Tetine Lynn Sentell, PhD


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Tetine Lynn Sentell, PhD

Associate Professor

Specialization Head: Health Policy and Management

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, Zhang W, Davis J,  Baker K, Braun KL. (2014). The influence of community and individual health literacy on self-reported health status. Journal of General Internal Medicine  29(2):298-304.

Sentell TL, Unick G, Ahn HJ, Braun K Miyamura J, Shumway M. (2013). Rates and illness severity for inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Psychiatric Services  64(11):1095-102

Sentell TL, Ahn HJ, Juarez DT, Tseng C-W, Chen JJ, Salvail FR, Miyamura J, Mau MM. (2013). Diabetes-related potentially preventable hospitalizations in Native Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, and Japanese Elderly compared to Whites in Hawai’i. Preventing Chronic Disease 10:E123.

Sentell T. (2012).  Implications For Reform: Survey Of California adults suggests low health literacy predicts likelihood of being uninsured. Health Affairs;31(5):1039-48.

Sentell T, Baker K, Onaka A & Braun, K. (2011). Low health literacy and poor health status in Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Hawai’i. Journal of Health Communication. Sep 30;16 Suppl 3:279-94.