Katharine Rendle, PhD, MSW, MPH


Assistant Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health, Perelman School of Medicine

Katharine A. Rendle, PhD, MSW, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine & Community Health in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. As an interdisciplinary behavioral scientist, with formal training in medical anthropology, epidemiology, and cancer prevention, Dr. Rendle utilizes a range of methods from ethnography to multilevel modeling to describe how individual, cultural, social, and system factors impact the delivery of cancer treatment and preventive care. Her research has spanned the cancer control continuum from prevention to survivorship. As a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute, she led a range of quantitative analyses aimed at describing the diverse factors that shape healthcare decision-making and cancer care, including cervical cancer screening adherence, and international and domestic patterns of cancer awareness and beliefs. Prior to the National Cancer Institute, she spent four years conducting mixed-methods health services research at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute examining shared decision-making, patient-centered communication, and implementation of decision support tools. Her current research uses a system-level approach to understand and improve the uptake and delivery of cervical, lung, and colorectal cancer screening.

Dr. Rendle earned her PhD in Anthropology and Social Work from the University of Michigan. She also earned her MPH in Epidemiology and BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Rendle coleads the Primary Care Service Line Research Committee at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and is a full member of the Abramson Cancer Center in the Cancer Control Program.