Lailea Noel, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, University of Texas Austin
Lailea Noel is Assistant Professor at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. At the UT Dell Medical School, she holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Oncology and the Department of Health Social Work. She co-chairs the Health Equity in Research Workgroup and serves on the Livestrong Cancer Institutes’ Clinical and Prevention Research Workgroup and the Breast Clinical Outcomes Workgroup. She is also Director (elect) for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Association of Oncology Social Work.
Dr. Noel has an extensive practice background in health administration in the field of oncology and nonprofit management. Her research interests seek to connect communities most impacted by cancer disparities with cancer care services by exploring patient-provider communication effects on psychosocial barriers to care. She has a passion for conducting community-based participatory research and has a wealth of experience engaging communities, social scientists, and medical professionals in such research pursuits. She also has been successful at recruiting members of marginalized populations into community engaged research.