Susan Passmore, PhD

Position title: Assistant Professor


Phone: 608-263-5176

3111 Signe Skott Cooper Hall

Susan Passmore

PhD, Southern Methodist University in: Anthropology, 2000
MA, Southern Methodist University in: Anthropology, 1996
BA, University of Massachusetts in: Anthropology; Supporting Areas of Emphasis: Women’s Studies, 1991

Dr. Passmore studies ways to promote the ethical and equitable distribution of the benefits of health research. As a cultural anthropologist working in the science of community engagement, Dr. Passmore’s research program involves a focus the construction of researcher “trustworthiness” and the minimization of structural barriers to diversity. Through this work, she hopes to develop innovative and practical ways to support the inclusion of communities experiencing health disparities in science as a fundamental component of health equity. Dr. Passmore is also an affiliate of the Institute for Diversity Science.

Research focus areas

Health Equity

  • Developing tools and educational programs to promote researcher trustworthiness
  • Understanding barriers to inclusive practices in research, especially in traditional scientific approaches
  • Developing evidence-based methods of community engagement in health research

Health Systems and Public Health

  • Understanding trust in public health messaging

Health Equity      Health Systems and Public Health