Dr. Bruce Rapkin

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Dr Rapkin is professor in the division of community collaboration and implementation science in the department of epidemiology and population health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and director of cancer prevention and control research at the Albert Einstein Cancer Center. He received his doctorate in community and clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Rapkin’s research focuses on access to care and quality of life for diverse, medically-underserved patients, families and communities. His primary emphasis is on the development of community-academic partnerships to reduce barriers and improve standard of care. He has led several projects to develop strategies to promote evidence-based practice through collaborative research.

More recently, Dr. Rapkin and colleagues initiated a Prospective Study of Quality of Life in Patients with Invasive Bladder Cancer, to examine how differences in appraisal affect quality of life and adaptation to three different options for surgical reconstruction (funded by Memorial Sloan-Kettering dept. of surgery).

Dr. Rapkin’s collaborative research with community organizations, public health systems and health providers has led to the development of new research designs and assessment methodology to promote evidenced-based interventions in public health. In particular, he has been working on participatory approaches that use both process and outcomes data to support community-based interventions. Dr. Rapkin is a member of the Response Shift Special Interest Group of the International Society for Quality of Life Research, the NIMH Consortium on HIV/AIDS and the Family, and serves on the American Cancer Society’s National Council for Extramural Research.

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