The lab’s currently funded projects focus on the influence and measurement of financial well-being at two specific points in the cancer continuum: prevention and following diagnosis. We are interested in developing measures of financial well-being that capture the importance of socioeconomic resources at these points along the cancer continuum. For example, the factors that may be important for preventive behaviors (e.g., physical activity) may not be the same factors that are important for (or associated with) treatment selection.
We continue to build on our past work, which has shown a strong association between financial hardship and multiple health outcomes, even after controlling for traditional socioeconomic status measures (e.g., income, education). Our work highlights the importance of “unpacking” socioeconomic circumstances to better understand how socioeconomic status is actually experienced.