Heather Orom


Heather Orom.

Heather Orom


Heather Orom


Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor

Research Topics

Understanding and identifying strategies for eliminating health disparities; evaluating the application of health behavior theory across cultural contexts; determinants of prostate cancer treatment decision making and wellbeing in survivorship; psychosocial adaptation to environmental disasters.

Contact Information

304 Kimball Tower

Buffalo NY, 14214

Phone: (716) 829-6682

Fax: (716) 829-6040



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 of 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