College of Graduate Health Sciences
Executive Director
Consortium on Health Education, Economic Empowerment and Research (CHEER)
Preventive Medicine

MEMPHIS TN 381632242
Tel: (901) 448-7666


  • Ph.D., Northwestern University, Evanston, Il., Health Economics, Labor Economics
  • M.A., Northwestern University, Evanston, Il., Economics
  • B.A., Grinnell College, Grinnell. Iowa, Economics

Research Interest/Specialty

health disparities, breast cancer health disparities, health equity,economics of aging, cost of caregiving, economics, minority health and health care utilization

Research interest/specialty

health disparities, economics of aging, cost of caregiving, economics, minority health and health care utilization


  1. White-Means, S., Osmani, AR.. Job market prospects of breast v/s prostate cancer survivors in the US: A double hurdle model of ethnic disparities. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 40 (2), 282-304, 2019.
  2. White-Means, SI, Osmani, AR. Affordable Care Act and Disabilities in Health Services Utilization among Ethnic Minority Breast Cancer Survivors: Evidence from Longitudinal Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys 2008-2015. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15, 1860, 2018.
  3. Vidal, G, Bursac, Z, Miranda-Carboni, G, White-Means, S, Starlard-Davenport, A. Racial disparities in survival outcomes by breast tumor subtype among African American women in Memphis, Tennessee. Cancer Med, 6 (7), 1776-1786, 2017.
  4. White-Means S, Dapremont J, Rice M, Davis B, Stoddard O.. Breast cancer mortality disparities: Providers' perspective. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 7 (6), 46, 2017.
  5. White-Means, SI, Osmani, AR. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Patient-Provider Communication With Breast Cancer Patients: Evidence From 2011 MEPS and Experiences With Cancer Supplement. Inquiry, 54, 46958017727104, 2017.
  6. Williams, LA, Graff, JC, Wicks, MN, Cowan, PA, White-Means, SI, Tolley, EA. Male caregivers of persons with end stage renal disease. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 44 (3), 234-242, 2017.
  7. Williams, LA, Wicks, MN, Graff, JC, Cowan, PA, White-Means, SI, Caldwell, LD, Tolley, EA. Male caregivers of persons with end stage renal disease: A literature review. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 43 (6), 495-499, 2016.
  8. White-Means, S, Rice, M, Dapremont, J, Davis, B, Martin, J. African American Women: Surviving Breast Cancer Mortality against the Highest Odds. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 13 (1), ijerph13010006, 2015.
  9. Wang, J, Qiao, Y, Shih, YC, Jarrett-Jamison, J, Spivey, CA, Wan, JY, White-Means, SI, Dagogo-Jack, S, Cushman, WC, Chisholm-Burns, M. Potential Health Implications of Medication Therapy Management Eligibility Criteria in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Across Racial and Ethnic Groups. J Manag Care Spec Pharm, 21 (11), 993-1003, 2015.
  10. Wang, J, Qiao, Y, Shih, YC, Jamison, JJ, Spivey, CA, Wan, JY, White-Means, SI, Dagogo-Jack, S, Cushman, WC, Chisholm-Burns, M. Health Implications of the MTM Eligibility Criteria In The Affordable Care Act Across Racial And Ethnic Groups. Value Health, 17 (7), A789, 2014.
  11. Wang, J, Qiao, Y, Shih, YC, Jamison, JJ, Spivey, CA, Li, L, Wan, JY, White-Means, SI, Dagogo-Jack, S, Cushman, WC, Chisholm-Burns, M. Effects of medicare part d on disparity implications of medication therapy management eligibility criteria. Am Health Drug Benefits, 7 (6), 346-58, 2014.
  12. Wang, J, Qiao, Y, Tina Shih, YC, Spivey, CA, Dagogo-Jack, S, Wan, JY, White-Means, SI, Cushman, WC, Chisholm-Burns, MA. Potential effects of racial and ethnic disparities in meeting Medicare medication therapy management eligibility criteria. J Pharm Health Serv Res, 5 (2), 109-118, 2014.
  13. Wang, J, Qiao, Y, Tina Shih, YC, Wan, JY, White-Means, SI, Dagogo-Jack, S, Cushman, WC. Potential health implications of racial and ethnic disparities in meeting MTM eligibility criteria. Res Social Adm Pharm, 10 (1), 106-25, 2012.
  14. Addo-Atuah, J, Gourley, D, Gourley, G, White-Means, SI, Womeodu, RJ, Faris, RJ, Addo, NA. Accessibility of antiretroviral therapy in Ghana: convenience of access. SAHARA J, 9 (2), 74-87, 2012.
  15. Franklin, B, Jones, A, Love, D, Puckett, S, Macklin, J, White-Means, S. Exploring mediators of food insecurity and obesity: a review of recent literature. J Community Health, 37 (1), 253-64, 2012.
  16. Hong, SH, Liu, J, Wang, J, Brown, L, White-Means, S. Conjoint analysis of patient preferences on Medicare medication therapy management. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003), 51 (3), 378-87, 2011.
