Faculty Profile: Sorkin, Dara

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Sorkin, Dara
Lab Contact:
Dara Sorkin
(949) 824-0149
Department: SOM - Department of Medicine
100 Theory, Suite 120

Research Description

My research focuses on multiple aspects of two interrelated and overarching questions: 1) How do people’s interpersonal relationships influence their health behaviors and health outcomes, and 2) In what ways can interpersonal relationships be leveraged to promote healthy aging? My research focuses on examining answers to these questions both in the context of aging across the lifespan and among different racial/ethnic groups. In line with the NIH Roadmap, my work is multi-disciplinary, applying the theoretical frameworks and methodologies of behavioral science to the practice of clinical medicine. Working with physicians and other healthcare professionals, my research involves multi-faceted studies that bridge patients’ healthcare experiences with the interpersonal and cultural experiences of their daily lives. The lab focuses on developing and testing health promotion interventions for diverse populations, particularly ethnic/racially diverse adults, using social networks, innovative incentives and interventions, and the use of mobile technologies (including developing mobile apps for health promotion and healthcare delivery). Most of the work focuses on the areas of behavioral health, including mental health, obesity and diabetes prevention and control.

Requirements to Participate

3 - 4 hours per unit.
1 year Commitment.
Minimum 3 units.

Faculty Means of Evaluation

Attendance: 20 Pts (working assigned hours, being on time)
Research Work: 40 Pts (quality, accuracy, integrated synthesis of information and safety)
Communication: 20Pts (Written/Oral reports, questions and discussion with mentor)
Lab citizenship: 20Pts (organization, clean up and follow through)