Laura A. Siminoff, Dean of the College of Public Health and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Public Health, was quoted in The New York Times for a story on New York City’s surprisingly low organ donation rates. From the story:
"According to Laura Siminoff, dean of the College of Public Health at Temple University, each family’s decision is shaped not only by what happens in the hospital room but also 'by how connected they feel with their society at large.' A legacy of alienation from the health system can pose a significant obstacle. Among Asians, who as a group donate at the lowest rate in New York City, different cultural beliefs about death may be an obstacle; African-Americans also donate at lower rates."
As a nationally recognized public health social scientist, Dean Siminoff’s research focuses on cancer treatment decision-making, informed consent, health communication, health disparities, bioethics, and issues of organ and tissue donation. She is a leader in multimethod research, applying empirical social science methods to bioethics-related issues.