Tasleem Padamsee, PhD

Assistant Professor

Tasleem Padamsee, PhD

Working in public health means working with people who are passionate about improving the health of individuals, families, and groups and open-minded enough to solve problems using whatever tools are the most effective. I love collaborating with faculty and staff who have many different types of expertise to make a practical impact and advance cutting-edge research. And I love collaborating with students who are determined to find their own niche and make the world a better place.


1841 Neil Ave.
280F Cunz Hall
Columbus, OH 43210
Email: padamsee.1@osu.edu
Phone: 614-688-0986
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Padamsee Research Group,
COVID-19 and Vulnerable Populations Workgroup

Professional Overview

Dr. Padamsee is a sociologist by training and brings theoretical and methodological tools from sociology and women’s studies to bear on public health problems. Her research agenda explores the nexus of social inequality, public policy and health care. Dr. Padamsee is the Principal Investigator for two major ongoing projects. The first is a multi-method study of how diverse women at elevated risk for breast cancer make prevention decisions, and the effects of these decision-making processes on physical and psychosocial health. This research is funded by a K01 award from the National Cancer Institute, the OSU Cancer Control Program and the Stefanie Spielman Fund. The second is an in-depth comparative study of how HIV/AIDS policies have been made in the United States and the United Kingdom over the past 30 years. This research draws on more than 200 original interviews with national-level policy makers and is the subject of a book manuscript under development. It has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, Reed Foundation, and Wellcome Trust. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Padamsee has been a member of the Health Equity Workgroup at the Ohio Department of Health, which collects, assembles, interprets and disseminates data to shape Ohio’s response to COVID-19 in vulnerable populations. She is also Co-Author, with Dr. Julianna Nemeth, of Ohio’s COVID-19 Populations Needs Assessment

Areas of Research and Study

Breast cancer prevention, Health disparities, U.S. health policy, Health care institutions, Women’s Health, Comparative health politics, HIV/AIDS Policy, Qualitative research methods, Comparative and historical research methods, Medical Sociology, Political Sociology, Feminist Theory


Postdoctoral Fellowship, Sociology, The Ohio State University, 2009-2011
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan, 2007
M.A., Sociology, University of Michigan, 2000
Graduate Certificate, Women’s Studies, University of Michigan, 2000
B.A., Psychology & Premedical Studies, Cornell University, 1994

Selected Publications

Tasleem J. Padamsee, Anna Muraveva*, Lisa D. Yee, Celia E. Wills, Electra D. Paskett. 2020. “Experiencing the cancer of a loved one influences decision-making for breast cancer prevention.” Journal of Health Psychology 25(8): 1064-1075. First published online December 15, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105317746480

Tasleem J. Padamsee. “Fighting an epidemic in political context: Thirty-five years of HIV/AIDS policy making in the United States”. Social History of Medicine 33(3): 1001-1028. First published online December 28, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1093/shm/hky108

Tasleem J. Padamsee, Rachel Meadows*, Megan Hils*. “Layers of information: interacting constraints on breast cancer risk-management by high-risk African American women”. First published December 27 2018. Ethnicity & Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/13557858.2018.1562053

Impact: Top 5% in news and social media attention among all research outputs scored by Altmetric (Altmetric Score 139). https://dimensions.altmetric.com/details/53896654

Theresa A. Hastert, Gregory S. Young, Michael L. Pennell, Tasleem J. Padamsee, S. Yousef Zafar, Cecilia DeGraffinreid, Michelle Naughton, Michael Simon, Electra D. Paskett. 2018. “Financial burden among older, long-term cancer survivors: Results from the LILAC study.” Cancer Medicine 7: 4261-4272. https://doi.org/10.1002/cam4.1671

Rachel Meadows*, Tasleem J. Padamsee, Electra Paskett. 2018. “Distinctive psychological and social experiences of women choosing prophylactic oophorectomy for cancer prevention.” Health Care for Women International. 39(5): 595-616. https://doi.org/10.1080/07399332.2018.1424855

Tasleem J. Padamsee, Celia Wills, Lisa Yee, and Electra Paskett. 2017. “Decision making for breast cancer prevention among women at elevated risk”. Breast Cancer Research 19:34. https://breast-cancer-research.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13058...

Tasleem J. Padamsee. 2017. “The politics of prevention: Lessons from the neglected history of U.S. HIV/AIDS policy.” Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law 42(1), 73-122. https://doi.org/10.1215/03616878-3702782

Tasleem J. Padamsee. 2011. “The pharmaceutical corporation and the “good work” of managing women’s bodies.” Social Science & Medicine 72, 1342-1350. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.10.034

Tasleem J. Padamsee. 2009. “Culture in connection: Re-contextualizing ideational processes in the analysis of policy development.” Social Politics 16(4), 413-445. https://doi.org/10.1093/sp/jxp018

Tasleem J. Padamsee and Julia Adams, 2002. “Signs and regimes revisited.” Social Politics 9(2), 187-202. https://doi.org/10.1093/sp/9.2.187

Julia Adams and Tasleem J. Padamsee, 2001. “Signs and regimes: Rereading feminist work on welfare states.” Social Politics 8(1), 1-23. https://doi.org/10.1093/sp/8.1.1