Dr. Caryn Peterson
Dr. Caryn Peterson is a Research Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. She is also the Co-Director for UIC’s Cancer Education and Career Development Program. Her epidemiologic training has been in cancer and infectious disease epidemiology. Dr. Peterson’s research and publications have focused on determinants of racial/ethnic disparities in cancer outcomes, including cervical, ovarian, and head and neck cancers, as well as Human Papillomavirus. Through the development of a new doctoral-level course in Social Epidemiology, she has expanded her research to include social determinants of health—in particular, the contribution to health disparities of factors beyond the individual-level (i.e., multilevel analysis). Dr. Peterson has experience with large data sets, such as SEER Research Data and National Cancer Database, to analyze trends in cancer incidence and survival, as well as expertise in the analytical methods used in research in social epidemiology. Prior to pursuing her M.S. and Ph.D. in epidemiology, she spent more than eight years working in the healthcare industry. As a member of senior management, Dr. Peterson acquired skills that inform the conduct of her research, including developing and launching new products and services, managing a professional staff, and collaborating with a variety of business partners. As a research faculty member, she has developed a strong cross-disciplinary team of collaborators in epidemiology, biostatistics, oncology, behavioral science, and sociology.