Aimee James, PhD, MPH

Dr. James is a social psychologist with a master of public health (MPH) degree in health promotion/health education. Her research focuses on cancer prevention and control, health disparities and community-based research. Her program of research examines patient and community perceptions of health and healthcare, and how we can intervene to promote health and help people live healthy lives. Her work focuses heavily on populations traditionally underserved by healthcare institutions and aims to reduce disparities in cancer burden, particularly those disparities associated with socioeconomics or uninsurance. A strong guiding factor in Dr. James’ work is the need to engage community members in research that affects them. She is active in the Siteman Cancer Center’s Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities and leads their Colon Cancer Community Partnership.

Her work often involves qualitative research or “mixed methods” to better understand issues from patient or community member perspectives, followed by interventions that can be successful and sustainable in community and clinical settings. Dr. James has received funding from the American Cancer Society and the National Institutes of Health for her work.

Dr. James is also active in training the next generation of researchers, public health practitioners, and clinician-scientists. She teaches Applied Qualitative Methods for Clinical and Health Research and Ethics in Clinical Research. She leads the postdoctoral training efforts of the Division of Public Health Sciences.

Dr. James welcomes inquiries from medical students and graduate students looking for research or practicum experiences.