Suepattra May-Slater, PhD
Associate Director, Policy & Economics
Dr. May-Slater is an expert in medical anthropology and qualitative research methods. At PHE, Dr. May-Slater’s work incorporates a spectrum of qualitative research methods across diverse therapeutic areas and topics ranging from oncology to vaccines to treatment decision-making and patient-reported outcomes (PROs). Her work includes designing focus groups and developing surveys to investigate provider and patient preferences for treatment, the incorporation of PROs in clinical trials, and the design and conduct of in-depth interviews with healthcare stakeholders on healthcare delivery and patient outcomes. Prior to her work at PHE, Dr. May-Slater served as an Assistant Research Anthropologist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute. In this role, Dr. May-Slater led studies on patient engagement, treatment decision-making, and patient-centered outcomes research. Prior to and during graduate study, Dr. May-Slater worked in various research positions at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and other institutions honing her qualitative data collection and anthropological analyses expertise.
PhD, Medical Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley & San Francisco
MPH, Health Services, University of Washington
BA, International Studies, University of Washington
ASSOCIATED CASE STUDIES
- Frosch DL, et al. Authoritarian physicians and patients’ fear of being labeled ‘difficult’ among key obstacles to shared decision making. Health Aff (Millwood). 2012.
- Fuhr JP, et al. Product naming, pricing, and market uptake of biosimilars. GaBI J. 2015.
- Lin GA, et al. An effort to spread decision aids in five California primary care practices yielded low distribution, highlighting hurdles. Health Aff (Millwood). 2013.
- Shafrin J, et al. Access to credible information on schizophrenia patients’ medication adherence by prescribers can change their treatment strategies: evidence from an online survey of providers. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2017.
- Ton TGN, et al. The financial burden and health care utilization patterns associated with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Alzheimers Dement. 2017.