Professor
Division of Preventive Medicine

Contact Information:

Medical Towers 636
1717 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
Phone: (205) 975-7366
Fax: (205) 934-7959
mpisu@uab.edu

 

Educational Background

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Health Disparities Research Training Program, Fellowship, 2009
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education (COERE), Post Doctoral Fellowship, 2001
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Steven M. Teutsch Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship, 2000
  • Pennsylvania State University, PhD, Economics, 1998
  • Pennsylvania State University, MA, Economics, 1997
  • University of Cagliari, Italy, Laurea, Economics and Business, 1991

 

Research Interests

  • Economic burden and financial hardship related to disease
  • Disparities and geographic variation in access to and utilization of medical care
  • Health economics
  • Economic evaluation of health care and quality of life interventions
Disease focus: Cancer, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, diabetes


Selected Research Projects

  • Increasing Recruitment of Under-Represented Cancer Survivors with Awareness Enhancing Interventions (RUN AWEI)
    • Funding: National Institutes of Health
    • Role: Principal Investigator
    • Research Interest: Cancer survivorship
    • DOPM Research Program Areas: Cancer Prevention and Control, Outcomes and Comparative Effectiveness, Research and Education
  • Emotional Well-Being and Economic Burden Research Network (EMOT-ECON)
    • Funding: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, National Institutes of Health
    • Role: Principal Investigator (MPI)
    • Research Interest: Economic evaluation of health care interventions
    • DOPM Research Program Areas: Outcomes and Comparative Effectiveness
  • Designing a Plan of Action for Better Access and Quality of Surgery for African-Americans with Gastrointestinal Cancers in the Deep South
    • Funding: National Institutes of Health
    • Role: Principal Investigator
    • Research Interest: Disparities and geographic variation in access to and utilization of medical care
    • DOPM Research Program Areas: Outcomes and Comparative Effectiveness, Research and Education, Cancer Prevention and Control
  • Building a Research Agenda on Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment Gaps in Older Adults Supplement to: Obesity Health Disparities Research Center (OHDRC)
    • Funding: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Aging (Supplement)
    • Role: Principal Investigator of Supplement
    • Research Interest: Disparities and geographic variation in access to and utilization of medical care
    • DOPM Research Program Areas: Outcomes and Comparative Effectiveness, Research and Education
  • Adapting MultiPLe Behavior Interventions that Effectively Improve (AMPLIFI) Cancer Survivor Health (P01)
    • Funding: National Cancer Institute
    • Role: Core Leader/Investigator
    • Research Interest: Cancer survivorship
    • DOPM Research Program Areas: Outcomes and Comparative Effectiveness, Research and Education, Cancer Prevention and Control
  • The Role of Multilevel Healthcare Access Dimensions in Ovarian Cancer Disparities
    • Funding: National Cancer Institute, Duke University
    • Role: Subcontract Principal Investigator
    • Research Interest: Cancer survivorship, Disparities and geographic variation in access to and utilization of medical care
    • DOPM Research Program Areas: Cancer Prevention and Control
  • Expanding Distress Screening To Optimize Identification Of Cancer Patients Experiencing Financial Hardship To Enhance Delivery Of Financial Navigation
    • Funding: National Cancer Institute
    • Role: Supplement Principal Investigator
    • Research Interest: Cancer survivorship, Economic burden and financial hardship related to disease, Economic evaluation of health care and quality of life interventions, Health economics
    • DOPM Research Program Areas: Cancer Prevention and Control
  • Recruitment and Retention Shared Facility - Comprehensive Cancer Center Core Support Grant
    • Funding: National Cancer Institute
    • Role: Co-Director
    • Research Interest: Cancer survivorship
    • DOPM Research Program Areas: Outcomes and Comparative Effectiveness, Research and Education, Cancer Prevention and Control

 

Professional Activities

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

  • Academy Health
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine Cancer Special Interest Group
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine

UNIVERSITY ACTIVITIES

  • UAB Cancer Survivorship Research Working Group (Co-leader/co-founder)
  • UAB Commission on the Status of Women (Member)
  • Research Development Group, UAB Department of Medicine (Member)

 

Awards

  • 2011 Research Excellence Award recipient, First Place Among Assistant Professors, UAB Department of Medicine
  • 2018 Unsung Hero Award, UAB Department of Medicine
  • 2012 Research Excellence Award recipient, Second Place Among Assistant Professors, UAB Department of Medicine