Traci Abraham, Ph.D.


Research Health Scientist & Anthropologist, Division of Health Services Research, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences


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VA Phone: 501-257-1737

Research Expertise

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, 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

Recent Publications

Current Publications (2006 – 2016)

  1. Abraham, T., Macauda, M., Erickson, P., and M. Singer (2011). “And Let me See Them Damn Papers!”: The role of STI/AIDS testing among African American and Puerto Rican young adults. AIDS & Behavior 15(7): 1359-1371.
  2. Abraham, T. (2014). Using ethnography to inform policy and programs aimed at the integration of immigrants. Journal of International Migration and Integration 15(1): 117-134.
  3. Abraham, T., Cheney, A.M., and G. Curran (2015). A Bourdieusian analysis of U.S. military culture ground in the mental help-seeking literature. American Journal of Men’s Health. doi: 10.1177/1557988315596037
  4. Cheney, A. M., Abraham, T., Sullivan, S., Swaim, D., Russell, S., Waliski, A., Lewis, C., Hudson, C., Candler, B., Hall, S., and J. Hunt (2015). Using community advisory boards to build partnerships and develop peer-led services for rural student veterans. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. Article in press.
  5. Cucciare, M. A., Curran, G. M., Craske, M., Abraham, T., McCarthur, M. B., Marchant-Miros, K., Lindsey, J., Kauth, M. R., Landes, S., & Sullivan, G. (2016). Assessing fidelity of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in rural VA clinics: design of a randomized implementation-effectiveness (hybrid type III) trial. Implementation Science. 11(65). doi:10.1186/s13012-016-0432-4
  6. Koenig, C., Abraham, T., Zamora, K., Pyne, J., and K. Seale. (in press). How did formative research influence the development and implementation of a peer veteran mental health intervention? Journal of Rural Health.