RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Area(s) of Expertise:Social networks, social factors, lifestyle factors, psychosocial factors, and cancer outcomes
Candyce Kroenke, MPH, ScD is a Research Scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. Dr. Kroenke’s work examines the influence of social determinants of health, particularly social networks, on cancer outcomes. She has a K07 to examine the impact of social networks on breast cancer treatment, and survival, which will include the development and evaluation of a social networks as a vital sign (SVS) tool to help identify breast cancer patients who are isolated.
Related interests include determining how psychosocial and lifestyle factors may help to explain breast cancer survival differences in White vs. African-American women and whether social networks help to explain better breast cancer outcomes in Hispanic and Asian women. Dr. Kroenke is broadly interested in biobehavioral influences on aging and chronic disease development in women across the life course. Dr. Kroenke received her doctorate in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and her Master’s and undergraduate degrees in Epidemiology and Sociology from the University of Minnesota.