Heather Orom, PhD

Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, School of Public Health and Health Professions; Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Community Health and Health Behavior

Contact Information

304 Kimball Tower
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 829-6682
Fax: (716) 829-6040
Email: horom@buffalo.edu


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Heather Orom’s first line of research is on the causes of health disparities. She is interested in how broad social determinants of health such as discrimination influence health outcomes. Currently, Orom is investigating the causes of racial disparities in cancer prevention and treatment. There are, for example, persistent Black-White disparities in treatment received for prostate cancer, but the root causes s these disparities are unknown. Orom is a PI of a five-year study of racial ethnic disparities in prostate cancer treatment and survivorship. She is exploring several possible explanations for prostate cancer treatment disparities including physician-patient interaction, physician bias, institutional racism, and patient preference. Orom is also interested in disparities in cancer prevention. Having documented racial/ethnic differences in perceived susceptibility for cancer, she and colleagues are investigating the origins and consequences of these differences. 


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University and Karmanos Cancer Institute
  • PhD, Social and Personality Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • BA, Comparative Literature, Marlboro College