Shoba Ramanadhan

Shoba Ramanadhan

Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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I am a behavioral scientist with expertise in implementation science, cancer disparities, and community-based participatory research. My work focuses on strengthening systems in underserved communities to leverage the best available evidence for cancer prevention and control. 

My research falls into three streams. First, I design and evaluate workforce development interventions to promote the use of research evidence within community-based organizations in the US and India. This work also includes examinations of the impacts of staff social networks on the uptake and use of research evidence. Second, I study the adaptation of evidence-based cancer prevention and control programs for use in underserved communities in the US and India. My goal is to design practice-focused guidelines for strategic adaptation so that implementing organizations can increase the impact of available interventions for underserved communities. The third stream of my work focuses on methods to incorporate practitioner expertise into the cancer prevention and control evidence base more effectively. This work includes evaluations of strategies to identify and engage critical implementation stakeholders as well as technology-based methods to gather stakeholder insight efficiently.

Before joining the Harvard faculty, I spent ten years as a Senior Scientist in the Center for Community-Based Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. I completed my postdoctoral training at the Yale School of Public Health and received my ScD from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, MPH from the Yale School of Public Health, and BS from Cornell University. I was a Fulbright Scholar to India from 2001-2002.