Katherine Rendle

Katherine Rendle

Katherine (Kate) Rendle, PhD, MSW, MPH, joined the Health Systems and Interventions Research Branch as a Cancer Prevention Fellow working under the primary mentorship of Dr. Sarah Kobrin. She received her Ph.D. in medical anthropology and social work, and MSW in social policy and evaluation from the University of Michigan, and her MPH in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. During her NCI fellowship, she will also be working with Dr. Mark Greene in the Clinical Genetics Branch in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics at NCI.

Kate has a broad range of research interests centered on healthcare delivery and outcomes. Her current interests include identifying how to incorporate patient-reported outcomes and decision support into healthcare systems, examining multi-level factors that contribute to cancer prevention behaviors (including HPV vaccination, genetic testing, and cancer screening), and the measurement, implementation, and effect of shared decision-making across different healthcare contexts. Her dissertation research investigated how provider communication, public debates, and cultural anxieties regarding the HPV vaccine in the United States impacted parental vaccination decisions.

Prior to joining NCI, Kate spent four years at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute conducting mixed-methods health services research on a range of topics, including patient-provider communication, decision aid implementation, genetic screening, quality improvement, and breast cancer care. These experiences have resulted in several publications in the fields of qualitative health research, medical decision-making, and patient-centered care. As an interdisciplinary scholar, Kate has had the opportunity to engage with a diverse set of scientific and community stakeholders, including as a co-investigator on a community-based participatory research project in Northern California with low-income Latinas with breast cancer and as co-investigator on a PCORI-funded project aimed at developing methodological standards for communicating and conducting qualitative research in patient-centered outcomes research.