National Mentoring Network (MNET) Mentor Profiles
Leslie Hausmann, PhD
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Pittsburgh, PA
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Research Interests: Equity, Health Disparities, unconscious bias, Perceived Discrimination, pain management, complementary and integrative medicine
Leslie Hausmann, PhD, is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and a Core Investigator at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP). As Co-Director of the Health Equity Capacity Building Core within CHERP, Dr. Hausmann also spearheads the development and dissemination of tools and education to support innovative health equity research and empower those working in the field to conduct equity-focused quality improvement. An experimental social psychologist, Dr. Hausmann has devoted her career to improving the health and health care of vulnerable Veteran populations through research and quality improvement. Her primary research interests include understanding how issues of discrimination and bias contribute to health and health care disparities, especially with regards to pain and pain management. However, her research has spanned the full continuum of health equity research, including epidemiological studies designed to identify health and healthcare disparities, observational studies investigating factors that cause or exacerbate disparities, and studies in which patient, provider, and system-level interventions to reduce disparities are developed and evaluated. As a faculty member in the Institute for Clinical Research and Education at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Hausmann teaches courses on health equity research and team science. She is a certified facilitator of mentor training through the National Research Mentoring Network and mentors a diverse cadre of medical trainees and junior faculty interested in pursuing careers in clinical research.