Heather Gardiner, PhD, MPH, is Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences in Temple University’s College of Public Health. Gardiner directs the Health Disparities Research Lab and the Office of Community Engaged Research and Practice, which leads growth of the college’s interdisciplinary, community based activities for research, teaching, service and practice. She is a mixed-methodologist with a program of research focused at the intersection of interpersonal health communication and organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Across these areas of research, her primary goals have been to improve the organ and tissue donation process in the United States, reduce transplant inequities, and increase access to transplantation for ethnic minorities and other underserved or marginalized populations. Gardiner earned her doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and her master’s in Public Health from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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