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Kimberly A. Kaphingst, ScD

Associate Professor of Surgery

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Graduate School

M.A. Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1995

Sc.M. Health and Social Behavior, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 1997

Sc.D. Health and Social Behavior, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 2002

Post Doctoral Education

Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Community-Based Research, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, 2002-2005

Teaching Appointments

Faculty, Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS) Program

Honors and Awards

Health and Literacy Predoctoral Fellowship, National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1999-2002

Harvey V. Fineberg Fellow in Cancer Prevention, Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention, Harvard School of Public Health, 2003-2004

Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Cancer Society, 2004-2005

Society of Behavioral Medicine meeting Citation Paper, 2011

Research Interests

My current research in the Division of Public Health Sciences builds upon my long-standing interest in health literacy. My prior and current research studies have focused on health literacy across various health contexts, including cancer, asthma, prescription drug advertising, and emergency department care. Currently, my major focus is health literacy and genomics, and the communication of genetic and genomic information. My research examines the impact of genetic and genomic information on cognitive and behavioral outcomes among individuals with varying levels of health literacy from diverse audiences. In addition, I am currently investigating preferences for the communication of results from whole genome sequencing among cancer patients.

Contact Information

660 S. Euclid Avenue
Campus Box 8100
St. Louis, MO 63110 

(314) 747-1966

Selected Publications

Singleton A, Erby LH, Foisie KV, Kaphingst KA. Informed choice in direct-to-consumer genetic testing (DTCGT) websites: A content analysis of benefits, risks, and limitations. Journal of Genetic Counseling 2012; 21(3):433-439.  [PMCID: PMC3348288]

Kaphingst KA, Kreuter MW, Casey C, Leme L, Thompson T, Cheng M, Jacobsen H, Sterling R, Oguntimein J, Filler C, Culbert A, Rooney M, Lapka C. Health literacy INDEX: Development, reliability, and validity of a new tool for evaluating the health literacy demands of health information materials. Journal of Health Communication 2012; 17(Suppl 3):203-221.   

James AS, Chisholm P, Baxter M, Wolin K, Kaphingst KA, Davidson N. Screening and health behaviors among persons diagnosed with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis and their relatives. Journal of Cancer Epidemiology vol. 2012, Article ID 506410, 8 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/506410.  [PMCID:PMC3414059]

Kaphingst KA, Facio FM, Cheng M, Brooks S, Eidem H, Linn A, Biesecker BB, Biesecker LG. Effects of informed consent for individual genomic sequencing on relevant knowledge. Clinical Genetics 2012; 82(5):408-415. [PMCID:PMC3469729]

Goodman MS, Gaskin DJ, Si X, Stafford JD, Lachance C, Kaphingst KA. Self-reported segregation experience throughout the life course and its association with adequate health literacy. Health & Place 2012; 18(5): 1115-1121. [PMCID: PMC3418469]

Kaphingst KA, McBride CM, Wade C, Alford SH, Reid R, Larson E, Baxevanis AD, Brody LC. Patient understanding of and responses to multiplex genetic susceptibility test results.  Genetics in Medicine 2012; 14 (7):681-687. [PMCID: PMC3417078]

Colditz GA, Kaphingst KA, Hankinson SE, Rosner B. Family history and risk of breast cancer: Nurses’ Health Study. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment 2012; 133(3):1097-1104. [PMCID: PMC3387322]

Kaphingst KA, Goodman M, Pandya C, Garg P, Stafford J, Lachance C. Factors affecting frequency of communication about family health history with family members and doctors in a medically underserved population. Patient Education and Counseling 2012;88(2):291-7. [PMCID: PMC3443406]

Hay J, Kaphingst KA, Baser R, Li Y, Hensley-Alford S, McBride CM. Skin cancer concerns and genetic risk information-seeking in primary care.  Public Health Genomics 2012; 15(2):57-72. [PMCID: PMC3318939]

Kaphingst KA, Goodman M, Pyke O, Stafford J, Lachance C.  Relationship between self-reported racial composition of high school and health literacy among community health center patients.  Health Education and Behavior 2012;39(1):35-44. [PMCID: PMC3170677]

Ashida S, Goodman M, Pandya C, Koehly LM, Lachance C, Stafford J, Kaphingst KA.  Age differences in genetic knowledge, health literacy, and causal beliefs for health conditions.  Public Health Genomics 2011; 14(4-5):307-316.  [PMCID: PMC3136390]

Kaphingst KA, Lachance CR, Gepp A, D’Anna LH, Rios-Ellis B. Educating underserved Latino communities about family health history using lay health advisors.  Public Health Genomics 2011; 14(4-5):211-221. [PMCID: PMC3136386]  

Kaphingst KA, McBride CM, Wade C, Alford SH, Brody LC, Baxevanis AD.  Consumers’ use of web-based information and their decisions about multiplex genetic susceptibility testing.  Journal of Medical Internet Research 2010; 12(3):e41. [PMCID: PMC2956320]   

Lachance CR, Erby LAH, Ford BM, Allen Jr VC, Kaphingst KA.  Informational content, literacy demands, and usability of websites offering health-related genetic tests directly to consumers.  Genetics in Medicine 2010; 12(5): 304-312.  [PMCID: PMC2997043]

Kaphingst KA, Persky S, McCall C, Lachance C, Loewenstein J, Beall AC, Blascovich J. Testing the effects of educational strategies on comprehension of a genomic concept using virtual reality technology.  Patient Education and Counseling 2009; 77: 224-230. [PMCID:PMC2794484]

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Editorial Positions

American Journal of Health Promotion, Review Board
American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Genetics in Medicine
Health Communication
Health Education and Behavior
Health Expectations
Journal of General Internal Medicine
Journal of Genetic Counseling
Journal of Health Communication
Journal of Health Politics
Journal of Medical Internet Research
Medical Decision Making
Patient Education and Counseling
Personalized Medicine
Preventing Chronic Disease
Preventive Medicine
Public Health Genomics
Social Science and Medicine