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Kimberly Kaphingst, ScD

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Departments: Communication - Professor

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Research Interests

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Research Statement

Kimberly Kaphingst, ScD, is a health communication researcher. She is a Professor in the Department of Communication and the Director of Cancer Communication Research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah. She is also a member of HCI's Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program and the Consortium for Families and Health Research at the University of Utah. Dr. Kaphingst's research interests are in health literacy, cancer communication, and the communication of genetic and genomic information. She uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies in her research. One of her major interests is in patients' responses to genetic test results. In one study, she led an analysis of participants' recall and comprehension, affective responses, and information seeking and communication with providers following receipt of genetic susceptibility feedback. A second major area of interest is in patient preferences for return of cancer genetic information. Dr. Kaphingst was the Principal Investigator on a study (R01CA168608) to examine preferences for return of genome sequencing results among young breast cancer patients. A third area of interest is in family communication of cancer genetic test results. She is also co-leading studies to examine educational needs to support family communication and cascade genetic testing among families with hereditary cancer syndromes. Dr. Kaphingst is a Principal Investigator for study funded by the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Moonshot Program (U01CA232826), which is comparing approaches for delivering genetic counseling and testing for hereditary cancer among primary care patients.

Selected Publications

  1. Bradshaw RL (02/2022). A standards-based clinical decision support platform for identifying population health management cohrots.
  2. Khan E Kaphingst KA Meyer White K Sussman A Guest D Schofield E Dailey YT (02/01/2022). Comprehension of skin cancer genetic risk feedback in primary care patients. J Community Genet, 13, 113-119.
  3. Ratcliff CL Wong B (12/01/2021). The Impact of Communicating Uncertainty on Public Responses to Precision Medicine Research. 55, 1048-1061.
  4. Chavez-Yenter D Vagher J Clayton MF (11/01/2021). "Being proactive, not reactive": exploring perceptions of genetic testing among White, Latinx, and Pacific Islander Populations. J Community Genet, 12(4), 617-630.
  5. Banerjee SC Sussman A Schofield E Guest DD Dailey YS (10/01/2021). "Let's Talk about Skin Cancer": Examining Association between Family Communication about Skin Cancer, Perceived Risk, and Sun Protection Behaviors. 26, 576-585.
  6. Chavez-Yenter D Zhao J Ratcliff CL Kehoe K (08/01/2021). Theory utilization in current communication of cancer genetic testing research: Identified gaps and opportunities. 282, 114144.
  7. Kaphingst KA Khan E White KM Sussman A Guest D Schofield E Dailey YT (04/01/2021). Effects of health literacy skills, educational attainment, and level of melanoma risk on responses to personalized genomic testing. Patient Educ Couns, 104, 12-19.
  8. White KM (11/2019). MC1R variation in a New Mexico population. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 28, 1845-1852.
  9. Hay JL (07/2019). Psychosocial and cultural determinants of interest and uptake of skin cancer genetic testing in diverse primary care. Public Health Genomics, 22, 58-68.
  10. Albright FS (06/2019). Population-based Relative Risks for Specific Family History Constellations of Breast Cancer. Cancer Causes Control, 30, 581-590.
  11. McBride CM (06/2019). Behavioral and social scientists’ reflections on genomics: a systematic evaluation within the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Transl Behav Med, 9, 1012-1019.
