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Tainayah Thomas, PhD

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Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
2000 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

510-891-3503 (phone)
tainayah.w.thomas@kp.org


​Tainayah Thomas, PhD, is a Delivery Science and T32 Diabetes Translational Research Fellow at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. Her research focuses on primary care improvement and diabetes prevention and management among racially and ethnically diverse populations. Dr. Thomas's research seeks to leverage delivery science research methodology to promote the integration of evidence-based research into clinical practice. She is mentored by Drs. Julie Schmittdiel and Alyce Adams. 

Dr. Thomas holds a doctorate in Health Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master's degree in community health sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a bachelor's degree in sociology and international studies from the University of Miami. Dr. Thomas is dedicated to transforming research into action by engaging community and health systems stakeholders in adapting, implementing, and sustaining interventions that address health disparities.

Current Position(s):

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California

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Primary Research Interests:

  • Prediabetes
  • Delivery and implementation science
  • Primary care improvement
  • Health disparities

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    "They were just waiting for me to mess up": A critical discourse analysis of immigrant Latinx teens' perceptions of power dynamics.

    Author(s): Merino, Yesenia Y; Thomas, Tainayah T; Lightfoot, Alexandra A; Eng, Eugenia E; Simán, Florence F; Thatcher, Kari K; Chapman, Mimi M

    Journal of community psychology. 2019 Nov 09;():. Epub 2019-11-09.

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    Scaling Up Diabetes Prevention Programs in North Carolina: Perceptions of Demand From Potential Program Recipients and Providers.

    Author(s): Thomas, Tainayah T; Samuel-Hodge, Carmen D CD; Porterfield, Deborah S DS; Alva, Maria L ML; Leeman, Jennifer J

    The Diabetes educator. 2019 02 09;45(1):116-124. Epub 2018-11-09.

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    A Feasibility Study of Supply and Demand for Diabetes Prevention Programs in North Carolina.

    Author(s): Alva, Maria L ML; Samuel-Hodge, Carmen D CD; Porterfield, Deborah D; Thomas, Tainayah T; Leeman, Jennifer J

    Preventing chronic disease. 2017 06 29;14(1):E51. Epub 2017-06-29.

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    Making a difference in medical trainees' attitudes toward Latino patients: A pilot study of an intervention to modify implicit and explicit attitudes.

    Author(s): Chapman, Mimi V MV; Hall, William J WJ; Lee, Kent K; Colby, Robert R; Coyne-Beasley, Tamera T; Day, Steve S; Eng, Eugenia E; Lightfoot, Alexandra F AF; Merino, Yesenia Y; Simán, Florence M FM; Thomas, Tainayah T; Thatcher, Kari K; Payne, Keith K

    Social science & medicine (1982). 2018 02 09;199(1):202-208. Epub 2017-05-05.

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    Implicit Racial/Ethnic Bias Among Health Care Professionals and Its Influence on Health Care Outcomes: A Systematic Review.

    Author(s): Hall, William J WJ; Chapman, Mimi V MV; Lee, Kent M KM; Merino, Yesenia M YM; Thomas, Tainayah W TW; Payne, B Keith BK; Eng, Eugenia E; Day, Steven H SH; Coyne-Beasley, Tamera T

    American journal of public health. 2015 Dec 29;105(12):e60-76. Epub 2015-10-15.

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    Does well-child care have a future in pediatrics?

    Author(s): Coker, Tumaini R TR; Thomas, Tainayah T; Chung, Paul J PJ

    Pediatrics. 2013 Apr 29;131 Suppl 2(12):S149-59. Epub 2015-10-15.

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    A syndemic model of substance abuse, intimate partner violence, HIV infection, and mental health among Hispanics.

    Author(s): González-Guarda, Rosa M RM; Florom-Smith, Aubrey L AL; Thomas, Tainayah T

    Public health nursing (Boston, Mass.). 2013 Apr 29;28(4):366-78. Epub 2011-02-10.

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