Doctor of Philosophy in Health Communications
Finie Hunter-Richardson, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the Howard University College of Medicine. Dr. Richardson has a broad background in public health and a specialization in health communication. Her professional background merges more than 15 years of translational and community-engaged research conducted in medically underserved communities. Dr. Richardson’s research interest are investigations examining correlates of health literacy, faith, and social determinants of health impacting cancer disparities, particularly colorectal cancer.
She has implemented projects that developed culturally and linguistically appropriate interventions using community-based participatory research (CBPR) to improve health outcomes, particularly chronic disease, substance use disorder, and cancer prevention among low-literacy minority populations. Most recently, she has contributed to projects that conduct informative interviews and focus groups to explore the role of faith-based institutions/leaders to promote COVID-19 testing, plasma donation, and vaccine trial participation for urban minority populations in the District of Columbia.
For the Georgetown-Howard University Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS), she supports efforts to maintain liaisons with community practice research networks, and subsequently the formation and management of a Patient Advisory Board and Community Advisory Board for the Program. She regularly engages key stakeholders in bidirectional dialogues throughout the research continuum utilizing a bottom-up approach to support the conduct of research that results in salient patient-oriented outcomes of importance to the participants and the communities they represent.
Prior to joining Howard University College of Medicine, she completed a three-year Intramural Research Training Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. Dr. Richardson holds a doctoral degree in health communication, a master of public health degree, and a bachelor of science degree from Howard University, Washington, DC. She has published research in peer review journals addressing cancer health disparities, family health history, and inclusivity regarding racial representation in social media.