Geetanjali D. Datta, Sc.D., M.P.H.

Geetanjali Datta is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Montreal School of Medicine. A social epidemiologist, Datta aspires to inform health-related interventions and health-related policy. She did post-doctoral work in social epidemiology as a Kellogg Scholar in Health Disparities and Alonzo Yerby fellow in the Department of Society, Human Development and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Datta received her doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health in cancer epidemiology, and her master’s degree from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Research Interests & Projects

Dr. Datta’s research interests include the social epidemiology of cancer, cancer prevention and the social determinants of health. She uses multi-dimensional approaches to assess the causes of socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, and gender disparities with regard to cancer-related behaviors and outcomes. In research among African American women, Datta found evidence that neighborhood poverty-level (the percentage of people in a neighborhood who live below the federal poverty line) predicted smoking prevalence and cervical cancer screening behaviors above and beyond individual-level characteristics, such as level of educational attainment. Some of her current work involves assessing geographic variation in cancer treatment and mortality in the U.S. and France, and she is additionally involved in work aimed at improving measurement of population-level cancer survival in North America.

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Datta, G.D., Colditz, G.A., Kawachi, I., Subramanian, S.V., Palmer, J., and Rosenberg, L. (2006) Individual, Neighborhood-, and State-level Socioeconomic Predictors of Cervical Cancer Screening Among U.S. Black Women: A Multilevel Analysis. Cancer 106(3):664-9.

Datta, G.D., Subramanian, S.V., Colditz, G.A., Kawachi I., Palmer, J., and Rosenberg, L. (2006) Individual, Neighborhood-, and State-level Predictors of Smoking Among U.S. Black Women: A Multilevel Analysis. Soc Sci Med 63(4):1034-44.

Datta, G.D., Neville, B., Kawachi, I., Datta, N.S., and Earle, C. (2009) Marital Status And Survival After Bladder Cancer. J Epidemiol Community Health 63(10):807-13. Epub.

Datta, G.D., Kawachi, I., Delpierre, C., Lang, T., Grosclaude, P. (2010) Trends in Kaposi’s Sarcoma Survival Disparities in the United States: 1980 through 2004. Cancer Epi Biomarkers Prev (In press, Published Online First September 22, 2010; doi:10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-10-0307)