Marie Plaisime ’08 was one of forty students selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research scholar in 2017. Marie is a second-year doctoral student of medical sociology at Howard University and the first student of the university selected for the honor. As part of the program, she will explore the link between unconscious bias and its connection to health care processes and outcomes.
Marie will build upon her previous research in provider-bias that she first explored at Drexel University. Her master’s thesis examined the occurrence of racial preference in medical settings and was published in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.
“Such an inquiry will have significant policy implications, particularly in affirming health policies and practices that promote access to prevention and treatment for all,” Marie said.
As part of the program, she will have access to tools and mentors. Upon graduation, she will earn the distinction of being a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Leadership Program.
The purpose of the program, led by The George Washington University and with support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is to bring together doctoral students from multiple disciplines to create more health equity. It was created intentionally for people who—by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or other factors—are traditionally underrepresented in doctoral programs.