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The science of implicit (unconscious) bias and effects on medical care, workforce diversity, health equity and social determinants of health, healthcare delivery to health-disparity populations, patient-provider communication, culturally tailored health communication, and faculty development.


Dr. Sabin is a Research Professor, University of Washington, School of Medicine, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education. She is one of the earliest investigators in the world to apply the science of implicit bias to health care disparities research. Her research includes examining patient-provider communication in real-world clinic visits, health care providers attitudes toward race, ethnicity, weight, age, sexual orientation, and the impact of implicit bias on healthcare. Through federally funded grants she is evaluating education for providers on implicit bias in healthcare, testing a health disparities educational intervention for medical residents and Doctor of Nursing Practice trainees and is working with an interdisciplinary team to develop technology that alerts clinicians when their unconscious biases might be affecting how they interact with patients. Dr. Sabin’s presentation topic areas include social determinants of health, healthcare disparities, the science of implicit bias, the value of and best practices to increase workforce diversity, and actions to mitigate the impact of implicit bias on individual and institutional behavior.


The science of implicit bias; pediatricians’ racial bias/discrimination in treatment decisions, provider race and /weight bias; stereotypes toward people with mental illnesses; lesbian women and gay men; design/evaluate health disparities education for faculty, graduate medical and nursing trainees.


Interactive, online/in-person presentation/workshops on healthcare disparities and the science of implicit bias. Mentor trainees interested in health equity.

Other Roles:

Other Roles: University of Washington, Center for Health Workforce Studies- Health Equity, Investigator. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), #6 U81HP32114-05-03, PI, Bianca Frogner, Department of Family Medicine.)

Representative publications:

Graetz, Madni, Guolian, Gossett, Kang, Santana, Sabin, Russo, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Implicit bias in pediatric cancer clinical trials: a study in academic and community based practice settings. Cancer 2021 Jan 15;127(2):284-290. doi: 10.1002/cncr.33268. Epub 2020 Oct 29. 33119199. PMID:33119199

Tjia J, Pugnaire M, Calista J, Esparza N, Valdman O, Garcia M, Yazdani M, Hale J, Terrien J, Eisdorfer E, Zolezzi-Wyndham V, Chiriboga G, Rappaport L, Puerto G, Dykhouse E, Potts S, Sifuentes AF, Stanhope S, Allison J, Duodo V, Sabin J.A. COmmuNity-engaged SimULation training for blood pressure control (CONSULT-BP): A study protocol. Medicine 2021;100:5(e23680). PMID:33592827

Cho DY, Kneib CJ, Massie JP, Sobol DL, Crowe CS, Shakir A, Burns JR, Lane M, Morrison SD, Sabin J, Sousa JD.Visual representation of racial diversity in aesthetic surgery literature. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2021;74(1):223-243. PMID:32507707

Groves, P.S., Bunch, J.L., & Sabin, J.A. Nurse bias and nursing care disparities related to patient characteristics: A scoping review of the quantitative and qualitative evidence. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 2021 2021 Dec;30(23-24):3385-3397. doi: 10.1111/jocn.15861. Epub 2021 May 22. PMID:34021653

Sabin J, Guenther G, Ornelas IJ, Patterson DG, Andrilla CHA, Morales L, Gujral K, Frogner BK. Brief online implicit bias education increases bias awareness among clinical teaching faculty. Med Educ Online. 2022: 27(1) PMID: 35037585 PMCID: PMC8765255 DOI: 10.1080/10872981.2021.2025307

Lisa G Dirks, Erin Beneteau, Janice A Sabin, Wanda Pratt, Cezanne Lane, Emily Bascom, Reggie Casanova-Perez, Naba Rivas, Nadir Weibel, Andrea L Hartzler, Battling Bias in Primary Care encounters: Informatics Designs to Support Clinicians, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA),CHI EA ’22: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts, April 2022 Article No.: 386 Pages 1–9 PMID: 35615338

Calvin Apodaca, Reggie Casanova-Perez, Emily Bascom, Deepthi Mohanraj, Cezanne Lane, Drishti Vidyarthi, Erin Beneteau, Janice Sabin, Wanda Pratt, Nadir Weibel, and, Andrea L Hartzler, Maybe they had a bad day: how LGBTQ and BIPOC patients react to bias in healthcare and struggle to speak out, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 2022, ocac142,

Ornelas, I.J., Schwartz, M., Sabin, J.A., Frogner, B.K. 2022, Using Experiential Education in Health Professions Training to Improve Health Equity: Lessons Learned from Interviews with Key Informants, Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Education, 2022 Dec 15;26(3):2025307

Max J. Nguemeni Tiako, Farah Rahman, Janice Sabin, Aba Black, Dowin Boatright, Inginia Genao, 2022 ,Piloting Web-Based Structural Competency Modules Among Internal Medicine Residents and Graduate Students in Public Health, Frontiers in Public Health, 4 October 2022, Sec. Public Health Education and Promotion

Sabin JA. Tackling Implicit Bias in Health Care. N Engl J Med. 2022 Jul 14;387(2):105-107. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp2201180. Epub 2022 Jul 9. PMID: 35801989.

Lee D, Kett PM, Mohammed SA, Frogner BK, Sabin J (2023) Inequitable care delivery toward COVID-19 positive people of color and people with disabilities. PLOS Global Public Health 3(4): e0001499.