  17. Warren, CL, White-Means, SI, Wicks, MN, Chang, CF, Gourley, D, Rice, M. Cost burden of the presenteeism health outcome: diverse workforce of nurses and pharmacists. J Occup Environ Med, 53 (1), 90-9, 2011.
  18. White-Means, S, Zhiyong Dong, , Hufstader, M, Brown, LT. Cultural competency, race, and skin tone bias among pharmacy, nursing, and medical students: implications for addressing health disparities. Med Care Res Rev, 66 (4), 436-55, 2009.
  19. Rose Rubin and Shelley White-Means. Informal Caregiving: Dilemmas of Sandwiched Caregivers. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 2009.
  20. Shelley White-Means, Zhiyong Dong, Meghan Hufstader, and Lawrence T. Brown. Cultural Competency, Race, and Skintone Bias Among Pharmacy, Nursing, and Medical Students: Implications for Addressing Health Disparities. Medical Care Research and Review, 2009.
  21. Wang, J, Mullins, CD, Zuckerman, IH, Walker, GD, Suda, KJ, Yang, Y, White-Means, SI. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey: a valuable database for studying racial and ethnic disparities in prescription drug use. Res Social Adm Pharm, 4 (3), 206-17, 2008.
  22. White-Means, SI, Rubin, RM. Parent caregiving choices of middle-generation Blacks and Whites in the United States. J Aging Health, 20 (5), 560-82, 2008.
  23. Gourley, D, White-Means, S, Wallace, J. The economic impact of a college of pharmacy. Am J Pharm Educ, 72 (1), 01, 2008.
  24. Dick Gourley, Shelley White-Means, and Jeff Wallace. Quantifying the Economic Impact of a College of Pharmacy on an Economy of a State. American Journal of Pharmacy Education, 72 (1), 2008.
  25. Wang, J, White-Means, SI, Hufstader, MA, Walker, GD. The economic implications of the racial and ethnic disparities in the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Curr Med Res Opin, 23 (4), 853-63, 2007.
  26. White-Means, SI, Hersch, J. Health insurance disparities in traditional and contingent/alternative employment. Int J Health Care Finance Econ, 5 (4), 351-68, 2005.
  27. Darrell Gaskin, Alvin Headen, and Shelley White-Means. Racial Disparities in Health and Wealth: The Effects of Slavery and Past Discrimination. Review of Black Political Economy, 32 (3-4), 95-110, 2005.
  28. White-Means, SI, Rubin, RM. Is there equity in the home health care market? Understanding racial patterns in the use of formal home health care. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci, 59 (4), S220-9, 2004.
  29. Jennings, DL, White-Means, SI. Medical care utilization by AFDC recipients under reformed Medicaid. J Health Soc Policy, 13 (2), 21-39, 2001.
  30. White-Means, SI. Racial patterns in disabled elderly persons' use of medical services. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci, 55 (2), S76-89, 2000.
  31. Shelley White-Means. The Demands of Persons with Disabilities for Home Health Care and the Economic Consequences for Informal Caregivers. Social Science Quarterly, 78 (4), 955-972, 1997.
  32. Shelley White-Means and Deborah Chollet. Opportunity Wages and Workforce Adjustments: Understanding the Costs of In-Home Elder Care. Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 51A (2), S82-S90, 1996.
  33. White-Means, SI, Thornton, MC. What cost savings could be realized by shifting patterns of use from hospital emergency rooms to primary care sites. Am Econ Rev, 85 (2), 138-42, 1995.
  34. White-Means, SI. Conceptualizing race in economic models of medical utilization: a case study of community-based elders and the emergency room. Health Serv Res, 30 (1 Pt 2), 207-23, 1995.
  35. White-Means, SI. Health characteristics and utilization of public sector health facilities among migrant agricultural workers in Orange County, New York. J Health Soc Policy, 4 (1), 57-75, 1991.
  36. Shelley White-Means. The Economic Returns From Investments in Physical and Mental Health : A Case Study of Migrant Farmworkers in Rural, New York. Journal of Health and Social Policy, 2 (3), 39-51, 1991.
  37. White-Means, SI, Thornton, MC. Labor market choices and home health care provision among employed ethnic caregivers. Gerontologist, 30 (6), 769-75, 1990.
  38. White-Means, SI. The economic returns from investments in physical and mental health: a case study of migrant farmworkers in rural New York. J Health Soc Policy, 2 (3), 39-51, 1990.
  39. White-Means, SI, Thornton, MC. Ethnic differences in the production of informal home health care. Gerontologist, 30 (6), 758-68, 1990.
  40. White-Means, SI, Thornton, MC. Nonemergency visits to hospital emergency rooms: a comparison of blacks and whites. Milbank Q, 67 (1), 35-57, 1989.