Erin Kent


Erin Kent, Ph.D., M.S. is an Epidemiologist and Program Director in the Outcomes Research Branch of the Healthcare Delivery Research Program. Prior to joining HDRP in 2012, Dr. Kent was a Cancer Prevention Fellow (CPF) in the Office of Cancer Survivorship under Dr. Julia Rowland. As a CPF, Dr. Kent worked on a number of projects, including the Follow up Care Use among Survivors (FOCUS) Study, the Assessment of Patient Experiences with Cancer Care (APECC) study, the Health, Eating, Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL) Study , and the Adolescent and Young Adult Health Outcomes and Patient Experiences (AYA HOPE) Study. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Health Science and Policy with a concentration in Epidemiology and Public Health from the School of Social Ecology, University of California-Irvine. Dr. Kent's dissertation focused on socioeconomic disparities in cancer outcomes of adolescents and young adults. She received a M.S. in Animal Behavior from San Diego State University, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California-Berkeley.

In addition to epidemiological methods, Dr. Kent has a background in mixed methods research and community-based participatory research and has worked with diverse geographic and under-represented clinical groups. Dr. Kent’s research interests include informal cancer caregiving, the social epidemiology of cancer control, and patient-reported outcome measurement and surveillance. In addition, Dr. Kent’s serves as scientific lead for the SEER-Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (SEER-MHOS) linked database on patient-reported outcomes and the SEER-Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (SEER-CAHPS) survey- and claims-linked database on patient experiences with care.