Chandra Y. Osborn, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University (Affiliate)

Research Overview

Dr. Osborn is an expert in the application of the Information-Motivation-Behavioral skills (IMB) model to diabetes self-care behaviors and specifically diabetes medication adherence. She is a fully-funded researcher in technology-assisted IMB model-based behavioral intervention design and evaluation for adults with diabetes. She studies the use of technology by patients, as well as the design, implementation, and evaluation of technology-delivered interventions, leveraging patient portals and mobile devices to promote medication adherence, and understanding disparities in technology use and adherence to self-care. Dr. Osborn research leverages technology to reach diverse patients as well as understand whether and when technology works to exacerbate or reduce health disparities. Beyond content, Dr. Osborn uses qualitative interviews and elicitation focus groups to understand and contextualize the topics and populations she studies, serve as the base for designing diabetes self-care and medication adherence promotion interventions, and understand future implementation efforts. She also has a graduate certificate in quantitative research methods, and is skilled in multivariate analyses, structural equation modeling, and mediational analyses among other analytic techniques.


1997-2001 B.A. – Psychology (first major), Sociology (second major; concentration: Youth & Family), California State University, San Marcos, CA

2001-2004 M.A. – Social Psychology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

2004-2006 Ph.D. – Social Psychology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

2004-2008 Graduate Certificate – Quantitative Research Methods, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

2006-2008 M.P.H. – Public Health, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

2006-2008 Postdoctoral Fellowship – Health Services Research, Institute for Healthcare Studies
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressVanderbilt University
Department of Medicine & Biomedical Informatics
1215 Twenty-First Avenue South
Suite 6000, Medical Center East, North Tower
Nashville, TN 37232-8300