Tetine Lynn Sentell, PhD


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Tetine Lynn Sentell, PhD

Associate Professor

Academic Degrees

  • PhD (Health Services and Policy Analysis), University of California, Berkeley
  • MA (Political Science), University of California, Berkeley
  • MA (Experimental Psychology), Hollins University
  • BA (English Literature), Middlebury College

Research Interests

The elimination of pervasive health inequity across race and ethnicity is a major goal of current US health research, practice, and policy. My research focuses on untangling the complex relationship between health disparities, education, literacy, and English language proficiency. I am especially interested in how these relationships operate in mental health care and chronic disease.

Selected Publications

Sentell T, Shumway M, & Snowden L. (2007). Access to mental health treatment by English language proficiency and race/ethnicity. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 22 (Suppl 2): 289-93.

Sentell T & Halpin H. (2006). The importance of adult literacy in understanding health disparities. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 21 (8): 852-856.

Howard D, Sentell T, & Gazmararian J. (2006). The impact of health literacy on socioeconomic and racial differences in health in an elderly population. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 857-861.