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Galen Joseph, PhD

Title(s)Professor, Anthro, History, Social Med
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address3333 California Street
San Francisco CA 94118
Phone415-514-9421
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    University of California, Santa CruzPhD06/1999Cultural Anthropology
    Wesleyan University, Middletown, CTBA05/1988Anthropology

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    Dr. Galen Joseph, Ph.D. is a Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She is also a member of the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Affiliate Faculty with the Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital. Her research, at the intersection of medical anthropology and public health, investigates the socio-cultural and institutional dimensions of inequities in cancer care by using mixed methods and community based participatory research. Key areas of interest include: health disparities, genomic medicine, translational medicine, clinical trials recruitment, clinical trials education, health communication and health literacy, cancer, migration, globalization, and identity.

    Dr. Joseph is a founding member of the International Network for the Comparative understanding of BRCA breast cancer gene research and medical practices, an interdisciplinary working group which aims to understand the development of research and medical practices related to the BRCA genes in multiple national contexts. Along with other members of the group, Dr. Joseph edited the recently published a volume of essays "Breast Cancer Gene Research and Medical Practices: Transnational perspectives in the time of BRCA" (Routledge 2014). Prior to her work at UCSF, she received her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Migration, Globalization and Citizenship at Yale University’s Center for International & Area Studies.
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    Precision Genomics in the WISDOM Pragmatic Clinical Trial: An Embedded ELSI Study of Risk-based Breast Cancer Screening
    NIH/NCI R01CA211999Jan 12, 2017 - Dec 31, 2021
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Comparison of 3 Modes of Genetic Counseling in High-Risk Public Hospital Patients
    NIH/NCI R01CA197784Apr 12, 2016 - Mar 31, 2021
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Exome sequencing in Diverse Populations in Colorado & Oregon
    NIH U01HG007292Jun 14, 2013 - May 31, 2021
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Engaging Underserved Women in Health Research
    California Breast Cancer Research Program 20BB-2100

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    1. Lessons Learned about Harmonizing Survey Measures for the CSER Consortium. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. 2020 Apr 24; 1-33. Katrina A.B. Goddard, Frank A.N. Angelo, Sara L. Ackerman, Jonathan S. Berg, Barbara B. Biesecker, Maria I. Danila, Kelly M. East, Lucia A. Hindorff, Carol R. Horowitz, Jessica Ezzell Hunter, Galen Joseph, Sara J. Knight, Amy McGuire, Kristin R. Muessig, Jeffrey Ou, Simon Outram, Elizabeth J. Rahn, Michelle A. Ramos, Christine Rini, Jill O. Robinson, Hadley Stevens Smith, Margaret Waltz, Sandra Soo-Jin Lee. .
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    2. Self-monitoring and reminder text messages to increase physical activity in colorectal cancer survivors (Smart Pace): a pilot randomized controlled trial. BMC Cancer. 2019 Mar 11; 19(1):218. Van Blarigan EL, Chan H, Van Loon K, Kenfield SA, Chan JM, Mitchell E, Zhang L, Paciorek A, Joseph G, Laffan A, Atreya CE, Fukuoka Y, Miaskowski C, Meyerhardt JA, Venook AP. PMID: 30866859.
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    3. Engaging limited English proficient and ethnically diverse low-income women in health research: A randomized trial of a patient navigator intervention. Patient Educ Couns. 2019 07; 102(7):1313-1323. Nickell A, Stewart SL, Burke NJ, Guerra C, Cohen E, Lawlor C, Colen S, Cheng J, Joseph G. PMID: 30772115.
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    4. Effective communication in the era of precision medicine: A pilot intervention with low health literacy patients to improve genetic counseling communication. Eur J Med Genet. 2019 May; 62(5):357-367. Joseph G, Lee R, Pasick RJ, Guerra C, Schillinger D, Rubin S. PMID: 30553023.
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    5. Genetic Counselor and Healthcare Interpreter Perspectives on the Role of Interpreters in Cancer Genetic Counseling. Health Commun. 2019 11; 34(13):1608-1618. Lara-Otero K, Weil J, Guerra C, Cheng JKY, Youngblom J, Joseph G. PMID: 30230379.
