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


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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. She is a scholar of health disparities and health systems, whose research program explores the intersections of social inequality, public policy, and health care. Dr. Padamsee is the Principal Investigator of the Daughter Sister Mother Project, which conducts multi-method studies of how diverse women at elevated risk for breast cancer make prevention decisions and how women can better be supported to manage their cancer risks. Funded by a K01 award from the National Cancer Institute as well as the OSU Cancer Control Program and the Stefanie Spielman Fund, these studies have documented racial disparities in access to breast cancer prevention methods, gaps in population-based screening programs to identify high-risk women, and more.

Since early 2020, Dr. Padamsee has been intensively involved in COVID-19 response, recovery, and research activities. She has helped shape Ohio’s response to COVID-19 in vulnerable populations as a member of the Health Equity Workgroup at the Ohio Department of Health, co-authored Ohio’s COVID-19 Populations Needs Assessment with Dr. Julianna Nemeth, helped design a federally funded initiative to increase COVID testing across Ohio and the OSU Wexner Medical Center’s mass COVID-19 vaccination site to advance regional health equity, and co-leads the C3-REACH research team (Committed to Communities Collaborative: Research and Engagement to Advance beyond COVID to Health Equity). Dr. Padamsee’s comparative research on HIV/AIDS policies in the United States and United Kingdom has documented the distinct ways each country responded to that pandemic over 35 years, and the origins of those differences in political and health institutions, cultural contexts, and political mobilization at the national level. Dr. Padamsee also leads the qualitative components of a multi-million-dollar comparative effectiveness study of workers’ compensation policies to decrease unsafe opioid prescribing among injured workers and serves as qualitative methodologist and mixed methods consultant on studies of several other topics.

  • 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

Tasleem J. Padamsee, Anna Muraveva, Rachel Meadows, Megan Hils*, Lisa D. Yee, Celia E. Wills, and Electra D. Paskett. “Racial differences in prevention decision making among women at elevated risk of breast cancer.” Forthcoming in PLOS One.

Rachel J. Meadows, Wilson Figueroa, Kate P. Shane-Carson, and Tasleem J. Padamsee. 2022. “Predicting breast cancer risk in a racially diverse, community-based sample of potentially high-risk women.” Cancer Medicine. First published online April 6. https://doi.org/10.1002/cam4.4721

Tasleem J. Padamsee, Robert M. Bond, Graham N. Dixon, Shelly R. Hovick, Kilhoe Na, Erik C. Nisbet, Duane T. Wegener, R. Kelly Garrett. 2022. “Changes in COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among Black and White individuals in the US” JAMA Network Open 5(1):e2144470. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2788286

Tasleem J. Padamsee, Megan Hils*, Anna Muraveva*. 2021. “Understanding low chemoprevention uptake by women at high risk of breast cancer: Findings from a qualitative inductive study of women’s risk-reduction experiences.” BMC Women’s Health 21(157). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12905-021-01279-4

Rachel J. Meadows* and Tasleem J. Padamsee. 2021. “Financial constraints on genetic counseling and further risk-management decisions among U.S. women at elevated breast cancer risk.” Journal of Genetic Counseling 30(5): 1452-1467. First published online March 21. https://doi.org/10.1002/jgc4.1413

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. 2020. “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, Celia E. Wills, Lisa D. Yee, and Electra D. Paskett. 2017. “Decision making for breast cancer prevention among women at elevated risk.” Breast Cancer Research 19(1):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