Karen Ann Kaiser, PhD

Karen Ann Kaiser, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Medical Social Sciences



625 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2700
Chicago IL 60611

k-kaiser( at )northwestern.edu

Education and Certification

PhD: Indiana University, Sociology (2006)


Description of Interests

Dr. Kaiser’s research focuses on patient understandings of disease, screening and treatment decision making, breast cancer, health disparities, patient reported outcome measure development, and patient experiences with serious illness. Dr. Kaiser has extensive training and experience in mixed methods research and she utilizes a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods in her work. Currently, she is principal investigator of the NCI-funded study, “Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy: The Patient Decision-Making Process” (1R21CA175950-01A1). The objective of this mixed-methods study is to better understand patients’ and breast surgeons’ perspectives regarding contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) and identify factors leading a growing number of women to choose CPM.

Interests (Keywords)

Cancer Communications; Cancer: Breast; Health Disparities; Qualitative research methods; Quality of Life

Research and Publications

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