  12. Canary HE (03/2019). Family health history tools as communication resources: perspectives from Caucasian, Hispanic, and Pacific Islander families. 19, 126-143.
  13. Klein WMP (02/2019). Optimal integration of behavioral medicine into clinical genetics and genomics. Am J Hum Genet, 104, 193-196.
  14. Kaphingst KA (01/2019). Cancer communication research in the era of genomics and precision medicine: a scoping review. Genet Med, 21, 1691-1698.
  15. Matsen CB (01/2019). Decision role preferences for genome sequencing amongst young breast cancer patients. Patient Educ Couns, 102(1), 155-161.
  16. Murray MF (12/2018). A proposed approach for implementing genomics-based screening programs for healthy adults. National Academy of Medicine. National Academy of Medicine.
  17. Waters EA (11/2018). Examining the interrelations among objective and subjective health literacy and numeracy and their associations with health knowledge. J Gen Intern Med, 33(11), 1945-1953.
  18. Petersen J (11/2018). Patterns of family communication and preferred resources for sharing information among families with Lynch syndrome diagnosis. Patient Educ Couns, 101, 2011-2017.
  19. Hong SJ (11/2018). Factors affecting breast cancer patients' need for genetic risk information: from information insufficiency to information need. J Genet Couns, 28, 543-557.
  20. Hudson DL (09/2018). Mental health and diabetes control among vulnerable primary care patients.
  21. Orom H (08/2018). Low health literacy and health information avoidance but not satisficing help explain don't know responses to questions assessing perceived risk. Med Decis Making, 38(8), 1006-1017.
  22. Chen X (08/2018). Health literacy and use and trust in health information. 23(8), 724-734.
  23. Zhao J (06/2018). Show Me Health Plans: dissemination of a web-based decision aid for health insurance plans. J Med Internet Res, 20(6), e209.
  24. Hay JL (02/2018). Interest and uptake of MCIR testing for melanoma risk in diverse primary care. JAMA Dermatol.
  25. Peterson E (02/2018). Communication of cancer-related genetic and genomic information: a landscape analysis of reviews. Transl Behav Med, 8(1), 59-70.
  26. Kaphingst KA (02/2018). Preferences for learning different types of genome sequencing results among young breast cancer patients: role of psychological and clinical factors. Transl Behav Med, 8(1), 71-79.
  27. Hay JL (08/2017). Implementing an Internet-delivered skin cancer genetic testing intervention to improve sun protection behavior in a diverse population . JMIR Res Protoc, 6(4), e52.
  28. Elrick A Ashida S Ivanovich J Lyons S Biesecker BB Goodman MS Kaphingst KA (02/2017). Psychosocial and Clinical Factors Associated with Family Communication of Cancer Genetic Test Results among Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer at a Young Age. J Genet Couns, 26, 173-181.
  29. Kaphingst KA Ivanovich J Elrick A Dresser R Matsen C Goodman MS (11/01/2016). How, who, and when: preferences for delivery of genome sequencing results among women diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age. Mol Genet Genomic Med, 4(6), 684-695.
  30. Wu YP Aspinwall LG Nagelhout E Kohlmann W Kaphingst KA Homburger S Perkins RD Grossman D Harding G Cassidy P Leachman SA (11/01/2016). Development of an Educational Program Integrating Concepts of Genetic Risk and Preventive Strategies for Children with a Family History of Melanoma. 33(4), 774-781.
  31. Housten AJ Furtado K Kaphingst KA Kebodeaux C McBride T Cusanno B Politi MC (11/01/2016). Stakeholders' perceptions of ways to support decisions about health insurance marketplace enrollment: a qualitative study. BMC Health Serv Res, 16, 634.
  32. KA Kaphingst (11/2016).
  33. Allen CG McBride CM Balcazar HG Kaphingst KA (09/01/2016). Community Health Workers: An Untapped Resource to Promote Genomic Literacy. 21, 25-29.
  34. Kaphingst KA (09/2016).
  35. Politi MC Kuzemchak MD Kaphingst KA Perkins H Liu J Byrne MM (08/01/2016). Decision Aids Can Support Cancer Clinical Trials Decisions: Results of a Randomized Trial. Oncologist, 21, 1461-1470.
