Faculty Profile

Denise  Anthony, PhD

Denise Anthony, PhD

  • Chair, Health Management and Policy
  • Professor, Health Management and Policy
  • Professor, Department of Sociology
  • Professor, School of Information

  • M3174, SPH II
  • 1415 Washington Heights
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Denise Anthony is Department Chair and Professor of Health Management & Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. She also holds appointments in the Department of Sociology and the School of Information.

Professor Anthony’s research explores social dynamics of cooperation, trust and privacy, and how those dynamics shape the use of technologies, as well as the data produced via those technologies.  While new technologies offer potential to improve health and other aspects of life across populations, they may also produce unintended harms, including exacerbating health disparities, or enabling data flows that violate expectations of privacy or create security risks. Her multi-disciplinary research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and others, and published in sociology as well as in health policy and computer science journals, including among others the American Sociological Review, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Health Affairs, and IEEE Pervasive Computing. Some of her current projects include research on racial disparities in the use of telehealth during COVID, the role of trust in the use of health technologies, and examining the security and privacy implications of Smart Homes as part of the National Science Foundation funded SPLICE Project.

Professor Anthony holds a PhD in Sociology. Prior to joining the University of Michigan in 2018, she was Professor and past-Chair (2007-11) in the Department of Sociology at Dartmouth College. From 2014-17 she served as Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives at Dartmouth.

  • HMP 600: The Health Services System I
  • HMP 649: Critical Policy Issues in Health IT

  • PhD, Sociology, University of Connecticut, 1997
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Connecticut, 1991
  • B.A., Sociology and International Studies, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1990 

Dr. Anthony’s current research projects:

  • SPLICE: Security and Privacy in the Lifecycle of IoT for Consumer Environments

  • Disparities in telehealth and other health information technologies

  • Trust and technology use (among consumers, patients, healthcare providers)

  • Role of health information technologies in health care quality, clinical practice, and patient outcomes

  • Socio-technical aspects of Smart and embedded cameras: implications for privacy and security

  • Role of privacy in social interactions and outcome

Some of her recent papers include:

2020 Campos-Castillo, Celeste, Denise Anthony. “Racial and Ethnic Differences in Self-Reported Telehealth Use during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Secondary Analysis of a U.S. Survey of Internet Users from Late March.” Journal of American Medical Informatics Association. https://doi.org/10.1093/jamia/ocaa221

2020 Iott, Bradly, Raj, Minakshi, Platt, Jodyn, Anthony, Denise. “Family Caregiver Access of Online Medical Records: Findings from the Health Information National Trends Survey.” J General Internal Medicine  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-020-06350-8

2020 Hoyle, Roberto, Apu Kapadia, David Crandall, Luke Stark, Denise Anthony. "Privacy Norms and Preferences for Photos Posted Online.” Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction. https://doi.org/10.1145/3380960

2019 Campos-Castillo, Celeste, Denise Anthony. 2019. “Situated Trust in a Physician: Patient Health Characteristics & Trust in Physician Confidentiality.” The Sociological Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1080/00380253.2018.1547174

2018 Anthony, Denise, Celeste Campos-Castillo, Paulina Lim. 2018. “Who isn’t using patient portals and why? Evidence and Implications from a national sample of U.S. adults.” Health Affairs. 37(12): 1948-54. https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/abs/10.1377/hlthaff.2018.05117

2018 Stablein, Timothy, Keith J. Loud, Christopher DiCapua, Denise L. Anthony. 2018. “The Catch to Confidentiality: The use of Electronic Health Records in Adolescent Health Care.” Journal of Adolescent Health. 62: 577–582. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2017.11.296

2017 Anthony, Denise L., Celeste Campos-Castillo, Christine Horne. 2017. “Toward a Sociology of Privacy.” Annual Review of Sociology 43: 249-269. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-soc-060116-053643

2017 Walton, Emily and Denise L. Anthony. 2017. “Do You Want to See a Doctor for That? Contextualizing Racial and Ethnic Differences in Care-Seeking.” Research in the Sociology of Health Care Volume 35: 249-278. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0275-495920170000035013

2017 Kuwabara, Ko, Denise L. Anthony, Christine Horne. 2017. “In the Shade of a Forest: Status, Reputation, and Ambiguity in an Online Microcredit Market." Social Science Research 64:96-118. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2016.09.027

2016 Anthony, Denise L. and Timothy Stablein. 2016. “Privacy in Practice: Professional discourse about information control in health care.” Journal of Health Organizations and Management 30(2): 207 – 226. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JHOM-12-2014-0220

2015 Davis, Matthew A., Denise L. Anthony, Scott D. Pauls. 2015. “Seeking and receiving social support on Facebook for surgery.” Social Science and Medicine 131:40 – 47. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953615001306#

2015 Stablein, Timothy, Joseph Hall, Chauna Pervis* and Denise L. Anthony. 2015. “Negotiating Stigma in Health Care: Disclosure and the Role of Electronic Health Records.” Health Sociology Review 24(3): 227-241. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14461242.2015.1078218

2015 Anthony, Denise, Timothy Stablein, and Emily K. Carian*. 2015. “Big Brother in the Information Age.” IEEE Security & Privacy 13(4):12-19. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?arnumber=7180221&filter%3DAND%28p_IS_Number%3A7180218%29

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