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Ha T. Nguyen

Ha T. Nguyen, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, with cross-appointments in the Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health, Center for Worker Health, the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation, and the Women’s Health Center of Excellence for Research, Leadership and Education.  She received her doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cognitive disparities research at the NIH/NIA, Cognition Section.  During fellowship training at NIA, Dr. Nguyen received a MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  A common thread across all of her training and research activities is the focus upon elucidating processes which lead to health disparities particularly in cognitive and functional impairment.  As a Healthcare Quality Scholar, Dr. Nguyen will study the extent to which elements of the patient-healthcare provider encounter impact the Hispanic disparity in obesity.  This will serve as a spring board to her research interest in how obesity-related disorders such as functional disability and dementia are interpreted by providers, influence the health care encounters between patients and providers, and affect health care quality and outcome.

Project Title: Characteristics of the Patient-Healthcare Provider Encounter regarding Medical Advice about Exercise

Project Databases: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2005 Full Year Consolidated Data

Recent Publications 

Nguyen H, Grzywacz J, Lang W, Walkup M and Arcury T. “Effects of complementary therapy on health in a national US sample of older adults.” Journal of Alternative and Complementary Therapy, 16(7): 701-706, 2010.

Nguyen HT, Markides K and Winkleby M. “Physician Advice on Exercise and Diet in a U.S. Sample of Obese Mexican American Adults.” American Journal of Health Promotion, 25(6): 402-409, 2011.


Support for this program was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ® Princeton, New Jersey