  36. McQueen A Waters EA Kaphingst KA Caburnay CA Sanders Thompson VL Boyum S Kreuter MW (07/01/2016). Examining Interpretations of Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels Among U.S. Youth and Adults. 21, 855-67.
  37. Kaphingst KA Blanchard M Milam L Pokharel M Elrick A Goodman MS (04/01/2016). Relationships Between Health Literacy and Genomics-Related Knowledge, Self-Efficacy, Perceived Importance, and Communication in a Medically Underserved Population. 21 Suppl 1, 58-68.
  38. Kaphingst KA Ivanovich J Biesecker BB Dresser R Seo J Dressler LG Goodfellow PJ Goodman MS (02/01/2016). Preferences for return of incidental findings from genome sequencing among women diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age. Clin Genet, 89, 378-84.
  39. Furtado KS Kaphingst KA Perkins H Politi MC (02/01/2016). Health Insurance Information-Seeking Behaviors Among the Uninsured. 21, 148-58.
  40. Politi MC Barker AR Kaphingst KA McBride T Shacham E Kebodeaux CS (02/01/2016). Show Me My Health Plans: a study protocol of a randomized trial testing a decision support tool for the federal health insurance marketplace in Missouri. BMC Health Serv Res, 16, 55.
  41. KA Kaphingst (02/2016).
  42. Kaphingst KA (02/2016).
  43. Fan JH Lyons SA Goodman MS Blanchard MS Kaphingst KA (01/01/2016). Relationship Between Health Literacy and Unintentional and Intentional Medication Nonadherence in Medically Underserved Patients With Type 2 Diabetes.
  44. Young EL Feng BJ Stark AW Damiola F Durand G Forey N Francy TC Gammon A Kohlmann WK Kaphingst KA McKay-Chopin S Nguyen-Dumont T Oliver J Paquette AM Pertesi M Robinot N Rosenthal JS Vallee M Voegele C Hopper JL Southey MC Andrulis IL (01/01/2016). Multigene testing of moderate-risk genes: be mindful of the missense. J Med Genet, 53(6), 366-76.
  45. Brown KM Drake BF Gehlert S Wolf LE DuBois J Seo J Woodward K Perkins H Goodman MS Kaphingst KA (01/01/2016). Differences in preferences for models of consent for biobanks between Black and White women. J Community Genet, 7, 41-9.
  46. Cortez S Milbrandt M Kaphingst K James A Colditz G (01/01/2016). The readability of online breast cancer risk assessment tools. Breast Cancer Res Treat, 154, 191-9.
  47. Seo (12/20/2015).
  48. Madden T Cortez S Kuzemchak M Kaphingst KA Politi MC (12/01/2015). Accuracy of information about the intrauterine device on the Internet. Am J Obstet Gynecol.
  49. Gilbert KL Elder K Lyons S Kaphingst K Blanchard M Goodman M (12/01/2015). Racial Composition Over the Life Course: Examining Separate and Unequal Environments and the Risk for Heart Disease for African American Men. Ethn Dis, 25, 295-304.
  50. McQueen A (12/2015).
  51. Griffey RT (12/2015).
  52. Goodman MS Griffey RT Carpenter CR Blanchard M Kaphingst KA (09/01/2015). Do Subjective Measures Improve the Ability to Identify Limited Health Literacy in a Clinical Setting? J Am Board Fam Med, 28, 584-94.
  53. McVay MA Steinberg DM Askew S Kaphingst KA Bennett GG (08/01/2015). Genetic causal attributions for weight status and weight loss during a behavioral weight gain prevention intervention.
  54. Waters EA McQueen A Caburnay CA Boyum S Sanders Thompson VL Kaphingst KA Kreuter MW (08/01/2015). Perceptions of the US National Tobacco Quitline Among Adolescents and Adults: A Qualitative Study, 2012-2013. 12, E131.
  55. Hidalgo B Kaphingst KA Stafford J Lachance C Goodman MS (06/01/2015). Diagnostic accuracy of self-reported racial composition of residential neighborhood. Ann Epidemiol, 25, 597-604.
  56. Thompson T (05/2015).
  57. Politi MC Kaphingst KA Liu JE Perkins H Furtado K Kreuter MW Shacham E McBride T (04/01/2015). A Randomized Trial Examining Three Strategies for Supporting Health Insurance Decisions among the Uninsured.
  58. Kaphingst KA (02/2015).
  59. Griffey RT (10/2014).
  60. Kaphingst KA (09/2014).
  61. Kaphingst KA (05/2014).
  62. Carpenter CR (02/2014).
  63. Griffey RT (02/2014).
  64. Politi MC (01/2014).
  65. Caburnay CA (01/2014).
  66. Morgan T (01/2014).