Wayne State University
Louis Penner, Ph.D.

Louis Penner, Ph.D.




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Louis Penner, Ph.D.

Louis A. Penner received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Michigan State University in 1969. He is the author or co-author of over 115 scholarly articles and book chapters and eight books. He has served on the editorial boards of numerous professional journals and is currently a member of an NIH study panel. His current research interests are psychosocial variables in the context of serious diseases and the reduction of health disparities. He is currently the PI on one NCI grant that focuses on parents’ influence on treatment-related stress among pediatric cancer patients and their families, and a Co-PI on another grant from NCI that focuses on disparities in cancer treatment. Dr. Penner is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the Society of Experimental Social Psychologists, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

Area of Expertise

Dr. Penner’s research concerns the application of personality and social psychological theory to an understanding differences in the quality of healthcare patients receive and patient responses to life-threatening illnesses. His primary focus is on the role of race-related attitudes and beliefs among both patients and physicians in racial disparities in healthcare, especially the treatment of cancer. He also studies the immediate and longer-term psychosocial impact of pediatric cancer on patients and their families.




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