Kathryn Pitkin Derose

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Senior Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in health services, M.P.H. in population and family health, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in comparative area studies-Latin America, Duke University

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Kathryn Pitkin Derose is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and a member of RAND's Human Subjects Protection Committee. She is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Derose's research focuses on understanding health care disparities. She has particular expertise regarding faith-based organizations and community-based participatory research. Derose is principal investigator of a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development–funded study of urban religious congregations' capacity HIV prevention and care, which uses qualitative and quantitative methods and is developing a community-partnered intervention to reduce HIV stigma and increase HIV testing through African-American and Latino churches. She has conducted research on faith-based organizations' role in HIV prevention and care in Central America, and has led the development of a collaborative effort between the UN's World Food Programme and RAND to develop pilot projects in various Latin American countries to address the food insecurity of people living with HIV. Derose also examines Latino immigrants' health care access and quality in the United States. Derose is bilingual (English-Spanish), having lived and worked in Latin America for six years before seeking graduate education in public health. She is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent career, and a former Fulbright Scholar to Ecuador. Derose received her B.A. in comparative area studies, Latin America from Duke University and her Ph.D. in health services research and M.P.H. in population and family health from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Recent Projects

  • Urban congregations' capacity for HIV prevention and care
  • Faith-based organizations and HIV in Latin America
  • The public health Implications of prisoner reentry
  • Parks and physical activity in diverse communities
  • Immigrants and health care access

Selected Publications

Kathryn Pitkin Derose et al., "Learning about Urban Congregations & HIV/AIDS: Community-based Foundations for Developing Congregational Health Interventions," Journal of Urban Health, 2010

Kathryn Pitkin Derose et al., "Project New Hope: A Faith-based Effort to Provide Housing for Persons with HIV/AIDS," Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, 9(1):90-105, 2010

Kathryn Pitkin Derose et al., "Immigrants and Healthcare Access, Quality, & Cost," Medical Care Research and Review, 66(4):355-408, 2009

Kathryn Pitkin Derose and Danielle Varda, "Social Capital and Health Care Access: A Systematic Review," Medical Care Research and Review, 66(3):272-306, 2009

Kathryn Pitkin Derose, "Do Bonding, Bridging, and Linking Social Capital Affect Preventable Hospitalizations?" HSR, 43(5, Part I):1520-1541, 2008

Kathryn Pitkin Derose et al., "Immigrants and Health Care: Sources of Vulnerability," Health Affairs, 26(5):1258-1268, 2007

Kathryn Pitkin Derose and David W. Baker, "Limited English Proficiency and Latinos' Use of Physician Services," Medical Care Research and Review, 57(1), 2000

Kathryn Pitkin Derose, "Networks of Care: How Latina Immigrants Find Their Way to and Through a County Hospital," Journal of Immigrant Health, 2(2), 2000

Honors & Awards

  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, 2005, NIH
  • Best paper of the year for 2009, Medical Care Research and Review