Robin T. Higashi, PhD. joined the faculty as Instructor and member of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2019. Prior to her promotion to the faculty, Dr. Higashi served as Senior Research Associate in the Department of Population and Data Sciences for 6 years.

Dr. Higashi specializes in using qualitative and mixed methods design in healthcare delivery research with underserved populations. Currently she is Co-Investigator on three studies: (1) an NCI award (R01 CA203856) to improve care coordination for patients with cancer and chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes; (2) an NCI award (UM1CA221940) to evaluate and optimize cervical cancer screening across 3 major U.S. health systems; (3) an NCI supplement award (P30CA142543) to explore linkage to cancer treatment among border populations in south Texas. Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Higashi engages directly with a broad population of safety-net patients, clinical and community stakeholders.

Dr. Higashi has published on a wide variety of health topics, such as: HIV continuity of care, Hepatitis C screening, breast and colorectal cancer screening and surveillance, diabetes prevention, food insecurity, and physician socialization. She contributes to the Medical School and Graduate School curriculum through invited lectures and mentorship of students, and provides formal consulting on qualitative methods to faculty investigators.


Stanford University (1998), Psychology
Graduate School
Uni of California-Sfrancisco (2010), Medical Anthropology

Research Interest

  • impact of structural inequality on health experience and outcomes
  • mixed methods program evaluation
  • Spanish-speaking (im)migrant populations


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The art of observation: a qualitative analysis of medical students' experiences.
He B, Prasad S, Higashi RT, Goff HW, BMC Med Educ 2019 Jun 19 1 234
Parent-Provider Communication of HPV Vaccine Hesitancy.
Shay LA, Baldwin AS, Betts AC, Marks EG, Higashi RT, Street RL, Persaud D, Tiro JA, Pediatrics 2018 06 141 6
The Influence of Financial Strain on Health Decision-Making.
Nguyen OK, Higashi RT, Makam AN, Mijares JC, Lee SC, J Gen Intern Med 2018 04 33 4 406-408
Identifying quality improvement targets to facilitate colorectal cancer screening completion.
Lee SJC, Inrig SJ, Balasubramanian BA, Skinner CS, Higashi RT, McCallister K, Bishop WP, Santini NO, Tiro JA, Prev Med Rep 2018 Mar 9 138-143


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