Susan Denise Brown

Title(s)Associate Professor, General Medicine, Geriatrics, and Bioethics
SchoolUniversity of California, Davis
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    Duke UniversityBA2000Psychology; Women's Studies & English
    San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical CenterInternship2007Clinical Psychology
    Boston UniversityPhD2008Clinical Psychology
    Stanford UniversityFellowship2010Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
    University of California, San FranciscoCertificate2019Implementation Science
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    NIH/NIDDK Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI)2021Translational Science Abstract Award

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    Dr. Brown’s research focuses on behavior change interventions for diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention, particularly among racially and ethnically diverse women who bear disproportionate burdens of chronic disease. Her work includes developing and rigorously testing novel interventions to promote meaningful patient engagement in (1) life-long healthy eating, physical activity, and weight management behaviors; (2) preventive healthcare services, such as recommended diabetes screening and healthy lifestyle programs; and (3) clinical research, such as strategies to improve the representation of racial and ethnic minorities in randomized clinical trials. Dr. Brown is interested in implementation science and leveraging healthcare delivery systems to best support population health, risk reduction, and health equity.

    As an educator, Dr. Brown is dedicated to supporting emerging scholars and increasing diversity the research community. She is Co-Instructor of Record for Introduction to Clinical Research (CLH 202) and Director of the HRSA-funded Quality, Safety, and Comparative Effectiveness Research Training in Primary Care (QSCERT-PC) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (2021-22). Dr. Brown is affiliated with the UC Davis Center for Healthcare Policy and Research (CHPR), Perinatal Origins of Disparities (POD) Center, and Feminist Research Institute (FRI). She is also an Adjunct Investigator at the Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Health Systems Science, Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine.

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    The Diabetes Research for Equity through Advanced Multilevel Science Center for Diabetes Translational Research (DREAMS-CDTR)
    NIH/NIDDK P30DK092924Aug 1, 2021 - Jun 26, 2026
    Role: Co-Investigator; Site PI
    A Multi-Level Evaluation of California’s New Medicaid Coverage for the Diabetes Prevention Program
    NIH R18DK122372Jul 27, 2020 - Jun 30, 2025
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Preventing Postpartum Depression: Exercise as Medicine
    Kaiser Permanente-National Basketball Association Partnership KPR-SM-2020-02/1Jan 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Cluster Randomized Trial of a Mobile Health Intervention to Achieve Appropriate Gestational Weight Gain in Women with Overweight or Obesity
    NIH R01DK118455May 20, 2019 - Mar 31, 2024
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Motivational Determinants of Postpartum Lifestyle Behaviors, Weight Retention, and Metabolic Syndrome
    NIH R01HL142996Jan 15, 2019 - Dec 31, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Understanding Patient Engagement in Lifestyle Programs for Diabetes Prevention among Women with a Recent History of GDM
    NIH R03DK113325May 1, 2017 - Oct 31, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Engaging At-Risk Minority Women in Health System Diabetes Prevention Programs
    NIH K01DK099404Aug 1, 2014 - Nov 25, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Healthy preconception and early-pregnancy lifestyle and risk of preterm birth: a prospective cohort study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2021 08 02; 114(2):813-821. Zhu Y, Hedderson MM, Brown SD, Badon SE, Feng J, Quesenberry CP, Ferrara A. PMID: 33900396.
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    2. Efficacious lifestyle interventions for appropriate gestational weight gain in women with overweight or obesity set in the health care system: a scoping review. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2021 May 25; 1-14. Barroso CS, Yockey A, Degon E, Gautam Poudel P, Brown SD, Hedderson MM, Moreno-Hunt C, Ehrlich SF. PMID: 34034608.
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    3. A Randomized Encouragement Trial to Increase Mail Order Pharmacy Use and Medication Adherence in Patients with Diabetes. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 01; 36(1):154-161. Ramachandran B, Trinacty CM, Wharam JF, Duru OK, Dyer WT, Neugebauer RS, Karter AJ, Brown SD, Marshall CJ, Wiley D, Ross-Degnan D, Schmittdiel JA. PMID: 33001334.