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    6. The Clinical Sequencing Evidence-Generating Research Consortium: Integrating Genomic Sequencing in Diverse and Medically Underserved Populations. Am J Hum Genet. 2018 09 06; 103(3):319-327. Amendola LM, Berg JS, Horowitz CR, Angelo F, Bensen JT, Biesecker BB, Biesecker LG, Cooper GM, East K, Filipski K, Fullerton SM, Gelb BD, Goddard KAB, Hailu B, Hart R, Hassmiller-Lich K, Joseph G, Kenny EE, Koenig BA, Knight S, Kwok PY, Lewis KL, McGuire AL, Norton ME, Ou J, Parsons DW, Powell BC, Risch N, Robinson M, Rini C, Scollon S, Slavotinek AM, Veenstra DL, Wasserstein MP, Wilfond BS, Hindorff LA, Plon SE, Jarvik GP. PMID: 30193136.
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    7. Being Present: A single-arm feasibility study of audio-based mindfulness meditation for colorectal cancer patients and caregivers. PLoS One. 2018; 13(7):e0199423. Atreya CE, Kubo A, Borno HT, Rosenthal B, Campanella M, Rettger JP, Joseph G, Allen IE, Venook AP, Altschuler A, Dhruva A. PMID: 30036361.
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    8. Effect of physical activity trackers and daily text messages on quality-of-life in colorectal survivors (Smart Pace): A pilot randomized controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2018 Mar 1; 36(7_suppl):168-168. Hilary Chan, Katherine Van Loon, Stacey A. Kenfield, June M. Chan, Emily Mitchell, Li Zhang, Alan T Paciorek, Galen Joseph, Angela Laffan, Yoshimi Fukuoka, Christine Miaskowski, Jeffrey A. Meyerhardt, Alan P. Venook, Erin Van Blarigan. .
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    9. Self-monitoring and reminder text messages to increase physical activity after colorectal cancer (CRC): A pilot randomized controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2018 Feb 1; 36(4_suppl):615-615. Erin Van Blarigan, Katherine Van Loon, Stacey A. Kenfield, June M. Chan, Emily Mitchell, Hilary Chan, Li Zhang, Alan Paciorek, Galen Joseph, Angela Laffan, Yoshimi Fukuoka, Christine Miaskowski, Jeffrey A. Meyerhardt, Alan P. Venook. .
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    10. Effect of physical activity trackers and daily text messages on quality-of-life in colorectal survivors (Smart Pace): A pilot randomized controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2018 Feb 1; 36(4_suppl):559-559. Hilary Chan, Katherine Van Loon, Stacey A. Kenfield, June M. Chan, Emily Mitchell, Li Zhang, Alan Paciorek, Galen Joseph, Angela Laffan, Yoshimi Fukuoka, Christine Miaskowski, Jeffrey A. Meyerhardt, Alan P. Venook, Erin Van Blarigan. .
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    11. Cancer genetic counseling communication with low-income Chinese immigrants. J Community Genet. 2018 Jul; 9(3):263-276. Cheng JKY, Guerra C, Pasick RJ, Schillinger D, Luce J, Joseph G. PMID: 29197036.
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    12. Erratum to: Information Mismatch: Cancer Risk Counseling with Diverse Underserved Patients. J Genet Couns. 2017 10; 26(5):1105. Joseph G, Pasick RJ, Schillinger D, Luce J, Guerra C, Cheng JKY. PMID: 28432537.
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    13. Cancer Counseling of Low-Income Limited English Proficient Latina Women Using Medical Interpreters: Implications for Shared Decision-Making. J Genet Couns. 2018 02; 27(1):155-168. Kamara D, Weil J, Youngblom J, Guerra C, Joseph G. PMID: 28791541.
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    14. Information Mismatch: Cancer Risk Counseling with Diverse Underserved Patients. J Genet Couns. 2017 Oct; 26(5):1090-1104. Joseph G, Pasick RJ, Schillinger D, Luce J, Guerra C, Cheng JKY. PMID: 28289853.
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    15. Effective Cancer Risk Communication to Prevent Disparities in the Era of Precision Medicine. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention. 2017 Mar 1; 26(3):433-433. G Joseph, RJ Pasick, D Schillinger, J Luce, JKY Cheng, C Guerra. .
