Cleo A. Samuel, PhD

Cleo A. Samuel, PhD

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Vivian Jolley Bea, MD, MBS

Cleo A. Samuel is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management and health services researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Samuel has extensive expertise in cancer care inequities, palliative and supportive care, and health informatics. She is particularly interested in disentangling the multilevel sources (i.e., patient-, provider-, and health care system-level) of disparities in palliative and supportive cancer care using mixed methods (i.e., quantitative and qualitative data analysis) and addressing such inequities through system-level approaches that leverage health informatics tools. 

Dr. Samuel is currently Principal Investigator of Symptom and Healthcare Access Reporting and Evaluation (SHARE) for Supportive Care Equity, a 5-year National Cancer Institute funded K01 study focused on understanding and addressing inequities in symptom management among cancer patients. As part of the SHARE study, Dr. Samuel and her team are analyzing data from the UNC Health Registry/Cancer Survivorship Cohort to inform the development of a novel electronic patient-reported outcome tool designed to routinely monitor symptoms and symptom-relevant health care access challenges during cancer treatment. Prior to arriving at UNC-CH, Dr. Samuel held positions within multiple federal offices/agencies including serving as a Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholar within the former United States Senate Office of Barack Obama, Program Specialist within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and Health Care Analyst within the Government Accountability Office.

Dr. Samuel earned a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University in 2014 and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Miami in 2007.

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