing Human Papillomavirus Vaccination and Biobanking Evidence-Based Programs Within Medically Underserved Communities: A Community-Engaged Approach. Int Q Community Health Educ. 2021 Apr; 41(3):315-323. PMID: 32664800; PMCID: PMC9376934.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  19. Ramanadhan S, Daly J, Lee RM, Kruse GR, Deutsch C. Network-Based Delivery and Sustainment of Evidence-Based Prevention in Community-Clinical Partnerships Addressing Health Equity: A Qualitative Exploration. Front Public Health. 2020; 8:213. PMID: 32671008.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Ramanadhan S, Aronstein D, Martinez-Dominguez V, Xuan Z, Viswanath K. Designing Capacity-Building Supports to Promote Evidence-Based Programs in Community-Based Organizations Working with Underserved Populations. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2020; 14(2):149-160. PMID: 33416638.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  21. Ramanadhan S, Aronstein D, Martinez-Dominguez V, Xuan Z, Viswanath K. Designing Capacity-Building Supports to Promote Evidence-Based Programs in Community-Based Organizations Working with Underserved Populations. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2020; 14(2):141-142. PMID: 33416635.
  22. Ramanadhan S, Nagler RH, Alexander-Molloy JM, Viswanath K. Local Organizations Supporting Implementation of Graphic Health Warnings for Tobacco in Underserved Communities: A Qualitative Inquiry. Front Public Health. 2018; 6:322. PMID: 30483491; PMCID: PMC6243197.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  23. Lee RM, Ramanadhan S, Kruse GR, Deutsch C. A Mixed Methods Approach to Evaluate Partnerships and Implementation of the Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund. Front Public Health. 2018; 6:150. PMID: 29922642; PMCID: PMC5996756.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    
  24. Koczwara B, Stover AM, Davies L, Davis MM, Fleisher L, Ramanadhan S, Schroeck FR, Zullig LL, Chambers DA, Proctor E. Harnessing the Synergy Between Improvement Science and Implementation Science in Cancer: A Call to Action. J Oncol Pract. 2018 06; 14(6):335-340. PMID: 29750579.
    Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. Ramanadhan S, Davis MM, Armstrong R, Baquero B, Ko LK, Leng JC, Salloum RG, Vaughn NA, Brownson RC. Participatory implementation science to increase the impact of evidence-based cancer prevention and control. Cancer Causes Control. 2018 03; 29(3):363-369. PMID: 29417296.
    Citations: 44     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. Bekalu MA, Ramanadhan S, Bigman CA, Nagler RH, Viswanath K. Graphic and Arousing? Emotional and Cognitive Reactions to Tobacco Graphic Health Warnings and Associated Quit-Related Outcomes Among Low SEP Population Groups. Health Commun. 2019 06; 34(7):726-734. PMID: 29388802.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. Ramanadhan S, Minsky S, Martinez-Dominguez V, Viswanath K. Erratum to: Building practitioner networks to support dissemination and implementation of evidence-based programs in community settings. Transl Behav Med. 2017 09; 7(3):542. PMID: 28688104.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  28. Ramanadhan S, Minsky S, Martinez-Dominguez V, Viswanath K. Building practitioner networks to support dissemination and implementation of evidence-based programs in community settings. Transl Behav Med. 2017 09; 7(3):532-541. PMID: 28382582; PMCID: PMC5645279.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  29. Ramanadhan S, Nagler RH, McCloud R, Kohler R, Viswanath K. Graphic health warnings as activators of social networks: A field experiment among individuals of low socioeconomic position. Soc Sci Med. 2017 02; 175:219-227. PMID: 28108053; PMCID: PMC5320580.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  30. Nagler RH, Bigman CA, Ramanadhan S, Ramamurthi D, Viswanath K. Prevalence and Framing of Health Disparities in Local Print News: Implications for Multilevel Interventions to Address Cancer Inequalities. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2016 04; 25(4):603-12. PMID: 27196094; PMCID: PMC4874564.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    
  31. Koczwara B, Birken SA, Perry CK, Cragun D, Zullig LL, Ginossar T, Nodora J, Chawla N, Ramanadhan S, Kerner J, Brownson RC. How Context Matters: A Dissemination and Implementation Primer for Global Oncologists. J Glob Oncol. 2016 Apr; 2(2):51-55. PMID: 28717683.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    
  32. Ramanadhan S, Nagler RH, McCauley MP, Lora V, Minsky S, Bruff C, Muneton YF, McCloud RF, Puleo E, Viswanath K. Much Ventured, Much Gained: Community-Engaged Data Collection by Adolescents and Young Adults. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2016; 10(2):217-24. PMID: 27346767.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  33. McCauley MP, Ramanadhan S, Viswanath K. Assessing opinions in community leadership networks to address health inequalities: a case study from Project IMPACT. Health Educ Res. 2015 Dec; 30(6):866-81. PMID: 26471919; PMCID: PMC4836398.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  34. Ramanadhan S, Galarce E, Xuan Z, Alexander-Molloy J, Viswanath K. Addressing the Vaccine Hesitancy Continuum: An Audience Segmentation Analysis of American Adults Who Did Not Receive the 2009 H1N1 Vaccine. Vaccines (Basel). 2015 Jul 15; 3(3):556-78. PMID: 26350595; PMCID: PMC4586467.
