Dr. Patel is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior & Health Education. She completed her M.P.H and Ph.D. in HBHE at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the faculty in HBHE, Dr. Patel had worked extensively in clinical research settings at the University of California, San Diego and the University of California, San Francisco on work related to the behavioral management of chronic diseases in children and adults. She has extensive experience working with large national datasets and clinical trial data. Broadly, Dr. Patel's research focuses on optimizing the management and prevention of common chronic diseases through a) identification of factors that influence poor behavioral and health outcomes at multiple levels of influence, and b) the development and evaluation of behavioral interventions in disparity populations to improve outcomes. A particular emphasis of her work is access to care, health care navigation, and health-related financial toxicity. Dr. Patel's work is primarily situated in in a broad range of health care and health care delivery settings. She is particularly interested in methods of intervention that utilize e-health and m-health technologies, and community engagement. In 2017, Dr. Patel received the Early Career Achievement award from the Behavioral Sciences and Health Services Research Assembly of the American Thoracic Society.
Dr. Patel is a member of the Michigan Center for Diabetes and Translational Research and the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. She is also the Middle East and North African (MENA) Community Liaison for the Rogel Cancer Center.
- HBEHED600: Psychosocial Factors in Health-Related Behavior
- HBEHED641: Materials and Methods in Health Education Programs
- HBEHED710: Confronting and Addressing Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health Care
- Ph.D., Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan, 2013
- M.P.H, Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan, 2009
- B.A., Psychology, University of California, San Diego, 2006
Research Interests & Projects
Dr. Patel's funded and ongoing projects focus on:
- Financial toxicity with managing chronic disease and cost-related non-adherence; the design and evaluation of behavioral interventions to improve patient-provider communication around these burdens, access to care and social determinants, and adherence to treatment regimens.
- Health insurance literacy and care navigation in health disparity populations.
- Provider training interventions to improve collaboration and communication in health care delivery. Current projects focus on the integration of electronic health records in the clinical encounter, and increasing patient engagement with care.
- Patel MR, Vichich J, Lang I, Lin J, Zheng K. Developing an evidence-base of best practices for integrating computerized systems into the exam room: a systematic review. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 2016 Aug 18. pii: ocw121. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocw121. [Epub ahead of print]
- Patel MR, Piette JD, Resnicow K, Dobson-Kowalski T, Heisler, M. Social determinants of health, cost-related non-adherence, and cost-reducing behaviors among adults with diabetes: findings from the National Health Interview Survey. Medical Care, 2016 Aug;54(8):796-803.
- Patel MR, Kruger D, Cupal S, Zimmerman MA. Examination of financial stress and financial literacy on cost-related non-adherence behaviors among adults in a community-based setting. Preventing Chronic Disease, 2016 Apr 7;13:E46.
- Patel MR, Leo HL, Baptist AP, Cao Y, Brown RW. Adverse asthma outcomes in U.S. children and adolescents with multiple morbidities: findings from the National Health Interview Survey. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 2014 pii: S0091-6749(14)01605-4.
- Patel MR, Wheeler, JRC. Physician-patient communication on cost and affordability in asthma care: who wants to talk about it and who's actually doing it. Annals of the American Thoracic Society, 2014;11(10):1538-44.
- Patel MR, Nelson BW, Iddeen E, Caldwell CH. Beyond co-pays and out-of-pocket costs: perceptions of health-related financial burden in managing asthma among African American women. Journal of Asthma, 2014 Jul 4:1-6.
- Patel MR, Thomas LJ, Hafeez K, Shankin M, Wilkin M, Brown RW. Study protocol for improving asthma outcomes through cross-cultural communication training for physicians: a randomized trial of physician training. BMC Medical Education, 2014 Jun 16;14(1):118.
- Patel MR, Caldwell CH, Iddeen E, Clark NM. Experiences addressing health-related financial challenges with disease management among African American women with asthma. Journal of Asthma, 2014 Jun;51(5):467-73.
- Patel MR, Janevic MR, Heeringa S, Baptist AP, Clark NM. An examination of adverse asthma outcomes in U.S. adults with multiple morbidities. Annals of the American Thoracic Society, 2013 Oct;10(5):426-31.
- Patel MR, Shah S, Cabana MD, Sawyer S, Toelle B, Mellis C, Jenkins C, Brown RW, Clark NM. Translation of evidence-based asthma interventions: Physician Asthma Care Education (PACE) program in the United States and Australia. Primary Care Respiratory Journal, 2013 Mar;22(1):29-36.
- Patel MR, Coffman JM, Tseng CW, Clark NM, Cabana MD. Physician communication regarding cost when prescribing asthma medication to children. Clinical Pediatrics, 2009 Mar; 48(5): 493-498.
- American Thoracic Society
- Society of Behavioral Medicine