Isabel Scarinci, Ph.D.

Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Scarinci is a Professor of Medicine, Associate Director for Globalization and Cancer at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Associate Director for Faculty Development at the Division of Preventive Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. As a behavioral scientist, the focus of her work is on the application of behavioral science to public health by promoting behavior change at the population level. She is particularly interested in the development, implementation, and evaluation of community-based programs that are theory based and culturally relevant to underserved populations in low-resource settings. Dr. Scarinci leads a number of capacity building programs in health disparities targeting undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty in collaboration with other universities (including minority-serving institutions) in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to her work responsibilities, she is very committed to community service and has served on a number of local boards (e.g., United Way, Girls Scouts). One example of her community work is a 14-year program to promote breast and cervical cancer screening among Latina immigrants in Alabama that rely 100% on the work of committed volunteers – Sowing the Seeds of Health. Dr. Scarinci has a Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed her internship in Clinical Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Isabel is speaking at

December 1, 2020
8:30 am - 10:15 am


  • Madiha Tariq, M.P.H. (Moderator) Deputy Director, ACCESS Community Health & Research Center
  • Isabel Scarinci, Ph.D. (Panelist) Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Elektra Paskett, Ph.D. (Panelist) Marion N. Rowley Professor of Cancer Research and Director; Professor Division of Epidemiology, College of Public Health; Associate Director for Population Sciences and Community Outreach, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ohio State University, Ohio
  • Evelinn Borrayo, Ph.D. (Panelist) Professor, Colorado School of Public Health; Associate Center Director, Community Outreach & Engagement; Associate Director, Latino Research and Policy Center, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Hayley Thompson, Ph.D. (Panelist) Professor, Karmanos Cancer Institute - Wayne State University


This session will provide an overview of the work of the National Cancer Institute’s COVID-19 Survey Consortium and its work. Representatives from several comprehensive cancer centers around the country will discuss their process for collecting data on the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare, discuss how community engagement informs this work, and how the data will affect community engagement.

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