Mia Papas, Ph.D., MS, Corporate Director, Value Institute

Corporate Director, Value Institute

Dr. Mia Papas is the Corporate Director of the Value Institute in the Christiana Care Health System and will oversee the research and operations of the Value Institute.  Dr. Papas’ research interests are focused on three primary areas: 1) health disparities; 2) maternal and child health, and 3) diet and cancer. The central theme across these research areas is the application of epidemiology as a method to identify the social and behavioral characteristics of communities and individuals that influence population health.

Dr. Papas is actively engaged in research focused on the role of maternal dietary factors in influencing child obesity, premature mortality among those with severe mental illness, and health disparities experienced by those with physical and emotional disabilities. Dr. Papas received her PhD in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She has authored over 40 peer-reviewed articles, has obtained funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and has presented her research at over 80 National and International conferences.

Dr. Papas has analytic expertise in experimental and observational study designs, the assessment of validity and reliability of screening tools, sample size and statistical power, the analysis of longitudinal data, hierarchical linear modeling, the use of GIS in understanding the effect of place on health and health behaviors, factor analysis, survival analysis, and multivariate logistic and linear regression. Dr. Papas has also been an active member of the American Public Health Association and the American College of Epidemiology for over 15 years and is a Founding Board Member for the Delaware Public Health Association.