Elizabeth Calhoun, PhD, MEd

Executive Director of the Center for Population Science and Discovery
University of Arizona Health Sciences
(520) 626-9921

Elizabeth Calhoun, PhD, MEd, is executive director of the Center for Population Science and Discovery at University of Arizona Health Sciences.

Dr. Calhoun is a nationally recognized leader in minority health and health disparities research, with a special focus on breast cancer disparities.  She leads the new Center for Population Science and Discovery, building on UAHS’s collaborative and translational research and clinical strengths in these areas.

Dr. Calhoun also is a professor in the Division of Community, Environment and Policy of the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with a joint appointment in the Department of Surgery at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.

Prior to joining the UA, Dr. Calhoun was a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she established and directed the Center of Excellence in Eliminating Health Disparities and co-directed the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities. She also was professor of health policy and administration in the UIC School of Public Health.  Dr. Calhoun most recently has been leading the effort to certify navigators and enrollment specialists who are working toward getting the uninsured population of Illinois into health insurance and other public benefits available through the Affordable Care Act.  Prior to joining UIC, she was an assistant professor with the Institute of Health Services Research and Policy Studies, Department of Urology, and Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. In addition, she was an adjunct professor in the Master’s in Health Services Management Program at the American Schools of Professional Psychology in Chicago and held executive positions with Columbia/HCA.

Dr. Calhoun’s research interests include health disparities and community health, including cancer health disparities and prevention and cancer patient navigation. She has been the principal investigator for several large federally funded projects, including two National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities studies of Comparative Effectiveness Research for Eliminating Disparities, the National Cancer Institute-sponsored Chicago Cancer Navigation Project and a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study of racial and ethnic approaches to community health.

Dr. Calhoun serves as an invited reviewer on the editorial boards of the Annals of Internal Medicine, Medical Care, Gynecologic Oncology, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Journal of Urology, Health Promotion and Practice, Women and Health, Preventive Medicine and Quality of Life Research.

She has been an invited speaker at many national conferences and has been a grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Population Affairs, National Cancer Institute and National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Dr. Calhoun is author of more than 80 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals covering the impact of patient-navigation programs, health and environmental disparities in disadvantaged neighborhoods, and women’s and men’s cancers. She also is author or co-author of several book chapters.

Dr. Calhoun received her Bachelor of Science in economics and management and psychology from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1987; her Master of Education in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990; and her doctorate in health administration from the University of South Carolina in Columbia in 1995.