Janice A. Sabin, PhD, MSW
The science of implicit (unconscious) bias and effects on medical care; Workforce diversity; Health equity and social determinants of health; Health care delivery to health disparity populations; Culturally tailored health communication, health literacy; Faculty development, continuing education
Area of expertise in racial/ethnic health care disparities with an emphasis on understanding mechanisms and pathways that lead to unequal treatment in health care. One of the earliest investigators in the nation to apply the science of implicit bias to health care disparities research. Has designed and implemented research on implicit bias in academic medicine, the Indian Health Service, the Washington State community mental health system, and with national samples.
Research includes examining pediatricians’ racial bias/discrimination in treatment decisions, race and /weight bias among providers in the Indian Health Service, providers’ stereotypes toward people with mental illnesses, multidisciplinary provider attitudes toward lesbian women and gay men, and community based participatory research with African American and American Indian/Alaska Native communities. (funding from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Institutes of Health)
Develops interactive, online and in-person workshops on healthcare disparities and the science of implicit bias for physicians, nurses, other providers, interprofessional education programs, and health sciences trainees. Mentor trainees interested in health equity. Designed and implemented training for search committees aimed at increasing faculty diversity.
Faculty on the Pediatric Pulmonary Leadership Training Grant (MCHB) based at Seattle Children’s Hospital- leads health equity education and leadership curriculum. Affiliated faculty with the UWSOM Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI)- workforce diversity and education on implicit bias in health care for trainees and faculty. Chosen to give the University of Washington, 2016 Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture.
Sabin, J. A., Rivara, F. P., Greenwald, A. G., 2008. Physician implicit attitudes and stereotypes about race and quality of medical care, Medical Care, 46 (7) July 2008, 678-685. PMID:18580386 — November, 2015: November, 2015, This paper has been cited in a brief to the United States Supreme Court in the Fisher vs. University of Texas case being heard in December 2015, the American Psychological Association (APA) brief in favor of the respondent (Texas). Decided in June 2016 in favor of respondent (U Texas).
Sabin, J. A., Nosek, B. A., Greenwald, A. G., Rivara, F.P., 2009. Physician implicit and explicit attitudes about race by MD race/ethnicity and gender. J of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 20 (3), 903-920. PMID:19648715, NIHMS365001 — November, 2015, This paper has been cited in a brief to the United States Supreme Court in the Fisher vs. University of Texas case being heard in December 2015, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC ) brief in favor of the respondent (Texas).Decided in June 2016 in favor of respondent (U Texas).
Cooper, L. A., Roter, D., Carson, K. A., Beach, M., Sabin, J. A., Greenwald, A. G., Inui, T.S., 2012. Implicit Racial Bias among Clinicians, Communication Behaviors, and Patient Ratings of Interpersonal Care, American Journal of Public Health 102 (5), 979-987. PMID:2420787 — November, 2015, This paper has been cited in a brief to the United States Supreme Court in the Fisher vs. University of Texas case being heard in December 2015, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC ) brief in favor of the respondent (Texas). Decided in June 2016 in favor of respondent (U Texas)
Sabin, J.A., Greenwald A.G., 2012.The Influence of Implicit Bias on Treatment Recommendations for Four Common Pediatric Conditions: Pain, Urinary Tract Infection, ADHD, and Asthma, American Journal of Public Health 102 (5), 988-995. PMID: 22420817
Sabin, J. A., Marini, M., Nosek, B.A., 2012. Physician Implicit and Explicit Attitudes about Weight by MD Gender, BMI and Race/Ethnicity, PLoS One, November 7, 2012, 7(11) e48448. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0048448. Epub 2012 Nov 7. PMID:23144885
Van Schaik E, Howson A, Sabin J. A., Healthcare Disparities. MedEdPORTAL, 2014. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/9675
Sabin, J. A., Stuber, J., Rocha, A., Greenwald, A., 2015, Providers’ Implicit and Explicit Beliefs about Mental Illnesses and Clinical Competencies in Recovery, Social Work in Mental Health, 13, 495-513.
Sabin, J.A., Riskind, R, Nosek, BA, 2015, Healthcare Provider’s Implicit and Explicit Attitudes Toward Lesbian Women and Gay Men, American Journal of Public Health, July 16, 2015 First Look online publication, in print September, 2015, v. 105 (9), 1831-1841.
Sabin, J. A., Moore, K., Noonan, C., Lallemand, O., Buchwald, D., 2015, Implicit and Explicit Attitudes about Weight and Race and their Association with Weight Management of American Indian Children, Childhood Obesity, 11, (4), 456-465.
Martin, G., Kirgis, J., Sid, E., Sabin, J. A., 2016, Equitable Imagery in the Pre-Clinical Medical School Curriculum, Academic Medicine, published first on line, February 4, 2016.
Sabin, J.A., Riskind, R, 2016. Develop and Evaluate LGBTQ Core Curriculum in the Health Sciences, American Journal of Public Health. 106 (103), 570-571.