Gala True, PhD

CPHI Adjunct Fellow

Title: Affiliate Investigator - Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP),
Philadelphia VA Medical Center

Public Health Interests:

Veterans, Narrative Research, Qualitative Methods, Patient-Centered Research

Current Public-Health Related Activities:

Gala True, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and folklorist whose research focuses on understanding and reducing health disparities and access to care through a patient-centered focus. Her current work involves the use of narrative and ethnography to understand barriers to mental health care for veterans returning from combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is also part of a team funded by the NIH Office of Research Integrity to develop interventions to ensure research integrity of community-based research studies that employ community members to conduct front-line research activities. Dr. True collaborates with a number of investigators at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center and University of Pennsylvania to integrate qualitative and mixed-methods research approaches to public health research.

Select Publications:

True, G., Bartlett, M., Fink, R., Linebarger, M., Schwartz, M. “Perspectives of Persons with Aphasia on use of    SentenceShaper To Go: A Qualitative Study.” Aphasiology, in press.

True, G., Phipps, E., Braitman, L., Harralson, T., Harris, D., Tester, W.  “Treatment Preferences and        Advance Care Planning at End of Life: The Role of Ethnicity and Spiritual Coping in Cancer Patients,” Annals of Behavioral Medicine: 30(2): 174-179, 2005.

True, G., Phipps, E., and Murray, G. “Community Perspectives on Advance Care Planning: Report from the Community Ethics Program,” Journal of Cultural Diversity: 10(4): 118-123, 2003.

Phipps, E., True G. “Women, Minorities, and Organ Donation in Transplantation.” In Wayne Shelton and John Balint, eds., The Ethics of Organ Donation and Transplantation, Volume 7: 317-337.  JAI Press/Elsevier          Science: New York, 2001.