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Heather Pauls Hrynyk, MPH

Senior Research Specialist

Department of Research Facilitation


My research focus is in survey design and the collection, management, and analysis of a wide array of health data. I hold a Master’s in Public Health in Epidemiology from The UIC School of Public Health and have over seven years of experience in working with data from the census, medical records, data repositories, survey databases such as REDCap and Qualtrics, and government data such as ISCR and the NDI. I am experienced in managing data and visualizing data in SAS, Stata, SPSS, Excel, and ESRI ArcGIS.

Selected Publications

Lockwood, M. B., Dunn-Lopez, K., Pauls, H., Burke, L., Shah, S. D., & Saunders, M. A. (2018). If you build it, they may not come: modifiable barriers to patient portal use among pre-and post-kidney transplant patients. JAMIA Open.

Molina, Y., Kim, S. J., Berrios, N., Glassgow, A. E., San Miguel, Y., Darnell, J. S., … & Calhoun, E. A. (2018). Patient Navigation Improves Subsequent Breast Cancer Screening After a Noncancerous Result: Evidence from the Patient Navigation in Medically Underserved Areas Study. Journal of Women’s Health, 27(3), 317-323.

Molina, Y., Glassgow, A. E., Kim, S. J., Berrios, N. M., Pauls, H., Watson, K. S., … & Calhoun, E. A. (2017). Patient Navigation in Medically Underserved Areas study design: A trial with implications for efficacy, effect modification, and full continuum assessment. Contemporary clinical trials, 53, 29-35.

Patil, C. L., Klima, C. S., Leshabari, S. C., Steffen, A. D., Pauls, H., McGown, M., & Norr, K. F. (2017). Randomized controlled pilot of a group antenatal care model and the sociodemographic factors associated with pregnancy-related empowerment in sub-Saharan Africa. BMC pregnancy and childbirth, 17(2), 336.

Patil, C. L., Klima, C. S., Steffen, A. D., Leshabari, S. C., Pauls, H., & Norr, K. F. (2017). Implementation challenges and outcomes of a randomized controlled pilot study of a group prenatal care model in Malawi and Tanzania. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 139(3), 290-296.

Jones, L. A., Ferrans, C. E., Polite, B. N., Brewer, K. C., Maker, A. V., Pauls, H. A., & Rauscher, G. H. (2017). Examining racial disparities in colon cancer clinical delay in the Colon Cancer Patterns of Care in Chicago study. Annals of epidemiology, 27(11), 731-738.

Ferro, E. G., Culbert, G. J., Wickersham, J. A., Marcus, R., Steffen, A. D., Pauls, H. A., … & Altice, F. L. (2017, January). Physician decisions to defer antiretroviral therapy in key populations: implications for reducing human immunodeficiency virus incidence and mortality in Malaysia. In Open forum infectious diseases (Vol. 4, No. 1). Oxford University Press.

Brewer, K. C., Peterson, C. E., Davis, F. G., Hoskins, K., Pauls, H., & Joslin, C. E. (2015). The influence of neighborhood socioeconomic status and race on survival from ovarian cancer: a population-based analysis of Cook County, Illinois. Annals of epidemiology, 25(8), 556-563.

Hedlund, N., Risendal, B. C., Pauls, H., Valverde, P. A., Whitley, E., Esparza, A., … & Calhoun, E. (2014). Dissemination of patient navigation programs across the United States. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 20(4), E15-E24.

Joslin, C. E., Brewer, K. C., Davis, F. G., Hoskins, K., Peterson, C. E., & Pauls, H. A. (2014). The effect of neighborhood-level socioeconomic status on racial differences in ovarian cancer treatment in a population-based analysis in Chicago. Gynecologic oncology, 135(2), 285-291.

Service to Community

College of Nursing Staff Committee - ORF Representative;

Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women - Member


MPH, Epidemiology; University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
BA, Political Science; University of Illinois at Chicago