Using ATLAS.ti in Cancer Research

May 2, 2018

We are proud to interview Pritika C. Kumar, social and behavioral scientist with the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research.

Pritika, thank you for talking with us today. Tell our readers about yourself.

I am a social and behavioral scientist with over 18 years of cumulative experience in domestic and international settings working in the areas of social determinants of health, behavior change communication, social justice, substance and HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health and rights. I bring academic experience in mixed methods research and a passion for qualitative analysis. I do research in social, structural and contextual factors associated with health behaviors and outcomes. After completing my post-doctoral fellowship at NYU School of Medicine, I am currently a research associate at HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research and am co-investigator on several NIH funded grants on opioid use, severe mental illness and suicide risk.

What is HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research?

HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research is a research organization that conducts hundreds of research studies each year to advance treatment, care and systems to improve lives and share findings across the world in areas of research, including health services, survey-based, behavioral intervention, clinical and basic science. We are a leader and participant in 10 national research networks that include other large health care systems. We are also engaged in providing education and training to health professionals in the latest medical treatment and methods, support clinical quality improvement and train new health professionals.

How will you be using ATLAS.ti?

I hope to use my qualitative analysis skills, and ATLAS.ti, for a NIH funded study to provided clinical decision support for cancer treatment. My role as a qualitative researcher would be to evaluate the implementation of the Consolidated Framework of Implementation Research in this study, identifying barriers and facilitators for the same. My first training in ATLAS.ti was in 2014 with Dr. Contreras and then I took the advanced training in 2015 with Dr. Friese. I have used ATLAS.ti for analysis for several qualitative projects and have published as a co-author in high impact peer reviewed journals.

Thank you very much Pritika. Our best wishes to you!

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