Researcher’s Profile

Parisa Tehranifar

Director, Executive MS program in epidemiology

Parisa Tehranifar, DrPH has training in sociomedical sciences and cancer epidemiology. Dr. Tehranifar's broad research interests are in cancer health disparities and breast cancer prevention. One area of her work focuses on understanding the contribution of emerging medical interventions as a source of health disparities, and includes an ongoing study that examines the role of breast density disclosure in relation to breast cancer screening disparities. She collaborates on several lifecourse studies of breast cancer, in which she examines the role of social factors in shaping adult cancer risk and risk factors, focusing on smoking as a behavioral risk factor, mammographic breast density as a biomarker of breast cancer risk, and DNA methylation as an epigenetic mechanism for health disparities. More recently, her research focuses on midlife as a critical lifecourse stage for breast cancer risk, and includes several studies of determinants and distribution of mammographic density in women of racially/ethnically diverse and predominantly immigrant backgrounds. She is also working on integration of mammographic density in clinical risk assessment. Dr. Tehranifar's current research is supported by grants from the National Cancer Institute and National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She is the Director of the Executive MS in Epidemiology Program and teaches a course on applied epidemiologic research methods within this program.