Elisa Rodriguez


Specializing In:

Community-Based Participatory Research Mixed-methods research approaches and design Implementation science Social determinants and behavioral factors that influence health outcomes in underserved populations Translation and dissemination of research findings into the community Diversity, equity and inclusion

Research Interests:

Cancer prevention and control efforts among racial/ethnic minority populations Psychosocial and behavioral factors that influence minority health status Health outcomes related to chronic disease conditions

About Elisa Rodriguez


Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Vice President and Associate Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Director, Community Engagement Resource
  • Associate Professor of Oncology
  • Department of Cancer Prevention & Control


Education and Training:

  • 2008 - PhD - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • 2003 - MS - University at Buffalo/Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center Division

Professional Memberships:

  • 2022-Present - National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Director’s Forum
  • 2012-Present - American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
  • 2006-Present - Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
  • 2004-Present - The American Public Health Association (APHA), Cancer Forum member


Research Overview:

Dr. Rodriguez has training and research experience in the use of Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approaches as applied to health behavior intervention efforts. She has worked on several CBPR research studies focusing on cancer educational intervention efforts in medically underserved communities.

Her research interests span the areas of social determinants and behavioral factors that influence racial/ethnic minority health status and health outcomes related to chronic disease conditions, as well as cancer prevention and control efforts among medically underserved populations. A common thread through all of her research interests is her commitment to addressing existing health disparities through innovative and collaborative research approaches that reach across disciplines and facilitate the translation and dissemination of findings into the community.

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Clinical Trials

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Full Publications list on PubMed

Rodriguez EM, Jandorf L, Devonish JA, Saad-Harfouche FG, Clark N, Johnson D, Stewart A, Widman CA, Erwin DO. Translating new science into the community to promote opportunities for breast and cervical cancer prevention among African American women. Health Expect. 2020 Apr;23(2):337-347. doi: 10.1111/hex.12985. Epub 2019 Dec 4. PubMed PMID: 31800158; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7104642.

Rodriguez EM, Erwin DO. Critical Steps for Engaging Hispanics in Cancer Research: Building Capacity to Enhance Participation in Biospecimen Donation with Hispanic Communities. 2020;. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-29286-7_20. Review. PubMed PMID: 34460192.

Barrett NJ, Rodriguez EM, Iachan R, Hyslop T, Ingraham KL, Le GM, Martin K, Haring RC, Rivadeneira NA, Erwin DO, Fish LJ, Middleton D, Hiatt RA, Patierno SR, Sarkar U, Gage-Bouchard EA. Factors associated with biomedical research participation within community-based samples across 3 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers. Cancer. 2020 Mar 1;126(5):1077-1089. doi: 10.1002/cncr.32487. Epub 2020 Jan 7. PubMed PMID: 31909824; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7021578.

Lollier A, Rodriguez EM, Saad-Harfouche FG, Widman CA, Mahoney MC. HPV vaccination: Pilot study assessing characteristics of high and low performing primary care offices. Prev Med Rep. 2018 Jun;10:157-161. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2018.03.002. eCollection 2018 Jun. PubMed PMID: 29868360; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5984216.

Widman CA, Rodriguez EM, Saad-Harfouche F, Twarozek AM, Erwin DO, Mahoney MC. Clinician and Parent Perspectives on Educational Needs for Increasing Adolescent HPV Vaccination. J Cancer Educ. 2018 Apr;33(2):332-339. doi: 10.1007/s13187-016-1105-3. PubMed PMID: 27640203; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5357204.