Paul Chandanabhumma, Ph.D.

Administrative Contact

Rania Clark


Dr. Chandanabhumma is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Executive Committee Member of the Michigan Mixed Methods Program. His research interests lie at the intersection of health inequities, race, culture, community engagement, and the social production of medical and public health practices. He completed his PhD in Community Health Sciences at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Michigan Mixed Methods Program. His mixed methods dissertation research examined the influence of group diversity on the achievements of community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnerships.

Areas of Interest


Advanced Degrees
  • Ph.D., Community Health Sciences, Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 2018
  • M.P.H., Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2010


  • Leveraging Translational Research to Understand the Context and Process of CBPR Implementation, Evaluation and Dissemination, MICHR, Principal Investigator
  • Understanding and Addressing Variation in Healthcare-Associated Infections After Durable Ventricular Assist Device Therapy, AHRQ, Co-Investigator (PI: Likosky/Pagani)
  • Improving Diagnosis in Emergency and Acute Care: A Learning Laboratory, AHRQ, Co-Investigator (PI: Mahajan)
  • Promoting Racial Equity in Newborn Drug Testing: A Justice-Informed, Participatory Mixed Methods Study, OVPR, Co-Investigator (PI: Wu)
  • Enhancing the Impact of Behavioral Pain Management on MAT Outcomes, Co-Investigator (PIs: Ilgen/Lin)

Key Published Articles & Reviews

1. Chandanabhumma, P.P., Duran, B.M., Peterson, J.C., Pearson, C.R., Oetzel, J.G., Dutta, M.J., & Wallerstein, N.B. (2020). Space within the scientific discourse for the voice of the other? Expressions of community voice in the scientific discourse of community-based participatory research. Health Communication, 35(5), 616-627.

2. Chandanabhumma, P.P. & Narasimhan, S. (2020). Towards health equity and social justice: An applied framework of decolonization in health promotion. Health Promotion International, 35(4), 831-840.

3. Chandanabhumma, P.P., Fetters, M.D., Pagani, F.D., Malani, P.N., Hollingsworth, J.M., Funk, R.J., Aaronson, K.D., Zhang, M., Kormos, R.L., Chenoweth, C.E., Shore, S., Watt, T.M.F., Cabrera, L., & Likosky, D.S. (2020). Understanding and addressing variation in healthcare-associated infections after durable ventricular assist device therapy: Protocol for a mixed methods study. JMIR Research Protocols, 9(1), e14701.

4. Chandanabhumma, P.P., Fabregues, S., Oetzel, J., Duran, B., Ford, C. (2022). Examining the influence of group diversity on the functioning of community-based participatory research participants: A mixed methods study. American Journal of Community Psychology, 1-13.

5. Coombe, C.M., Chandanabhumma, P.P., Bhardwaj, P., Brush, B.L., Greene-Moton, E., Jensen, M., Lachance, L., Lee, S.Y.D., Meisenheimer, M., Minkler, M., Muhammad, M., Reyes, A.G., Rowe, Z., Wilson-Powers, E., & Israel, B.A. (2020). A participatory, mixed methods approach to define and measure partnership synergy in long-standing equity-focused CBPR partnerships. American Journal of Community Psychology, Special Issue: Community-Based Approaches to Understanding and Addressing Health Disparities and Promoting Health Equity.

6. Narasimhan, S. & Chandanabhumma, P.P. (2021). A scoping review of decolonization in indigenous-focused health education and behavior research. Health Education and Behavior, the Scholars of Color Special Issue, 48(3): 306-319.