Professor Debora Paterniti

  • Debora PaternitiAssistant Professor
  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis
  • Health Policy Fellowship, Yale School of Medicine

Contact Information:

Voicemail: 707.664.3033
Fax: 707.664.3920
Office: Stevenson 2084-I

Areas of Expertise:

Research Methods, Medical Sociology, Health Inequities, Social Welfare and Policy, Social Psychology, Ethics, and Community-Based Research.

Academic Interests:

Dr. Paterniti is a medical sociologist with extensive expertise in qualitative and mixed-methods research, including research design, thematic and textual analyses, and intervention development. Her work has focused on physician-patient communication, patient decision making, and medical education, and has emphasized examination of disparities in care provision and access.  As an applied sociologist, she has worked with interdisciplinary teams in medicine to develop interventions to enhance information exchange, increase health-related knowledge and self-efficacy, and prompt communication between patients and their care providers.  Her most current projects include (1) examining innovative community-based strategies for resource mobilization; (2) understanding the impact of behavioral interventions on health-related decision making; and (3) developing strategies to incorporate mindfulness into social research and teaching.  She is a member of the editorial board of Health and a former Deputy Editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Course Offerings:

  • SOCI 201: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 300: Sociological Research Methods
  • SOCI 417: Sociology of Mental Heath and Illness
  • SOCI 461: Social Welfare and Social Work

Selected Publications:

Jerant A, RL Kravitz , D Tancredi, DA Paterniti, et al. 2016. "Training Primary Care Physicians to Employ Self-Efficacy-Enhancing Interviewing Techniques: Randomized Controlled Trial of a Standardized Patient Intervention." J Gen Intern Med 31(7):716-22.

Fenton JJ, RL Kravitz, A Jerant, DA Paterniti, et al. 2016. "Promoting Patient-Centered Counseling to Reduce Use of Low-Value Diagnostic Tests: A Randomized Clinical Trial." JAMA Intern Med 176(2):191-7.

Tarn, DM, A Karlamangla, ID Coulter, DA Paterniti, et al. 2015. “A cross-sectional study of provider and patient characteristics associated with outpatient disclosures of dietary supplement use.Patient Educ Couns  98:830-36.

Tong, EK, LC Fung, SL Stewart, DA Paterniti, JH Dang, MS Chen Jr. 2014. “Impact of a biospecimen collection seminar on willingness to donate biospecimens among Chinese Americans: Results from a randomized, controlled community-based trial.Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 23(3):392-401.

Tarn, DM, DA Paterniti, DK Orosz, CH Tseng, NS Wenger. 2013. “Intervention to enhance communication about newly prescribed medications.”  Ann Fam Med 11(1):28-36. 

Kravitz, RL, DA Paterniti, RM Epstein, AB Rochlen, RA Bell, et al. 2011. “Organizational and Relational Barriers to Depression Help-Seeking in Primary Care: A Qualitative Study.” Patient Educ Couns 82(2):207-13.

Li, ST, DA Paterniti, JP Co, DC West. 2010. “Successful self-directed lifelong learning in medicine: a conceptual model derived from qualitative analysis of a national survey of pediatric residents.Acad Med  85 (7):1229-36.

Paterniti, DA, TL Fancher, CS Cipri, S Timmermans, J Heritage, RL Kravitz. 2010. “Getting to ‘No’: Strategies Physicians Use to Deny Patient Requests.” Arch Intern Med 170(4):381-8.

Paterniti, DA, RJ Pan, LF Smith, NM Horan, DC West.  2006. “From Physician-Centered to Community-Oriented Perspectives on Health Care: Assessing the Efficacy of Community-based Training.” Acad Med 81:347-353.

Paterniti, DA. 2004. “A Second Opinion.” Contexts: Understanding People in Their Social Worlds 3(3):56-7.

Ashton, CM, PM Haidet, DA Paterniti, et al.  2003. “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care: Doctors’ Biases, Patients’ Preferences, or Poor Communication?” J Gen Intern Med 18(2):146-152.

Paterniti, DA.  2003. “Claiming Identity in a Nursing Home.” In J Gubrium and J Holstein, eds. Ways of Aging. Blackwell Publishers pp.58-74.

Charmaz, K, DA Paterniti, eds. 1999. Health, Illness, and Healing: Society, Social Context, and Self. Los Angeles: Roxbury Publishing Company.