Research Health Scientist & Anthropologist, Division of Health Services Research, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
VA Email: email@example.com
VA Phone: 501-257-1737
Dr. Abraham was trained as a medical anthropologist with specializations in cultural barriers to care and immigrant health. Her research career began in the inner city of Hartford, Conn., with project PHRESH.com, a multi-site study that brought together a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from the University of Connecticut, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Family Planning Council to explore decision-making in sexual and romantic relationships among African-American and Puerto Rican emergent adults. She later completed ethnographic fieldwork in Andalusia, Spain. She is currently a Research Health Investigator at the Center for Mental Healthcare & Outcomes Research, Central Arkansas Veterans Health Administration (CAVHS), where she focuses broadly on behavioral health, and specifically on help seeking behaviors, patients’ experiences of care, social and cultural context of health, and patient management of chronic illness. She is also an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Throughout her career, Dr. Abraham has maintained an interest in using qualitative and mixed method research to improve access to care among vulnerable populations (immigrants, women, rural veterans).
Research interests: Help seeking behavior; Whole health; Patient experiences of care; Self-care
Current Publications (2006 – 2016)