Patricia Miranda

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Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Administration and Demography

Contact Information

601D Ford Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-2905


Ph.D., 2008, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health
M.P.H., 2003, University of Michigan School of Public Health
B.A., 2001, Sociology and Anthropology, Trinity University (San Antonio, TX)

Research Interests

Social and cultural determinants of population health; health disparities; vulnerable populations; Latino populations; and cancer prevention.

Professional Experience

2013: Chair, American Public Health Association Latino Caucus Science Program

2011-2013: Co-Chair, American Public Health Association Latino Caucus Science Program

2010-2011: Kellogg Health Scholars Program Annual Networking Meeting, Planning Committee, Member

2010: Outstanding New Community Public Health Professional, Awarded by the Latino Caucus of American Public Health Association

2010: Graduate Summer Session in Epidemiology, University of Michigan School of Public Health: Molecular Epidemiology of Cancer (Dr. Robert Milikan, University of North Carolina) and Evolutionary Epidemiology (Dr. Randolph Nesse, University of Michigan)

2008-2010: Kellogg Health Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Health Disparities Research, Center for Research on Minority Health

Selected Publications

Reyes, Adriana* and Patricia Y. Miranda. Trends in cancer screening by citizenship and health insurance, 2000-2010. Accepted August 7, 2014, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

Yao, Nengliang, Patricia Y. Miranda, Cathy J. Bradley. Impact of the 2009 United States Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations for Breast Cancer Screening on Utilization of Mammography: A Longitudinal Data Analysis. Accepted August 5, 2014, Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Njai, Rashid and Patricia Y. Miranda. An evaluation of sociocultural stress and coping: Black American social identities as mediators for acceptance coping. Accepted February 27, 2014, Journal of Race and Policy.

BeLue, Rhonda, Patricia Y. Miranda, Bilikisu Elewonibi, Marianne Hillemeier. Reasons for and barriers to obtaining insurance among US children: The role of generation status. Accepted March 24, 2014, Pediatrics.

Zenk, Shannon, Amy Schulz, Barbara Israel, Graciela Mentz, Patricia Y. Miranda, Alisha Opperman, Angela Odoms-Young. Food shopping and exposure to discrimination. Accepted February 13, 2013, Public Health Nutrition.

Viruell-Fuentes, Edna, Patricia Y. Miranda, Sawsan, Abdulrahim. More than culture: Structural racism, intersectionality theory, and immigrant health. Social Science and Medicine 2012;75:2099-2106. PMID: 22386617

Miranda, Patricia Y., Wassim Tarraf, Patricia Gonzalez, William Vega, Hector Gonzalez. Using colorectal trends in the U.S. to identify unmet primary care needs of vulnerable populations. Preventive Medicine 2012;55:131-136. PMID: 22659226

Haile, Robert W., Esther M. John, A. Joan Levine, Victoria K. Cortessis, Jennifer B. Unger, Melissa Gonzales, Elad Ziv, Patricia Thompson, Donna Spruijt-Metz, Katherine L. Tucker, Jonine L. Bernstein, Thomas E. Rohan, Gloria Y.F. Ho, Melissa L. Bondy, Elena Martinez, Linda Cook, Mariana C. Stern, Marcia Cruz Correa, Jonelle Wright, Seth J. Schwartz, Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, Victoria Blinder, Patricia Y. Miranda, Richard Hayes, George Friedman-Jimenez, Kristine R. Monroe, Christopher Haiman, Brian E. Henderson, Duncan C. Thomas, Paolo Boffetta. A review of cancer in U.S. Hispanic populations. Cancer Prevention Research 2012;5:150-163. PMID: 22307564.

Miranda, Patricia Y., Wassim Tarraf, Patricia Gonzalez, Michelle Johnson-Jennings, Hector M. Gonzalez. Breast cancer screening trends in the United States and ethnicity. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention 2012; 21:351-357. PMID: 22147364.

Tarraf, Wassim, Patricia Y. Miranda, Hector M. Gonzalez. Medical expenditures among immigrant and non-immigrant groups in the United States: Trends analysis from the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey (2000-2008). Medical Care 2012; 50(3):233-242. PMID: 22222383.

Curriculum Vitae

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Center Affiliations

  • Center for Health Care and Policy Research

Strategic Themes

  • Domains of Health and Behavior
  • Populations of Special Interest