Rosemary Frasso, PhD, MSc, CPH

Rosemary Frasso, PhD, MSc, CPH
Adjunct Fellow

Director, Master of Public Health Program, Thomas Jefferson College of Population Health

Public Health Interests

Community/Population Health, Health Equity, Mental Health, Qualitative Methods, Social Determinants of Health



Current Public-Health Related Activities

Rosemary Frasso is a public health researcher and the Director of the Master of Public Health Program at the Thomas Jefferson College of Population Health. Her current research focuses on health disparities, housing insecurity, health literacy, and the integration of qualitative and quantitative methods in projects designed to improve healthcare quality and access to physical and mental health services for vulnerable populations. In addition to her research, Dr. Frasso provides consultation and oversight on qualitative projects for faculty and students across the university as well as for outside clients including the VA Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Her expertise in qualitative methods includes traditional and alternative data collection approaches, including, but not limited to, walking interviews, photo-elicitation interviews, free-listing, and consensus-deriving group approaches. Dr. Frasso recently collaborated with Dallas Artist, Willie Baronet, who has been buying and collecting signs from people on the streets since 1993 for art exhibits designed to raise awareness about homelessness. Results from this study and rationale for cross-disciplinary collaboration will be published this fall in the American Journal of Public Health.

Select Presentations and Papers:

Earl-Royal, E., Shofer, F., Ruggier, D., Frasso, R., Holena, D. Variation of Blunt Traumatic Injury with Age in Older Adults: A Statewide Analysis from 2011-2014". Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health, 2016 (in press).

Golinkoff, A., Hall, M., Cannuscio, C.C., Frasso, R. Cardboard Commentary: A Qualitative Analysis of the Signs from America's Streets. American Journal of Public Health, 2016 . (in press).

Lebapotswe, BT., Frasso, R., Kgosiesele, O., Selemogo, M., Mothei., Q K, Habte1, D.,  Steenhoff, AP.  Factors influencing health care workers’ implementation of tuberculosis contact tracing in Kweneng, Botswana. Pan African Medical Journal, 2016. (in press).

Levy, S.L., Frasso, R., Colantonioa, S., Reeda, H., Stein, G., Barg, F.K., PhD, MEd, Mandelle, D., Fiks, A.G. (2016) Shared Decision Making and Treatment Decisions for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Academic Pediatrics, Aug; 16(6): 571-8.

Zafar H., Bugos E., Shapira M., Langlotz C., Frasso, R. (2016) “Chasing a ghost”: factors influencing primary care physicians' follow-up of incidental findings. Radiology, May 17: 152188

Stillson, C., Okatch, H., Frasso, R., Mazhani, L., David, T., Arscott-Mills, T., Matlhare, M., Steenhoff AP. (2016) "That's when I struggle" … exploring challenges faced by caregivers of children with tuberculosis in Botswana. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 20: 1314–1319.

Dupuis, R., Meisel, Z., Grande, D., Strupp, E., Kounaves, S., Graves, A., Frasso, R., and Cannuscio, C.C. (2016). Food allergy management among restaurant workers in a large US city. Food Control, 63, 147-157.