Larissa White, PhD, MPH, CPH

Research Postdoctoral Fellow

Larissa White, PhD, MPH, CPH, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Health Research. Dr. White’s research focuses on cancer epidemiology, with a special interest in health services associated with complex, metastatic cancers and cancer health disparities. She is currently conducting research on cancer of unknown primary (CUP) diagnosis among population-based cohorts in cancer registries.

Dr. White completed her doctoral training in public health and epidemiology at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she also received her Master of Public Health degree. Her past research includes the evaluation of self-management care models for people living with HIV/AIDS and health services access and use among Latina women with advanced cervical cancer. Dr. White has also trained and conducted field work in tropical infectious disease diagnosis and care, including malaria, dengue fever and parasitic infections.

Selected Research:

  • Patterns of Care Associated with Timely and Definitive Diagnosis of Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP)
  • To examine how adherent care and timely diagnosis affects survival in older patients who initially present with cancer of unknown primary (CUP) and to examine how the diagnostic complexity of CUP affects those patients who eventually receive a definitive diagnosis.

    • Funder: National Institutes of Health
    • Study End Date: 03/31/2020