Richard B. Warnecke

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Richard B. Warnecke


Director and Professor Emeritus


eRA COMMONS USER NAME (credential, e.g., agency login)


EDUCATION/TRAINING (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing, and include postdoctoral training.)



(if applicable)



Cornell University, Ithaca, New York



Industrial & Labor Relations

Colgate University, Hamilton, New York




Duke University, Durham, North Carolina




Duke University, Durham, North Carolina



Sociology & Anthropology




Personal Statement


Dr. Warnecke is a social epidemiologist and Professor Emeritus in Epidemiology, Sociology and Public Administration.  He remains a fellow of the Institute for Health Research and Policy.  He is Co-Director of one of ten Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities. The center’s focus is breast cancer disparities.  Over his career of 43 years he has focused on various aspects of health in underserved communities concentrating his work in cancer (breast, cervical, and tobacco cessation).  Lately his interests have focused on multilevel approaches to addressing health disparities, specifically on the potential impact of federal programs such as the Federally Qualified Health Centers on addressing disparities among medically underserved populations.




B. Positions and Honors


Positions and Employment


1982–1986      Associate Director for Cancer Control, Illinois Cancer Council, Chicago, IL


1982–1996      Director, Survey Research Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Chicago, IL


1982–2007      Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL


1982–2007      Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program, School of Public Health, UIC, Chicago.


1982–Present  Research Professor, Survey Research Laboratory, University of Illinois at Chicago.


1996–2007      Professor, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs—Public Admin., UIC, Chicago, IL


1997–2000      Director, Health Policy Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL


1997–2003      Director, Center for Health Services Research, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL


2000–2007      Director of Cancer Control in Special Populations, Education and Quality of Life Issues,


                        University of Illinois Cancer Center at Chicago, Chicago, IL


2003–2009      Director, Center for Population Health & Health Disparities, University of Illinois at Chicago


2010-Present  Co-Director Center for Population Health & Health Disparities, University of Illinois at Chicago


2007-Present  Professor Emeritus, Departments of Sociology, Public Administration and Division of


Epidemiology and Biostatistics




Selected peer-reviewed publications (16/99)


1.            Some methodologic lessons learned from cancer screening research (S. W. Vernon, P. A. Briss, J. A. Tiro, R. B. Warnecke). Cancer, 101(S5), 2004, 1131–1145.


2.            An investigation of the effects of social desirability on validity of self-reports of cancer screening behaviors (T. P. Johnson, D. P. O’Rourke, J. E. Burris, R. B. Warnecke). Medical Care, 43(6), 2005, 565–573.


3.            Cultural variability in effects of question design features on respondent comprehension (T. P. Johnson, Y. I. Cho, A. Holbrook, D. O’Rourke, R. Warnecke, N. Chávez). ZUMA-Nachrichten Spezial, 11, 2005, 65–78.


4.            Avoiding free care at all cost: A survey of uninsured patients choosing not to seek emergency services at an urban county hospital (S. J. Weiner, J. B. VanGeest, R. I. Abrams, A. Moswin, R. Warnecke). Journal of Urban Health, 83, 2006, 244–252.


5.            Understanding African Americans’ views of the trustworthiness of physicians (E. A. Jacobs, I. Rolle, C. E. Ferrans, E. E. Whitaker, R. B. Warnecke). Journal of General Internal Medicine, 21, 2006, 642–647.


6.            Cultural variability in the comprehension of health survey questions (T. P. Johnson, Y. I. Cho, A. Holbrook, D. O'Rourke, R. Warnecke, N. Chávez). Annals of Epidemiology, 16, 2006, 661–668.


7.            Advancing the science of health disparities research (N. T. Artinian, R. B. Warnecke, K. M. Kelly, J. Weiner, N. Lurie, J. M. Flack, J. Mattei,K. Eschbach, J. A. Long, A. Furumoto-Dawson, J. R. Hankin, C. DeGraffinreid). Ethnicity and Disease, 17, 2007, 427–433.


8.            Neighborhood change and distant metastasis at diagnosis of breast cancer (R. E. Barrett, Y. I. Cho, K. E. Weaver, K. Ryu, R. T. Campbell, T. A. Dolecek, R. B. Warnecke). Annals of Epid, 18, 2008, 43–47.


9.            Social support as a moderator of the relationship between recent history of depression and smoking cessation among lower-educated women (L. R. Turner, R. Mermelstein, B. Hitsman, R. B. Warnecke). Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 10, 2008, 201–212.


10.          Approaching health disparities from a population perspective: The NIH Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities (R. Warnecke, A. Oh, N. Breen, S. Gehlert, E. Paskett, K. L. Tucker, N. Lurie, T. Rebbeck, J. Goodwin, J. Flack, S. Srinivasan, J. Kerner, S. Heurtin-Roberts, R. Abeles, F. L. Tyson, G. Patmios, R. A. Hiatt). American Journal of Public Health, 98, 2008, 1608–1615.


11.          Characteristics of mammography facility locations and stage of breast cancer at diagnosis in Chicago (E. Tarlov, S. N. Zenk, R. T. Campbell, R. B. Warnecke, R. Block). J of Urban Health, 86, 2009, 196–213.


12.          Neighborhood changes in concentrated immigration and late stage breast cancer diagnosis (Y. I. Cho, T. P. Johnson, R. Barrett, & R. Warnecke). Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.  13, 2011, 9-14.


