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Angela Brega, PhD 

Associate Professor 

Research Interests:

  • American Indian and Alaska Native Health
  • Organizational Health Literacy
  • Health Literacy and Outcomes
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Cognitive Impairment and Disease Self-Management

Current Research Projects:

  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases:  Developing a Diabetes Numeracy Intervention for American Indians/Alaska Natives (2013-2016, Principal Investigator). This project will result in development and pilot testing of a classroom-based curriculum designed to improve diabetes-related numeracy skills among American Indians and Alaska Natives with diabetes.
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases:  Numeracy Intervention to Improve Diabetes Self-Management (2011-2016, Principal Investigator of a pilot project supported by the NIH-funded Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Diabetes Translational Research).  The objective of this pilot project is to develop a computerized intervention to teach Native patients the mathematical skills needed for successful self-management of diabetes.
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Making Patient Navigation and Understanding Easier: Developing Quality Improvement Measures (2015-2017, Project Director). This project will result in identification and preliminary evaluation of quality measures designed to help health care organizations assess health literacy-related features of their environments and monitor the impact of quality improvement efforts aimed at increasing support for patients with limited health literacy.
  • National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: Center for Native Oral Health Research (2008-2015, Co-Investigator).  This Center conducts research to develop effective behavioral strategies for reducing the high burden of dental disease in Native communities, emphasizing reduction of oral health problems in early childhood.

Courses Taught:

  • CBHS 6615: Health Literacy & Public Health
  • PBHL 2001: Introduction to Public Health 


  • Smith College, BA, Psychology, 1990

  • University of Colorado Boulder, MA, Social Psychology, 1995

  • University of Colorado Boulder, PhD, Social Psychology, 1998


Please visit MyBibliography website for updated publications.

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