Debora A. Paterniti earned her doctorate in sociology from UC Davis and completed a fellowship in health policy and health services at Yale School of Medicine. She is an expert in the application of qualitative research methodology to questions of health services. Her areas of specialization include medical and applied sociology and social psychology. She received a University Teaching Award from UC Davis in 2003. Dr. Paterniti currently teaches research design, medical sociology, and social welfare and health. Her research interests include studies of informed consent, physician-patient interaction and decision-making, and community-based research.
Ph.D., UC Davis, Davis, California, 1995
B.A., UC Davis, Davis, California, 1985
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven , CT, 1997
American Sociological Association
Pacific Sociological Association
Society for the Study of Social Problems
Society of General Internal Medicine
Honors and Awards
Department of Veterans Affairs. Certificate of Appreciation for Distinguished Service to VA Health Services Research and Development. Washington, D.C., 2005
Invited Commencement Speaker. Department of Sociology. University of New Mexico., 2005
University of California, Davis. Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Students. Graduate Student Association. University of California, Davis., 2003
Chi Omega Professor of the Year. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Chi Omega Fraternity. University of California, Davis. Davis, California., 2003
University of California Travel Grant. University of California, Davis. Davis, California., 1993
University Teaching Award. Graduate Division. University of California, Davis. Davis, California., 1991
Select Recent Publications
Kravitz RL, Paterniti DA, Epstein RM, Rochlen AB, Bell RA, Cipri CS, Fernandez y Garcia E, Feldman MD, Duberstein PR. Organizational and Relational Barriers to Depression Help-Seeking in Primary Care: A Qualitative Study. Patient Education and Counseling. Feb;82(2):207-13. Epub 2010 Jun 8.
Rich BA, Paterniti DA. Conversations about Treatment at the End of Life, J Gen Intern Med,/em>. 2011 Mar 30. [Epub ahead of print]
Li ST, Paterniti DA, Co JP, West DC. Successful self-directed lifelong learning in medicine: a conceptual model derived from qualitative analysis of a national survey of pediatric residents. Acad Med. 2010 Jul;85(7):1229-36.
Paterniti DA, Fancher TL, Cipri CS, Timmermans S, Heritage J, Kravitz RL. Getting to “No”: Strategies Physicians Use to Deny Patient Requests. Archives of Internal Medicine 170(4):381-8. February.
Thompson BM, Teal, Rogers JC, Paterniti DA, Haidet P. Ideals, Activities, Dissonance, and Processing: A Conceptual Model to Guide Educators’ Efforts to Stimulte Student Reflection. Academic Medicine 85(5):902-8.
Li ST, Paterniti DA, Co JP, West DC. Barriers to and Strategies for Lifelong Learning: Qualitative Results from a National Survey of Pediatric Residents. Academic Medicine Jul;85(7):1229-36.
Bell RA, Paterniti DA, Azari R, Duberstein PR, Epstein RM, Rochlen AB, Dwight Johnson M, Orrange SE, Slee C, Kravitz, RL. Encouraging Patients with Depressive Symptoms to Seek Care: A mixed methods approach to message development. Patient Education and Counseling. 2010 Feb;78(2):198-205. August 10 [Epub ahead of print].
Epstein RM, Duberstein PR, Feldman MD, Rochlen AB, Bell RA, Kravitz RL, Cipri CS, Becker JD, Bamonti PM, Paterniti DA. “I didn’t know what was wrong:” How People With Undiagnsed Depression Recognize, Name and Explain their Distress. Journal of General Internal Medicine. Sep;25(9):954-61. Epub 2010
Fancher TL, Ton H, Le Meyer O, Ho T, Paterniti DA. Discussing Depression with Vietnamese American Patients. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 26 February [Epub ahead of print]
2009 Bell RA, Paterniti DA, Azari R, Duberstein PR, Epstein RM, Rochlen AB, Dwight Johnson M, Orrange SE, Slee C, Kravitz, RL. Encouraging Patients with Depressive Symptoms to Seek Care: A mixed methods approach to message development. Patient Education and Counseling August 10 [Epub ahead of print].
2009 Fancher TL, Ton H, Le Meyer O, Ho T, Paterniti DA. Discussing Depression with Vietnamese American Patients. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 26 February [Epub ahead of print].
2009 Hufford L, West DC, Paterniti DA, Pan RJ. Community-Based Advocacy Training: Applying asset-based community development in resident education. Academic Medicine 84(6):765-70. June.
2009 Tarn DM, Paterniti DA, Williams BR, Cipri CS, Wenger NS. Which Providers Should Communicate What About a New Medication Prescription?: Patient, Pharmacist, and Physician Perspectives. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 57(3):462-9. March.
2006 Paterniti DA, Pan R J, Smith LF, Horan NM, West DC. "From Physician-Centered to Community-Oriented Perspectives on Health Care: Assessing the Efficacy of Community-based Training. Academic Medicine 81:347-353. March.