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    4. A telehealth lifestyle intervention to reduce excess gestational weight gain in pregnant women with overweight or obesity (GLOW): a randomised, parallel-group, controlled trial. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2020 06; 8(6):490-500. Ferrara A, Hedderson MM, Brown SD, Ehrlich SF, Tsai AL, Feng J, Galarce M, Marcovina S, Catalano P, Quesenberry CP. PMID: 32445736.
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    5. Alternative Wear-time Estimation Methods Compared to Traditional Diary Logs for Wrist-Worn ActiGraph Accelerometers in Pregnant Women. J Meas Phys Behav. 2020 Jun; 3(2):110-117. Ehrlich SF, Casteel AJ, Crouter SE, Hibbing PR, Hedderson MM, Brown SD, Galarce M, Coe DP, Bassett DR, Ferrara A. PMID: 33997656.
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    6. Comparative Effectiveness of 2 Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Programs in the Workplace: The City and County of San Francisco Diabetes Prevention Trial. Prev Chronic Dis. 2020 05 28; 17:E38. Ferrara A, McDonald JC, Brown SD, Alexander JG, Christian-Herman JL, Fisher S, Quesenberry CP. PMID: 32463786.
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    7. Behavioural and psychosocial factors associated with 5-year weight trajectories within the PORTAL Overweight/Obesity Cohort. Obes Sci Pract. 2020 Jun; 6(3):272-281. Fitzpatrick SL, Rosales AG, Brown SD, Arterburn DE, Daley MF, Horberg M, Koebnick C, Oshiro C, Young DR. PMID: 32523716.
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    8. Alternative wear-time estimation methods compared to traditional diary logs for wrist-worn ActiGraph accelerometers in pregnant women. J Meas Phys Behav. 2020; 2(3):110-117. Ehrlich SF, Casteel AJ, Crouter SE, Hibbing PR, Hedderson MM, Brown SD, Galarce M, Coe DP, Bassett DR, Ferrara A.
    9. A Seat at the Table: Strategic Engagement in Service Activities for Early-Career Faculty From Underrepresented Groups in the Academy. Acad Med. 2019 08; 94(8):1089-1093. Carson TL, Aguilera A, Brown SD, Peña J, Butler A, Dulin A, Jonassaint CR, Riley I, Vanderbom K, Molina KM, Cené CW. PMID: 30649021.
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    10. A Randomized Study of Values Affirmation to Promote Interest in Diabetes Prevention Among Women With a History of Gestational Diabetes. Med Care. 2019 07; 57(7):528-535. Brown SD, Fotuhi O, Grijalva CS, Tsai AL, Quesenberry CP, Ritchie JL, Cohen GL, Ferrara A. PMID: 31107396.
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    11. Opportunities to encourage mail order pharmacy delivery service use for diabetes prescriptions: a qualitative study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 Jun 25; 19(1):422. Schmittdiel JA, Marshall CJ, Wiley D, Chau CV, Trinacty CM, Wharam JF, Duru OK, Karter AJ, Brown SD. PMID: 31238950.
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    12. Gestational weight gain and optimal wellness (GLOW): rationale and methods for a randomized controlled trial of a lifestyle intervention among pregnant women with overweight or obesity. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2019 Apr 30; 19(1):145. Brown SD, Hedderson MM, Ehrlich SF, Galarce MN, Tsai AL, Quesenberry CP, Ferrara A. PMID: 31039753.
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    13. Dietary Quality and Glycemic Control Among Women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2019 02; 28(2):178-184. Gadgil MD, Ehrlich SF, Zhu Y, Brown SD, Hedderson MM, Crites Y, Ferrara A. PMID: 30376391.
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    14. A Tailored Letter Based on Electronic Health Record Data Improves Gestational Weight Gain Among Women With Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: The Gestational Diabetes' Effects on Moms (GEM) Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial. Diabetes Care. 2018 07; 41(7):1370-1377. Hedderson MM, Brown SD, Ehrlich SF, Tsai AL, Zhu Y, Quesenberry CP, Crites Y, Ferrara A. PMID: 29669736.