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    16. Newborn Sequencing in Genomic Medicine and Public Health. Pediatrics. 2017 Feb; 139(2). Berg JS, Agrawal PB, Bailey DB, Beggs AH, Brenner SE, Brower AM, Cakici JA, Ceyhan-Birsoy O, Chan K, Chen F, Currier RJ, Dukhovny D, Green RC, Harris-Wai J, Holm IA, Iglesias B, Joseph G, Kingsmore SF, Koenig BA, Kwok PY, Lantos J, Leeder SJ, Lewis MA, McGuire AL, Milko LV, Mooney SD, Parad RB, Pereira S, Petrikin J, Powell BC, Powell CM, Puck JM, Rehm HL, Risch N, Roche M, Shieh JT, Veeraraghavan N, Watson MS, Willig L, Yu TW, Urv T, Wise AL. PMID: 28096516.
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    17. Survivorship Care Plan Information Needs: Perspectives of Safety-Net Breast Cancer Patients. PLoS One. 2016; 11(12):e0168383. Burke NJ, Napoles TM, Banks PJ, Orenstein FS, Luce JA, Joseph G. PMID: 27992491.
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    18. Validation of an Efficient Screening Tool to Identify Low-Income Women at High Risk for Hereditary Breast Cancer. Public Health Genomics. 2016; 19(6):342-351. Stewart SL, Kaplan CP, Lee R, Joseph G, Karliner L, Livaudais-Toman J, Pasick RJ. PMID: 27788513.
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    19. Effective Referral of Low-Income Women at Risk for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer to Genetic Counseling: A Randomized Delayed Intervention Control Trial. Am J Public Health. 2016 Oct; 106(10):1842-8. Pasick RJ, Joseph G, Stewart S, Kaplan C, Lee R, Luce J, Davis S, Marquez T, Nguyen T, Guerra C. PMID: 27552275.
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    20. Parental Views on Expanded Newborn Screening Using Whole-Genome Sequencing. Pediatrics. 2016 Jan; 137 Suppl 1:S36-46. Joseph G, Chen F, Harris-Wai J, Puck JM, Young C, Koenig BA. PMID: 26729702.
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    21. Educating low-SES and LEP survivors about breast cancer research: pilot test of the Health Research Engagement Intervention. J Cancer Educ. 2014 Dec; 29(4):746-52. Nickell A, Burke NJ, Cohen E, Caprio M, Joseph G. PMID: 24744119.
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    22. To worry or not to worry: breast cancer genetic counseling communication with low-income Latina immigrants. J Community Genet. 2015 Jan; 6(1):63-76. Joseph G, Guerra C. PMID: 25148879.
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    23. Breast Cancer Gene Research and Medical Practices: Transnational Perspectives in the Time of BRCA. 2014. Sahra Gibbon, Galen Joseph, Jessica Mozersky, Andrea zur Nieden, Sonja Palfner, Editors.
    24. Breast Cancer Gene Research and Medical Practices: Transnational Perspectives in the Time of BRCA. Gibbon S, Joseph G, Mozersky J, zur Nieden A, Palfner S, Editors. Genetics to the People: BRCA as public health and the dissemination of cancer risk knowledge. 2014. View Publication.
    25. Lynch syndrome patients' views of and preferences for return of results following whole exome sequencing. J Genet Couns. 2014 Aug; 23(4):539-51. Hitch K, Joseph G, Guiltinan J, Kianmahd J, Youngblom J, Blanco A. PMID: 24449059.
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    26. Efficient identification of low-income Asian American women at high risk for hepatitis B. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013 Nov; 24(4):1701-16. Joseph G, Nguyen K, Nguyen T, Stewart S, Davis S, Kevany S, Marquez T, Pasick R. PMID: 24185165.
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    27. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved August 2013. Genetic Counseling, Cancer Screening, Breast Cancer Characteristics and General Health among a Diverse Population of BRCA Genetic Testers. 2013; 24(3). Beattie MS, Kopeland C, Fehniger J, Joseph G, Cheung E, Lee R, Luce J. .
    28. Genetic counseling, cancer screening, breast cancer characteristics, and general health among a diverse population of BRCA genetic testers. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013 Aug; 24(3):1150-66. Beattie MS, Copeland K, Fehniger J, Cheung E, Joseph G, Lee R, Luce J. PMID: 23974388.
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    29. Family communication of BRCA1/2 results and family uptake of BRCA1/2 testing in a diverse population of BRCA1/2 carriers. J Genet Couns. 2013 Oct; 22(5):603-12. Fehniger J, Lin F, Beattie MS, Joseph G, Kaplan C. PMID: 23666114.
