Galen Joseph, PhD


Dr. Galen Joseph, Ph.D. is a Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She is also a member of the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Affiliate Faculty with the Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital. Her research, at the intersection of medical anthropology and public health, investigates the socio-cultural and institutional dimensions of inequities in cancer care by using mixed methods and community based participatory research. Key areas of interest include: health disparities, genomic medicine, translational medicine, clinical trials recruitment, clinical trials education, health communication and health literacy, cancer, migration, globalization, and identity.

Dr. Joseph is a founding member of the International Network for the Comparative understanding of BRCA breast cancer gene research and medical practices, an interdisciplinary working group which aims to understand the development of research and medical practices related to the BRCA genes in multiple national contexts. Along with other members of the group, Dr. Joseph edited the recently published a volume of essays "Breast Cancer Gene Research and Medical Practices: Transnational perspectives in the time of BRCA" (Routledge 2014). Prior to her work at UCSF, she received her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Migration, Globalization and Citizenship at Yale University’s Center for International & Area Studies.
PhD, 06/1999 - Cultural Anthropology, University of California
BA, 05/1988 - Anthropology, Wesleyan University
  1. Self-monitoring and reminder text messages to increase physical activity in colorectal cancer survivors (Smart Pace): a pilot randomized controlled trial.
  2. Engaging limited English proficient and ethnically diverse low-income women in health research: A randomized trial of a patient navigator intervention.
  3. Effective communication in the era of precision medicine: A pilot intervention with low health literacy patients to improve genetic counseling communication.
  4. Genetic Counselor and Healthcare Interpreter Perspectives on the Role of Interpreters in Cancer Genetic Counseling.
  5. The Clinical Sequencing Evidence-Generating Research Consortium: Integrating Genomic Sequencing in Diverse and Medically Underserved Populations.
  6. Being Present: A single-arm feasibility study of audio-based mindfulness meditation for colorectal cancer patients and caregivers.
  7. Cancer genetic counseling communication with low-income Chinese immigrants.
  8. Erratum to: Information Mismatch: Cancer Risk Counseling with Diverse Underserved Patients.
  9. Cancer Counseling of Low-Income Limited English Proficient Latina Women Using Medical Interpreters: Implications for Shared Decision-Making.
  10. Information Mismatch: Cancer Risk Counseling with Diverse Underserved Patients.
  11. Newborn Sequencing in Genomic Medicine and Public Health.
  12. Survivorship Care Plan Information Needs: Perspectives of Safety-Net Breast Cancer Patients.
  13. Validation of an Efficient Screening Tool to Identify Low-Income Women at High Risk for Hereditary Breast Cancer.
  14. Effective Referral of Low-Income Women at Risk for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer to Genetic Counseling: A Randomized Delayed Intervention Control Trial.
  15. Parental Views on Expanded Newborn Screening Using Whole-Genome Sequencing.
  16. Educating low-SES and LEP survivors about breast cancer research: pilot test of the Health Research Engagement Intervention.
  17. To worry or not to worry: breast cancer genetic counseling communication with low-income Latina immigrants.
  18. Breast Cancer Gene Research and Medical Practices: Transnational Perspectives in the Time of BRCA
  19. Breast Cancer Gene Research and Medical Practices: Transnational Perspectives in the Time of BRCA. Gibbon S, Joseph G, Mozersky J, zur Nieden A, Palfner S, Editors
  20. Lynch syndrome patients' views of and preferences for return of results following whole exome sequencing.
  21. Efficient identification of low-income Asian American women at high risk for hepatitis B.
  22. Genetic counseling, cancer screening, breast cancer characteristics, and general health among a diverse population of BRCA genetic testers.
  23. Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved August 2013
  24. Family communication of BRCA1/2 results and family uptake of BRCA1/2 testing in a diverse population of BRCA1/2 carriers.
  25. Recruitment practices and the politics of inclusion in cancer clinical trials.
  26. Public Health Genomics
  27. Pre-counseling education for low literacy women at risk of Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC): patient experiences using the Cancer Risk Education Intervention Tool (CREdIT).
  28. BioSocieties
  29. BioSocieties
  30. Adult daughters' influence on mothers' health-related decision making: an expansion of the subjective norms construct.
  31. Behavioral theory in a diverse society: like a compass on Mars.
  32. Intention, subjective norms, and cancer screening in the context of relational culture.
  33. Perceived susceptibility to illness and perceived benefits of preventive care: an exploration of behavioral theory constructs in a transcultural context.
  34. Theorizing social context: rethinking behavioral theory.
  35. Recruiting minorities where they receive care: Institutional barriers to cancer clinical trials recruitment in a safety-net hospital.
  36. Diversity of participants in clinical trials in an academic medical center: the role of the 'Good Study Patient?'.
  37. Recruiting low-income healthy women to research: an exploratory study.
  38. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power