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    15. Leveraging EHRs for patient engagement: perspectives on tailored program outreach. Am J Manag Care. 2017 Jul 01; 23(7):e223-e230. Brown SD, Grijalva CS, Ferrara A. PMID: 28850790.
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    16. Perceived psychosocial stress and gestational weight gain among women with gestational diabetes. PLoS One. 2017; 12(3):e0174290. Kubo A, Ferrara A, Brown SD, Ehrlich SF, Tsai AL, Quesenberry CP, Crites Y, Hedderson MM. PMID: 28350836.
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    17. Moderate intensity sports and exercise is associated with glycaemic control in women with gestational diabetes. Diabetes Metab. 2017 Oct; 43(5):416-423. Ehrlich SF, Hedderson MM, Brown SD, Sternfeld B, Chasan-Taber L, Feng J, Adams J, Ching J, Crites Y, Quesenberry CP, Ferrara A. PMID: 28238600.
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    18. The impact of telephonic wellness coaching on weight loss: A "Natural Experiments for Translation in Diabetes (NEXT-D)" study. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2017 02; 25(2):352-356. Schmittdiel JA, Adams SR, Goler N, Sanna RS, Boccio M, Bellamy DJ, Brown SD, Neugebauer RS, Ferrara A. PMID: 28124501.
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    19. Telephone-Based Coaching. Am J Health Promot. 2017 03; 31(2):136-142. Boccio M, Sanna RS, Adams SR, Goler NC, Brown SD, Neugebauer RS, Ferrara A, Wiley DM, Bellamy DJ, Schmittdiel JA. PMID: 26559720.
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    20. Erratum to: Moderate and Vigorous Intensity Exercise During Pregnancy and Gestational Weight Gain in Women with Gestational Diabetes. Matern Child Health J. 2016 09; 20(9):1989-1992. Ehrlich SF, Sternfeld B, Krefman AE, Hedderson MM, Brown SD, Mevi A, Chasan-Taber L, Quesenberry CP, Ferrara A. PMID: 27260240.
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    21. Moderate and Vigorous Intensity Exercise During Pregnancy and Gestational Weight Gain in Women with Gestational Diabetes. Matern Child Health J. 2016 06; 20(6):1247-57. Ehrlich SF, Sternfeld B, Krefman AE, Hedderson MM, Brown SD, Mevi A, Chasan-Taber L, Quesenberry CP, Ferrara A. PMID: 26955997.
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    22. Lifestyle behaviors and ethnic identity among diverse women at high risk for type 2 diabetes. Soc Sci Med. 2016 07; 160:87-93. Brown SD, Ehrlich SF, Kubo A, Tsai AL, Hedderson MM, Quesenberry CP, Ferrara A. PMID: 27214712.
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    23. The Comparative Effectiveness of Diabetes Prevention Strategies to Reduce Postpartum Weight Retention in Women With Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: The Gestational Diabetes' Effects on Moms (GEM) Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. Diabetes Care. 2016 Jan; 39(1):65-74. Ferrara A, Hedderson MM, Brown SD, Albright CL, Ehrlich SF, Tsai AL, Caan BJ, Sternfeld B, Gordon NP, Schmittdiel JA, Gunderson EP, Mevi AA, Herman WH, Ching J, Crites Y, Quesenberry CP. PMID: 26657945.
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    24. Wellness Coaching for People With Prediabetes: A Randomized Encouragement Trial to Evaluate Outreach Methods at Kaiser Permanente, Northern California, 2013. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015 Nov 25; 12:E207. Xiao H, Adams SR, Goler N, Sanna RS, Boccio M, Bellamy DJ, Brown SD, Neugebauer RS, Ferrara A, Schmittdiel JA. PMID: 26605707.
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    25. Outreach to diversify clinical trial participation: A randomized recruitment study. Clin Trials. 2015 Jun; 12(3):205-11. Brown SD, Partee PN, Feng J, Quesenberry CP, Hedderson MM, Ehrlich SF, Kiernan M, Ferrara A. PMID: 25644997.
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    26. Post-partum weight loss and glucose metabolism in women with gestational diabetes: the DEBI Study. Diabet Med. 2014 Jul; 31(7):862-7. Ehrlich SF, Hedderson MM, Quesenberry CP, Feng J, Brown SD, Crites Y, Ferrara A. PMID: 24597974.
