Debora Paterniti

  • Debora PaternitiLecturer in Sociology
  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis
  • AHRQ Policy Fellowship, Yale School of Medicine

Contact Information:

Email: TBA
Voicemail: TBA
Fax: 707.664.3920
Office: Stevenson 2084

Areas of Expertise:

Research Methods, Medical Sociology, Social Psychology, Social Welfare, Health Inequities, Health Policy, Bioethics, Evaluation and Community-based Research.

Academic Interests:

Dr. Paterniti is a medical sociologist with expertise in qualitative and mixed-methods research, including research design, thematic and textual analyses; intervention development; and social psychological factors related to models of health, care and decision-making. Her work has focused on physician-patient communication, patient decision making, and health care disparities, emphasizing examination of disparities due to age, race/ethnicity, and gender in care provision and access. As an applied sociologist, she has worked with interdisciplinary teams in medicine to develop communication-based interventions for physicians and various communities to enhance information, increase health knowledge and self-efficacy, and prompt communication between patients and healthcare providers. Her most current projects include (1) examination of physician-patient discussions about dietary supplements; (2) evaluation of the impact of the Mental Health Services Act on racial/ethnic disparities in mental health treatment; and (3)developing strategies to incorporate mindfulness into research and clinical practices. She is a Deputy Editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and a member of the editorial board of Health.

Course Offerings:

  • SOCI 300: Sociological Research Methods

Selected Publications:

Tarn DM, Paterniti DA, Good J, Coulter ID, Galliher JM, Kravitz RL, Karlamangla AS, Wenger NS. 2013. Physician-Patient Communication about Dietary Supplements. Patient Education and Counseling (in press).

Kravitz RL, Paterniti DA, Epstein RM, Rochlen AB, Bell RA, Cipri CS, Fernandez y Garcia E, Feldman MD, Duberstein PR. 2011. Organizational and Relational Barriers to Depression Help-Seeking in Primary Care: A Qualitative Study. Patient Education and Counseling. Feb;82(2):207-13.

Li ST, Paterniti DA, Co JP, West DC. 2010. Successful self-directed lifelong learning in medicine: a conceptual model derived from qualitative analysis of a national survey of pediatric residents. Academic Medicine. Jul;85(7):1229-36.

Paterniti DA, Fancher TL, Cipri CS, Timmermans S, Heritage J, Kravitz RL. 2010. Getting to “No”: Strategies
Physicians Use to Deny Patient Requests. Archives of Internal Medicine 22; 170(4):381-8. February.

Paterniti DA, Pan R J, Smith LF, Horan NM, West DC. 2006. From Physician-Centered to Community-Oriented Perspectives on Health Care: Assessing the Efficacy of Community-based Training. Academic Medicine 81:347-353. March.

Paterniti DA, Melnikow J, Nuovo J, Henderson S, DeGregorio M, Kuppermann M, Nease R. 2005. Tamoxifen for Breast Cancer Risk Reduction: Women’s Perspectives. Ethnicity and Disease 15(3) Summer.

Paterniti DA. 2004. A Second Opinion. Contexts: Understanding People in Their Social Worlds 3(3):56-7. Summer.

Paterniti DA. 2003. Claiming Identity in a Nursing Home. In J Gubrium and J Holstein. Ways of Aging. Blackwell Publishers, pp.58-74.

Charmaz K, Paterniti DA, eds. 1999. Health, Illness, and Healing: Society, Social Context, and Self. Los Angeles: Roxbury Publishing Company.