Larissa Lee White, MPH, CPH


Research interests 

My research interests include cancer epidemiology, health services, health disparities, clinical data sources and related statistical methodologies.

Faculty mentors

  • Dr. Julie Smith-Gagen


  • Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP) Research Scholar Stipend
    • Funding Source: National Institutes of Health (P30 CA042014)
  •  Chronic Disease Comorbidities in Patients with HIV in Northern Nevada
  • 3-Minute Thesis Competition, University of Nevada, Reno


  • Patterns of Care Associated with Timely and Definitive Diagnosis of Cancer of Unknown Primary (CUP), Funding Source: National Institutes of Health (P30 CA042014-30)

Selected presentations and publications

  • Smith-Gagen, J., Drake, C., White, L. L., & Pinheiro, P. S. (2019). Extent of diagnostic inquiry among a population-based cohort of patients with cancer of unknown primary. Cancer Reports and Reviews, 3(3). doi: 10.15761/CRR.1000187
  • Smith-Gagen, J., White, L. L., Santos, A., Hasty, S. M., Tung, W., & Lu, M. (2019). Scope-of- practice laws and expanded health services: The case of underserved women and advanced cervical cancer diagnoses. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 73(3), 278-284. doi: 10.1136/jech-2018-210709


2020 (anticipated) Ph.D. in Public Health with specialization in Epidemiology 

2016 MPH in Epidemiology, University of Nevada, Reno

2010 B.A. in English/Secondary Education, University of Nevada, Reno