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    30. Recruitment practices and the politics of inclusion in cancer clinical trials. Med Anthropol Q. 2012 Sep; 26(3):338-60. Joseph G, Dohan D. PMID: 23259347.
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    31. Public Health Genomics. Efficient Identification and Referral of Low-Income Women at High Risk for Hereditary Breast Cancer: A Practice-Based Approach. 2012; (15):172-180. Joseph G, Kaplan C, Luce J, Lee R, Stewart S, Guerra C, Pasick R.
    32. Case studies in the co-production of populations and genetics: The making of ‘at risk populations’ in BRCA genetics. BioSocieties. 2010 Dec 1; 5(4):415-439. Jessica Mozersky, Galen Joseph. .
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    33. Special section: Perspectives on globalising genomics: The case of ‘BRCA’ breast cancer research and medical practice. BioSocieties. 2010 Dec 1; 5(4):407-414. Sahra Gibbon, Galen Joseph, Ute Kalender, Eirini Kampriani, Jessica Mozersky, Andrea zur Nieden, Sonja Palfner. .
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    34. Pre-counseling education for low literacy women at risk of Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC): patient experiences using the Cancer Risk Education Intervention Tool (CREdIT). J Genet Couns. 2010 Oct; 19(5):447-62. Joseph G, Beattie MS, Lee R, Braithwaite D, Wilcox C, Metrikin M, Lamvik K, Luce J. PMID: 20490636.
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    35. BioSocieties. Perspectives on globalising genomics: The case of ‘BRCA’ breast cancer research and medical practice. 2010; 4(5):407-414. Gibbon S, Joseph G, Kalender U, Kampriani E, Mozersky J, Nieden AZ and Palfner S.
    36. BioSocieties. Case Studies in the Co-Production of Populations and Genetics: the Making of 'At Risk' Populations. 2010; 4(5):415-439. Mozersky J and Joseph G..
    37. Behavioral theory in a diverse society: like a compass on Mars. Health Educ Behav. 2009 Oct; 36(5 Suppl):11S-35S. Pasick RJ, Burke NJ, Barker JC, Joseph G, Bird JA, Otero-Sabogal R, Tuason N, Stewart SL, Rakowski W, Clark MA, Washington PK, Guerra C. PMID: 19805789.
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    38. Theorizing social context: rethinking behavioral theory. Health Educ Behav. 2009 Oct; 36(5 Suppl):55S-70S. Burke NJ, Joseph G, Pasick RJ, Barker JC. PMID: 19805791.
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    39. Perceived susceptibility to illness and perceived benefits of preventive care: an exploration of behavioral theory constructs in a transcultural context. Health Educ Behav. 2009 Oct; 36(5 Suppl):71S-90S. Joseph G, Burke NJ, Tuason N, Barker JC, Pasick RJ. PMID: 19805792.
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    40. Adult daughters' influence on mothers' health-related decision making: an expansion of the subjective norms construct. Health Educ Behav. 2009 Oct; 36(5 Suppl):129S-44S. Washington PK, Burke NJ, Joseph G, Guerra C, Pasick RJ. PMID: 19805795.
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    41. Intention, subjective norms, and cancer screening in the context of relational culture. Health Educ Behav. 2009 Oct; 36(5 Suppl):91S-110S. Pasick RJ, Barker JC, Otero-Sabogal R, Burke NJ, Joseph G, Guerra C. PMID: 19805793.
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    42. Behavioral Theory and Culture Special Issue: Authors’ Response to Commentaries. Health Education & Behavior. 2009 Oct 1; 36(5_suppl):167s-171s. Rena J. Pasick, Nancy J. Burke, Galen Joseph. .
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    43. Recruiting minorities where they receive care: Institutional barriers to cancer clinical trials recruitment in a safety-net hospital. Contemp Clin Trials. 2009 Nov; 30(6):552-9. Joseph G, Dohan D. PMID: 19580887.
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    44. Diversity of participants in clinical trials in an academic medical center: the role of the 'Good Study Patient?'. Cancer. 2009 Feb 01; 115(3):608-15. Joseph G, Dohan D. PMID: 19127544.
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    45. Recruiting low-income healthy women to research: an exploratory study. Ethn Health. 2007 Nov; 12(5):497-519. Joseph G, Kaplan CP, Pasick RJ. PMID: 17978946.
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    46. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. Taking Race Seriously: Whiteness in Argentina's National and Transnational Imaginary. 2000; 3(7). Joseph G..
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