    Citations: 7     
  35. Bekalu MA, Eggermont S, Ramanadhan S, Viswanath K. Effect of media use on HIV-related stigma in Sub-Saharan Africa: a cross-sectional study. PLoS One. 2014; 9(6):e100467. PMID: 24945251.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  36. Ramanadhan S, Mendez SR, Rao M, Viswanath K. Social media use by community-based organizations conducting health promotion: a content analysis. BMC Public Health. 2013 Dec 05; 13:1129. PMID: 24313999.
    Citations: 35     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  37. Ramanadhan S, Viswanath K. Priority-setting for evidence-based health outreach in community-based organizations: A mixed-methods study in three Massachusetts communities. Transl Behav Med. 2013 Jun 01; 3(2):180-188. PMID: 23795220.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    
  38. Jung M, Ramanadhan S, Viswanath K. Effect of information seeking and avoidance behavior on self-rated health status among cancer survivors. Patient Educ Couns. 2013 Jul; 92(1):100-6. PMID: 23523194.
    Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  39. Nagler RH, Ramanadhan S, Minsky S, Viswanath K. Recruitment and Retention for Community-Based eHealth Interventions with Populations of Low Socioeconomic Position: Strategies and Challenges. J Commun. 2013 Feb 01; 63(1):201-220. PMID: 23439871.
    Citations: 18     Fields:    
  40. Viswanath K, Nagler RH, Bigman-Galimore CA, McCauley MP, Jung M, Ramanadhan S. The communications revolution and health inequalities in the 21st century: implications for cancer control. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2012 Oct; 21(10):1701-8. PMID: 23045545.
    Citations: 49     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  41. Ackerson LK, Ramanadhan S, Arya M, Viswanath K. Social disparities, communication inequalities, and HIV/AIDS-related knowledge and attitudes in India. AIDS Behav. 2012 Oct; 16(7):2072-81. PMID: 21870161.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  42. Ramanadhan S, Salhi C, Achille E, Baril N, D'Entremont K, Grullon M, Judge C, Oppenheimer S, Reeves C, Savage C, Viswanath K. Addressing cancer disparities via community network mobilization and intersectoral partnerships: a social network analysis. PLoS One. 2012; 7(2):e32130. PMID: 22384156.
    Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  43. Ramanadhan S, Crisostomo J, Alexander-Molloy J, Gandelman E, Grullon M, Lora V, Reeves C, Savage C, Viswanath K. Perceptions of evidence-based programs among community-based organizations tackling health disparities: a qualitative study. Health Educ Res. 2012 Aug; 27(4):717-28. PMID: 22012968; PMCID: PMC3396880.
    Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  44. Kebede S, Mantopoulos J, Ramanadhan S, Cherlin E, Gebeyehu M, Lawson R, Bradley EH. Educating leaders in hospital management: a pre-post study in Ethiopian hospitals. Glob Public Health. 2012; 7(2):164-74. PMID: 21259143.
    Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  45. Galarce EM, Ramanadhan S, Weeks J, Schneider EC, Gray SW, Viswanath K. Class, race, ethnicity and information needs in post-treatment cancer patients. Patient Educ Couns. 2011 Dec; 85(3):432-9. PMID: 21354761.
    Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  46. Ramanadhan S, Wiecha JL, Gortmaker SL, Emmons KM, Viswanath K. Informal training in staff networks to support dissemination of health promotion programs. Am J Health Promot. 2010 Sep-Oct; 25(1):12-8. PMID: 20809826; PMCID: PMC3115712.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  47. Ramanadhan S, Kebede S, Mantopoulos J, Bradley EH. Network-based social capital and capacity-building programs: an example from Ethiopia. Hum Resour Health. 2010 Jul 01; 8:17. PMID: 20594321.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    
  48. Rowe LA, Brillant SB, Cleveland E, Dahn BT, Ramanadhan S, Podesta M, Bradley EH. Building capacity in health facility management: guiding principles for skills transfer in Liberia. Hum Resour Health. 2010 Mar 18; 8:5. PMID: 20298565.
    Citations: 24     Fields:    
  49. Ramanadhan S, Wiecha JL, Emmons KM, Gortmaker SL, Viswanath K. Extra-team connections for knowledge transfer between staff teams. Health Educ Res. 2009 Dec; 24(6):967-76. PMID: 19528313; PMCID: PMC2777945.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  50. Bradley EH, Curry LA, Ramanadhan S, Rowe L, Nembhard IM, Krumholz HM. Research in action: using positive deviance to improve quality of health care. Implement Sci. 2009 May 08; 4:25. PMID: 19426507.
    Citations: 136     Fields:    
  51. Ramanadhan S, Viswanath K. Health and the information nonseeker: a profile. Health Commun. 2006; 20(2):131-9. PMID: 16965250.
    Citations: 73     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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