Talar Markossian, Ph.D., M.P.H. has a Ph.D. in Health Policy and Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an M.P.H in Health Services Administration from the American University of Beirut. Her research interests include health outcomes research and economic evaluation of health services programs and policies. The focus of her recent work has been on evaluating the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of cancer patient navigation. Cancer patient navigation is a process to guide patients from underserved and ethnic minority origins through the intricacies of the health care system when they receive positive cancer screening. Other recent projects include evaluating disparities in cancer outcomes that are due to race/ethnicity and geographic residency status; and identifying healthcare system-level factors that are associated with disparities to access cancer care.

Phone: 708-327-9027

MPH Course Taught

  • Health Service and Policy Research Methods

Selected Publications

  •     Markossian, T., Hines, R., & Bayakly, R. Geographic and racial disparities in breast cancer-related outcomes in Georgia. Health Services Research, in-press.
  •     Tejeda, S., Darnell, J, Cho, Y., Stolley, M., Markossian, T., & Calhoun, E. (2013). Patient barriers to follow-up care for breast and cervical abnormalities. Journal of Women’s Health,
  •     Markossian, T., Darnell, J. & Calhoun, B (2012). Timely follow-up after breast and cervical cancer screening abnormality among underserved, urban women in a patient navigation program. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers& Prevention, 21(10), 1691-700.
  •     Markossian, T. & Hines, R. (2012). Disparities in late stage diagnosis, treatment, and breast cancer-related death by race, age, and rural residence among women in Georgia. Women & Health, 52(4), 317-335.
  •     Hines, R. & Markossian, T. (2011). Differences in late stage diagnosis, treatment, and colorectal cancer-related death between rural and urban African Americans and whites in Georgia. Journal of Rural Health, 28(3), 296-305.
  •     Markossian, T. & Calhoun, E (2011). Are breast cancer navigation programs cost-effective? Evidence from the Chicago Cancer Navigation Project. Health Policy, 99(1), 52-9.
  •     Luque, J., Martinez-Tyson, D., Markossian, T., et al. (2011). Increasing cervical cancer screening in a Hispanic migrant farmworker community through faith-based clinical outreach. Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease, 15(3), 200-204
  •     Clemens, J.Q., Calhoun, E.A., Litwin, M.S., Walker-Corkery, E., Markossian, T. et al. (2010). A survey of primary care physician practices in the diagnosis and management of women with interstitial cystitis/ painful bladder syndrome. Urology, 76(2), 323-8.
  •     Clemens, J.Q., Markossian, T., & Calhoun, E. (2009). Comparison of economic impact of chronic prostatitis/ chronic pelvic pain syndrome and interstitial cystitis/ painful bladder syndrome. Urology, 73(4), 743-6.
  •     Calhoun, E.A., Clemens, J.Q., Litwin, M.S., Walker-Corkery, E., Markossian, T., et al. (2009). Primary care physician practices in the diagnosis, treatment and management of men with chronic prostatitis/ chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis., 12(3), 288-95.
  •     Nonzee, N., Dandade, N., Patel U, Markossian, T., et al. (2008). Evaluating the supportive care costs of severe radiochemotherapy-induced mucositis and pharyngitis: Results from a Northwestern University Costs of Cancer program pilot study with head and neck and non-small cell lung cancer patients who received care at a county hospital, a Veterans Administration hospital, or a comprehensive cancer care center. Cancer, 113(6), 1446-52.
  •     Clemens, J. Q., Markossian, T. W., et al. (2007). Overlap of voiding symptoms, storage symptoms and pain in men and women. Journal of Urology, 178, 1354-8.