Susan Passmore

Position title: Assistant Director, Collaborative Center for Health Equity


Phone: (608) 265-9429

2112 Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC)

Susan Passmore

Dr. Susan Racine Passmore is Senior Scientist & CCHE Assistant Director for Community Engaged Research. She brings to this role significant experience in community engaged research, health equity and the promotion of research equity. Dr. Passmore leads the UW Building Trust (BT) Initiative, a research support component of the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (UW ICTR), designed to build the capacity of both researchers and members of underrepresented communities to work together. As a cultural anthropologist and mixed methods researcher, Dr. Passmore’s scholarly work focuses upon the social construction of trust and the practical application of this knowledge to create innovative approaches for building researcher “trustworthiness.” This is the foundation of a recently awarded R21 from National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI 1 R21 MD015130), Feasibility of an Innovative Method to Understand the Dynamics of Choice and Create Diversity in Genomics Research among Older African Americans as well as a supplement award from the National Institute on Aging (P30AG062715-02S1), Maximizing Components of Trustworthiness in the Decision to Participate Preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease Research Involving Lumbar Puncture.

Dr. Passmore’s work also includes study of innovative approaches to community engagement. Her work, with Dr. Stephen B Thomas, in Black barbershops and salons is the subject of a chapter in Meredith Minkler’s 4th edition of Community Organization and Community Building for Health and Welfare. Other community engagement work includes service-based approaches and the use of human-centered design to support adoption of health interventions.