Deliya Banda Wesley, PhD, MPH, is a program manager for the Department of Health Services Research, MedStar Health Research Institute. In addition, she is an adjunct instructor in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Dr. Wesley is a public health researcher with more than 12 years of research, evaluation, and project management experience in health disparities, cultural competency, and health services utilization. She has led the development and evaluation of successful communication tools to facilitate and improve patient decision-making and communication with providers in clinical settings.
Her background has provided her with in-depth training and understanding of the factors that affect health decision-making among minority populations. As a skilled mixed methods researcher, she uses qualitative and quantitative methods to develop, implement, and evaluate research projects. Her experience in conducting in-depth interviews, contextual interviews, focus groups, prototype testing, and usability testing is extensive. Dr. Wesley is a creative problem solver with a proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team, and she is passionate about using evidence-based research to improve health outcomes. Her previous experience includes work as a health communication researcher and as a program manager for the National Cancer Institute.
Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including The Journal of Hospital Ethics, The Oncologist, and the Journal of Urban Health. Topics she has been invited to speak on at meetings of her peers include methods to increase participation of African American cancer patients in clinical trials and racial and ethnic disparities in cancer outcomes.
She earned her Master of Public Health degree in cancer epidemiology at The George Washington University School of Public Health. She then earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in behavioral and community health at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.
Dr. Wesley’s research interests include
- Health services utilization
- Health disparities
- Health equity
- Health decision-making
- Patient-provider communication
- Cultural competency training for providers
- Minority accrual to clinical trials
- Social determinants of health
- Health literacy and health communication.
Ethical Issues in Health Disparities and Accrual to Clinical Trials
As a co-investigator and program coordinator for this NIH-sponsored study, Dr. Wesley developed a 15-minute culturally targeted video designed to increase participation by African American cancer patients in therapeutic clinical trials. This research included development of an instrument to assess patient attitudes on six barriers to enrollment and an assessment of the video’s impact on these attitudes in a population of African American cancer patients.
Role of Racial Identity and Religious Beliefs on Attitudes of African American Cancer Patients Toward Participation in Therapeutic Cancer Trials
In this research, Dr. Wesley studied the role of racial identity and belief in “God as healer” on intention to enroll in a therapeutic clinical trial among a population of cancer patients.
Accelerating Change and Transformation in Organizations and Networks (ACTION III Network)
Dr. Wesley is the primary operational lead for the MedStar ACTION III Network, funded by the Agency for HealthCare Research and Quality. The purpose of this research is to improve the quality of healthcare and care delivery; to make healthcare safer; to increase accessibility; and to improve healthcare affordability, efficiency and cost transparency.
- Research Areas
- Health Services/Quality/Outcomes