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    27. A pragmatic cluster randomized clinical trial of diabetes prevention strategies for women with gestational diabetes: design and rationale of the Gestational Diabetes' Effects on Moms (GEM) study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2014 Jan 15; 14:21. Ferrara A, Hedderson MM, Albright CL, Brown SD, Ehrlich SF, Caan BJ, Sternfeld B, Gordon NP, Schmittdiel JA, Gunderson EP, Mevi AA, Tsai AL, Ching J, Crites Y, Quesenberry CP. PMID: 24423410.
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    28. The multigroup ethnic identity measure-revised: measurement invariance across racial and ethnic groups. J Couns Psychol. 2014 Jan; 61(1):154-161. Brown SD, Unger Hu KA, Mevi AA, Hedderson MM, Shan J, Quesenberry CP, Ferrara A. PMID: 24188656.
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    29. Patient satisfaction and perceived success with a telephonic health coaching program: the Natural Experiments for Translation in Diabetes (NEXT-D) Study, Northern California, 2011. Prev Chronic Dis. 2013 Oct 31; 10:E179. Adams SR, Goler NC, Sanna RS, Boccio M, Bellamy DJ, Brown SD, Neugebauer RS, Ferrara A, Wiley DM, Schmittdiel JA. PMID: 24176083.
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    30. Risk of large-for-gestational-age newborns in women with gestational diabetes by race and ethnicity and body mass index categories. Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Jun; 121(6):1255-1262. Sridhar SB, Ferrara A, Ehrlich SF, Brown SD, Hedderson MM. PMID: 23812460.
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    31. The Stanford Leisure-Time Activity Categorical Item (L-Cat): a single categorical item sensitive to physical activity changes in overweight/obese women. Int J Obes (Lond). 2013 Dec; 37(12):1597-602. Kiernan M, Schoffman DE, Lee K, Brown SD, Fair JM, Perri MG, Haskell WL. PMID: 23588625.
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    32. Health-plan and employer-based wellness programs to reduce diabetes risk: The Kaiser Permanente Northern California NEXT-D Study. Prev Chronic Dis. 2013; 10:E15. Schmittdiel JA, Brown SD, Neugebauer R, Adams SR, Adams AS, Wiley D, Ferrara A. PMID: 23369768.
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    33. Promoting healthy weight with "stability skills first": a randomized trial. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2013 Apr; 81(2):336-46. Kiernan M, Brown SD, Schoffman DE, Lee K, King AC, Taylor CB, Schleicher NC, Perri MG. PMID: 23106759.
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    34. Racial/ethnic disparities in the prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus by BMI. Diabetes Care. 2012 Jul; 35(7):1492-8. Hedderson M, Ehrlich S, Sridhar S, Darbinian J, Moore S, Ferrara A. PMID: 22619080.
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    35. Minority recruitment into clinical trials: experimental findings and practical implications. Contemp Clin Trials. 2012 Jul; 33(4):620-3. Brown SD, Lee K, Schoffman DE, King AC, Crawley LM, Kiernan M. PMID: 22449836.
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    36. Social support for healthy behaviors: scale psychometrics and prediction of weight loss among women in a behavioral program. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2012 Apr; 20(4):756-64. Kiernan M, Moore SD, Schoffman DE, Lee K, King AC, Taylor CB, Kiernan NE, Perri MG. PMID: 21996661.
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    37. Outcome expectations and realizations as predictors of weight regain among dieters. Eat Behav. 2011 Jan; 12(1):60-3. Moore SD, King AC, Kiernan M, Gardner CD. PMID: 21184975.
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    38. Mindfulness and experiential avoidance as predictors and outcomes of the narrative emotional disclosure task. J Clin Psychol. 2009 Sep; 65(9):971-88. Moore SD, Brody LR, Dierberger AE. PMID: 19388061.
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    39. Linguistic predictors of mindfulness in written self-disclosure narratives. J Lang Soc Psychol. 2009; 3(28):281-296. Moore SD, Brody, LR.
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