Simon Lee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department: Department of Clinical Science


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Simon Craddock Lee, PhD, MPH, joined the faculty in late 2008 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences. Prior to being recruited to Dallas, Dr. Lee was a Cancer Prevention Fellow in the ethics of prevention and public health at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), where he also served as Co-Chair of the Culture & Qualitative Research Interest Group, a scientific intramural association of the NIH.

In Dallas, Dr. Lee is building a research agenda examing the culture and organization of cancer care delivery for underserved patients. As an implementation scientist, he uses mixed-methods teams to study how best to adapt evidence-based interventions to safety-net settings. Dr. Lee is a core member of the Population Sciences & Cancer Control group within the Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center. He is principal investigator of a mixed-methods implementation study expanding rural breast cancer screening and patient navigation in 17 rural counties in North Texas funded by the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). He is leading or contributing to studies to optimize cancer screening in both urban and rural underserved, as well as developing behavioral theory in social decision-making among patients with cancer. Active disease sites include lung, colorectal, and HPV/cervical cancers through research support from the NCI.

As a medical anthropologist, Dr. Lee is committed to integrating social science perspectives across health science and medicine. At UT Southwestern, he contributes to culture/behavior and ethics curricula in the Medical School, in addition to formal consultation on research design and qualitative methods through UTSW's Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research and the Center for Translational Medicine. In 2013, Dr. Lee was a member of the inaugural cohort of Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments (LEAD), the faculty leadership training program.

His doctoral fieldwork examined how cultural values shape health services delivery in a major not-for-profit Catholic hospital system, funded by grants to Dr. Lee from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ), the Social Science Research Council, and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Lee continues to serve as a content expert in hospital governance and not-for-profit healthcare operations, especially organizational behavior and care coordination for the poor and underserved. Dr. Lee reviews for NSF programs in Cultural Anthropology and in Social & Economic Sciences, and has served on NHLBI and NCI Special Emphasis panels fo NIH.

Dr. Lee has held various leadership positions in the American Anthropological Association since 2009 and is an elected Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology.



Undergraduate Yale University (1994)
Graduate School University of California-Berkeley (1998)
Graduate School University of California-San Francisco (2003)

Research Interests

  • Health disparities
  • Lung, Colorectal, Breast Cancers
  • Medical anthropology
  • Organizational behavior, health services research
  • Qualitative methods and analysis
  • Urban & rural underserved


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Featured Publications

Barriers to End-of-Life Care for African Americans From the Providers' Perspective: Opportunity for Intervention Development.

Rhodes RL, Batchelor K, Lee SC, Halm EA Am J Hosp Palliat Care 2013 Oct

States' Use of Local Population Health Data: Comparing the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and Independent State Health Surveys.

Brown ER, Kincheloe J, Breen N, Olson JL, Portnoy B, Craddock Lee SJ J Public Health Manag Pract 2013 Jan

Decision making about cancer screening: an assessment of the state of the science and a suggested research agenda from the ASPO Behavioral Oncology and Cancer Communication Special Interest Group.

Kiviniemi MT, Hay JL, James AS, Lipkus IM, Meissner HI, Stefanek M, Studts JL, Bridges JF, Close DR, Erwin DO, Jones RM, Kaiser K, Kash KM, Kelly KM, Craddock Lee SJ, Purnell JQ, Siminoff LA, Vadaparampil ST, Wang C Cancer Epidemiol. Biomarkers Prev. 2009 Nov 18 11 3133-7

Theory building through qualitative research: marshalling opportunities to advance cancer screening efforts.

Hay JL, Craddock Lee SJ Health Educ Behav 2009 Oct 36 5 Suppl 145S-9S; discussion 167S-71S

Science, Surveillance, and the Politics of Redress in Health Disparities Research

Lee, SJC Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts Fall 2009 3/1 51-74

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Featured Books


  • School for Advanced Research, Applied anthropology seminar: Negotiating structural vulnerability in cancer control: Contemporary challenges for applied anthropology
    Multi-day advanced seminar in Santa Fe; SfAA plenary session; leading to edited volume 2015. (2014-2015)
  • Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments (LEAD), UT Southwestern
    Inaugural cohort of faculty leadership training program (2013-2013)
  • NIH Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH)
    Inaugural cohort of national postdoctoral training institute (2012-2012)
  • American Cancer Society-IRG
    Special Interest Award for Cancer Disparities Research (2011-2012)
  • NIH Health Disparities LRP Award
    Peer-reviewed loan repayment award recognizing research in cancer disparities (2009-2011)
  • Distinguished Dissertation, Graduate Division, UCSF
    Nomination to Council of Graduate Schools Distinguished Dissertation in the Social Sciences (2003)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Executive Program Committee, American Anthropology Association (presidential appointment) (2014-2014)
  • American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
  • Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology
  • North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG)
  • Society for Medical Anthropology ; Society of Lesbian & Gay Anthropologists