13.          Misconceptions about breast lumps and delayed medical presentation in urban breast cancer patients. (GH. Rauscher, CE. Ferrans, K. Kaiser, RT Campbell, EE Calhoun, RB Warnecke). Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.19(3) 2010:640-647)


14.  Finding needles in a haystack: a methodology for identifying and sampling community-based youth


smoking cessation programs. Emery S, Lee J, Curry SJ, Johnson T, Sporer AK, Mermelstein R, Flay


B, Warnecke R. Eval Rev. 2010 Feb;34(1):35-51.


15.  The importance of trust in regular providers to trust in cancer physicians among white, African


American, and Hispanic breast cancer patients. (Kaiser K, Rauscher GH, Jacobs EA, Strenski TA,


Ferrans CE, Warnecke RB.) J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Jan;26(1):51-7. [See abstract]


16. Association of census-tract level socioeconomic status with disparities in prostate cancer-specific survival. Freeman VL, Ricardo AC, Campbell RT, Barrett RE, Warnecke RB.  Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2011;20(10)October:2150-2159. DOI: 10.1158/1055-9966.EPI-11-0344.




D. Research Support




Ongoing Research Support


2P50 CA106743-06    Warnecke (Contact-Co-PI), Calhoun (Co-PI.)           07/01/10-6/30/15


Conduct research based on findings from first 5 years on interventions that address differential risk of breast cancer mortality among African American and Hispanic versus White patients using navigation and advance risk assessment strategies and to conduct epigenetic research on methylation and stress.




2P50 CA106743-06S1 (OBSSR funded) (07/01/10-06/30/11)


To study the patterns of referral among safety-net providers in Chicago as part of a larger study of the impact of Community Health Centers on risk of late stage diagnosis.




1 P60 MD003424-01 7/01/2009-6/30/2014 Calhoun (Contact Co-PI) Ferrans (Co-PI)


To develop a Center of Excellence in Health Disparities with research focus on colon and ovarian cancers and outreach and education programs.


Role: Core Leader of Research Core




2P50 CA106743-07S1 Warnecke (Contact-Co-PI), Calhoun 07/01/2010-06/30/2015


Developing and examining the efficacy of interventions that will reduce health disparities in screening, risk reduction and subsequently breast cancer outcomes among women at increased risk.






2P50 CA106743-07S2 Warnecke (Contact-Co-PI), Calhoun 07/01/2010-06/30/2015


The goal of this project is to identify the potential ethical implication of a Federally Qualified Health Center, clinic-wide policy to provide female patients ages 25-70 with personalized breast cancer risk information.




Completed Research Support (last 3 years)




R 25 CA57699            Warnecke (PI)            09/15/92 – 03/31/2009


Cancer Education and Career Development Program


This is a continuation of a PRC training grant for a pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training program in cancer prevention and control.


Role: PI then transferred to new PIs due to retirement




1 PO1 CA98262-01A2            Mermelstein (PI)         09/22/04 – 8/31/2009*




Social-Emotional Contexts of Adolescent Smoking Patterns


The overall goal of this program is to increase our understanding of the patterns of adolescent smoking from experimentation onward. Our hope is to track the natural history of patterns and to examine selected contextual factors that may influence them. Our focus is on social-emotional contexts that influence patterns.


Role: Co-Investigator until 08/31/07*


(no # assigned)           Curry (PI)        02/01/01 – 02/28/08


RWJF/National Cancer Institute and CDC office of Smoking and Health: Helping Young Smokers Quit


This project will identify best and worst practices in the treatment of youth tobacco use and dependence. The first phase will survey existing adolescent tobacco cessation programs to identify the range of offerings, treatment programs, and resources. The second phase will conduct 40-50 two-year program evaluations, using “process to outcomes” meta-analyses with pooled results from evaluations.


Role: Co-Investigator until 02/28/06




09/30/03 – 08/31/08*


NIH/NCI          * no cost extension


The UIC Center for Population Health and Health Disparities


The Center for Population on Health and Health Disparities has as its focus: to address disparities in cancer incidence, stage at diagnosis and survival associated with race ethnicity and other socio-demographic factors.


Role: PI




1P50 CA106743-03S1            Warnecke (PI)            09/01/05 – 08/31/08*


NCI      * no cost extension


UIC Center for Population Health and Health Disparities—Minority Supplement


This research training program seeks to expand the candidate’s understanding of prostate cancer disease and racial/ethnic disparities in outcomes by incorporating social, behavioral, psychological and healthcare dimensions of risk.


Role: PI




1 P50 CA 106743-S2  Warnecke (PI)            09/01/06 – 08/31/07




Socioeconomic Status, Age and Race/Ethnicity as Predictors of Stage of Disease (CPHHD Supplement).


This study seeks to replicate analyses being conducted at the UIC CPHHD with data from other centers located at RAND, Wayne State University, Tufts University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania.


Role: PI




1 P20 MD001816-01  Samson (PI)    09/30/06 – 09/29/2011




Research Infrastructure for Minority Institutions


Governor’s State University is developing a Center for Healthcare Research as a part of their Infrastructure at Minority Institutions Initiative. The University of Illinois at Chicago is serving as the mentoring institution for the Center. Members of the Mentoring Team will consult on methodology and research design, critically read and advise on research proposals as requested and collaborate on research and publications of mutual interest.


Role: PI UIC Subcontract




Rausher (PI)   09/01/07 – 08/31/2010




American Cancer Society


Mammography Effectiveness in Ethnic Disparity in Symptomatic Breast Cancer


This study has three aims: i) to describe the racial and ethnic disparity in the effectiveness of mammography and its relation to stage at diagnosis; ii) to determine whether specific indicators of film image quality contribute to the disparity in interval cancer when compared to screen discovered cancers; and iii) to explore the possibility that facility differences might contribute to the disparity in missed follow-up cancers when compared to screen-discovered cancers.


Role: Co-Investigator




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