Research Associate, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Research Division, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School—Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Jennifer R. Hemler earned her Ph.D. from the department in 2015. Her dissertation, Life with, after, or beyond Cancer: Breast Cancer Survivorship and the New Normal, examines the cognitive strategies and social practices women use to define self and illness after diagnosis. She is producing articles and a book manuscript from this research. After completing her degree, Dr. Hemler accepted a position within the Dept. of Family Medicine and Community Health, Research Division, at Rutgers University as a qualitative researcher. She is currently working on the Evaluating System Change to Advance Learning and Take Evidence to Scale (ESCALATES) project, the AHRQ-funded external national evaluation of their EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care initiative. The goal of EvidenceNOW is to increase the capacity of small, primary care practices to implement evidence-based research and improve the heart health of their patients; the goal of ESCALATES is to identify and disseminate best practices for doing so.
Dr. Hemler also received her M.A. from the department for her work on the medicalization of compulsive buying, published by Springer. She co-authored "Constructing Order: Classification and Diagnosis" with Dena T. Smith for Social Issues in Diagnosis: An Introduction for Students and Clinicians (eds. Jutel and Dew) and several articles on cancer screening and survivorship care. She has taught several classes at Rutgers, including Deviance, Social Problems, Contemporary Sociological Theory, and Expository Writing, and was an associate editor for Contexts: Understanding People in their Social Worlds, the quarterly public sociology magazine of the American Sociological Association.