Lisa Spees, PhD

Lisa Spees received her BA and MA in history from Emory University in 2009, where she wrote her master’s thesis on desegregation during the civil rights movements. Inspired by her master’s research, she received her PhD in public policy from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2016, where she focused on the effect of inequalities in education among ethnic minority, especially Latino immigrants.

Lisa’s research interests are, broadly, examining how health policies and patient quality of care potentially affect health disparities. Her current research focuses on examining the variation of care in the treatment of women with cervical cancer and identifying populations at risk for disparate treatment and poor outcomes in cervical cancer.

Lisa is also interested in research design and methodology. Her expertise in quantitative analysis has led her to collaborate on several other projects focusing on HIV prevention and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, both of which have provided her more opportunities to explore health disparities among underserved populations.

During her postdoctoral fellowship, she will work primarily with Dr. Morris Weinberger at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and Dr. Wendy Brewster of the UNC Center for Women’s Health Research.