Mentoring, Training, and Scholarly Productivity Experiences of Cancer-Related Health Disparities Research Trainees: Do Outcomes Differ for Underrepresented Scientists?

  • Tisha M. Felder
  • Kathryn L. Braun
  • Lisa Wigfall
  • Maria Sevoyan
  • Shraddha Vyas
  • Samira Khan
  • Heather M. Brandt
  • Charles Rogers
  • Sora Tanjasiri
  • Cheryl A. Armstead
  • James R. Hébert
Article

Abstract

The study aims to explore variation in scholarly productivity outcomes by underrepresented status among a diverse sample of researchers in a community-engaged training program. We identified 141 trainees from a web-based survey of researchers in the National Cancer Institute-funded, Community Networks Program Centers (CNPCs) (2011–2016). We conducted a series of multiple logistic regression models to estimate the effect of National Institutes of Health (NIH)-defined underrepresented status on four, self-reported, scholarly productivity outcomes in the previous 5 years: number of publications (first-authored and total) and funded grants (NIH and any agency). Sixty-five percent (n = 92) indicated NIH underrepresented status. In final adjusted models, non-NIH underrepresented (vs. underrepresented) trainees reported an increased odds of having more than the median number of total publications (> 9) (OR = 3.14, 95% CI 1.21–8.65) and any grant funding (OR = 5.10, 95% CI 1.77–14.65). Reporting ≥ 1 mentors (vs. none) was also positively associated (p < 0.05) with these outcomes. The CNPC underrepresented trainees had similar success in first-authored publications and NIH funding as non-underrepresented trainees, but not total publications and grants. Examining trainees’ mentoring experiences over time in relation to scholarly productivity outcomes is needed.

Keywords

Cancer-related health disparities Mentoring Underrepresented scientists 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tisha M. Felder
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Kathryn L. Braun
    • 4
    • 5
  • Lisa Wigfall
    • 6
  • Maria Sevoyan
    • 3
    • 7
  • Shraddha Vyas
    • 3
    • 7
  • Samira Khan
    • 3
  • Heather M. Brandt
    • 1
    • 3
    • 8
  • Charles Rogers
    • 9
    • 10
  • Sora Tanjasiri
    • 11
    • 12
  • Cheryl A. Armstead
    • 1
    • 3
    • 13
  • James R. Hébert
    • 1
    • 3
    • 7
  1. 1.South Carolina Cancer Disparities Community NetworkUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.College of NursingUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  3. 3.Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Arnold School of Public HealthUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  4. 4.‘Imi Hale—Native Hawaiian Cancer NetworkPapa Ola LokahiHonoluluUSA
  5. 5.Office of Public Health StudiesUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluUSA
  6. 6.College of Education and Human Development, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Division of Health EducationTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  7. 7.Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Arnold School of Public HealthUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  8. 8.Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, Arnold School of Public HealthUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  9. 9.Minnesota Community Networks Center for Eliminating Cancer DisparitiesMinneapolisUSA
  10. 10.University of Minnesota Medical SchoolMinneapolisUSA
  11. 11.WINCART: Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and TrainingColumbiaUSA
  12. 12.Department of Health ScienceCalifornia State University-FullertonFullertonUSA
  13. 13.Department of PsychologyUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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